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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (18-13) hosts Presbyterian College in a 6:30PM contest on Tuesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

The Series

Clemson and Presbyterian have met 79 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 59-20 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1906 and at least one game in played all but five years until 1950. Once the Blue Hose moved back to Division I in 2008, the series has resumed with a single game each season and two this season. Clemson leads 34-7 in games played at Clemson, including a 2-0 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson defeated Presbyterian 12-7 in 2008 at Fluor Field, 8-0 in 2009 at Clemson, and 8-2 in 2010 at Clemson. The Blue Hose won the previous meeting this season 4-3 at Fluor Field. 

The Blue Hose

Presbyterian College, led by seventh-year Head Coach Elton Pollock, is a member of the Big South Conference. The Blue Hose are 18-15 on the season, including an 4-4 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites. Presbyterian College enters Tuesday’s contest on a four-game losing streak with a loss at Furman and a three-game sweep by Coastal Carolina but did win 10-6 last Tuesday at Tennessee. The Blue Hose were picked to finish tenth in the Big South in the conference’s preseason poll and are coming off a 15-39 (7-20 Big South) finish in 2010. 

On the season, the Blue Hose are hitting .302 as a team with 56 doubles, six triples, 25 homers, 29 stolen bases, 32 hit-by-pitches, 115 walks, and 194 strikeouts while averaging 5.6 runs per game. Freshman Brad Zebedis leads Presbyterian College at the plate batting .445 with 14 doubles, nine homers, and 33 RBI. Sophomore Andrew Williams is hitting .357 with nine doubles and four triples while leading the team in walks (16) and stolen bases (6). Junior Tony Micklon is batting .328 with 10 doubles, nine homers, and 33 RBI. Junior Gabe Grammer is batting .318 with five doubles, two homers, five stolen bases, and 20 RBI. 

The Presbyterian College pitching staff has a 4.33 ERA this season allowing 313 hits (.278 opponents’ batting average) and 111 walks against 155 strikeouts in 293.0 innings. Junior Jordan Pace (2-4) has a 2.98 ERA and leads the team in innings (60.1) and strikeouts (29) while throwing three complete games. Freshman Chandler Knox (3-1) leads the team in appearances (17) and saves (4) while compiling a 3.26 ERA in 30.1 innings. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 18-13 and are coming off a 4-1 week that included midweek home wins over Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina before taking two of three home games against Maryland. The Tigers are 16-5 at home this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .317 as a team with 62 doubles, 13 triples, 18 homers, 47 stolen bases, 30 hit-by-pitches, 171 walks, and 213 strikeouts while averaging 7.4 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads the Tigers at the plate batting .423 with five doubles, three triples, 22 walks, 22 runs, five stolen bases, and 17 RBI. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .372 with 10 doubles, three homers, six hit-by-pitches, and 22 RBI. 

Sophomore Spencer Kieboom is hitting .358 with four doubles and 20 RBI while sophomore Richie Shaffer is hitting .342 with six doubles, two triples, four homers, and is tied for a team-high 24 RBI while leading the team in runs (37). Senior Jeff Schuas, who is batting .330, leads the team in doubles (11), walks (26), and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (24). Senior Chris Epps leads the team in homers (5) and is tied with redshirt junior John Hinson for the team-lead in stolen bases (12). 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.78 ERA this season allowing 250 hits (.242 opponents’ batting average) and 101 walks against 235 strikeouts in 273.2 innings. Junior David Haselden (2-1 with a save) has a 2.68 ERA and leads the team with 40.0 innings pitched. Junior Scott Weismann (3-4) leads the team in innings (40.2) and strikeouts (28) while sophomore Jonathan Meyer (2-0) has 27 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. Redshirt senior Alex Frederick has two saves in a team-high 15 appearances while redshirt sophomore Joseph Moorefield has made 13 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Presbyterian College

C        #24 Nate Horton (SR/.270 BA with 3 2Bs, 14 runs, 13 BBs, and 13 RBI in 32 games)

1B      #44 Kenny Bryant (JR/.222 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HRs, and 13 runs in 28 games)

2B      #16 John Wagner (JR/.186 BA with 2 2Bs, 12 BBs, 9 runs, and 3 SB in 27 games)

SS      #6 Andrew Williams (SO/.357 BA with 9 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 16 BBs and 6 SB in 33 games)

3B      #10 Tyler Hill (JR/.286 BA with 2 2Bs, 10 runs, and 3 SB in 28 games)

LF      #14 Mack Hite (SR/.297 BA with 2 2Bs, 19 runs, 13 BBs, and 10 RBI in 33 games)

CF      #15 Gabe Grammer (JR/.318 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 20 RBI, and 5 SB in 33 games)

RF      #23 Tony Micklon (JR/.328 BA with 10 2Bs, 9 HRs, 30 runs, and 33 RBI in 33 games)

DH     #19 Brad Zebedis (FR/.445 BA with 14 2Bs, 9 HRs, 29 runs, and 33 RBI in 33 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.358 BA with 4 2Bs and 20 RBI in 25 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.342 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, and 37 runs in 31 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.277 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 HR, 16 RBI, and 5 SB in 31 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.423 BA with 5 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 22 BBs, and 9 SB in 24 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (*JR/.283 BA with 7 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, and 12 SB in 31 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.330 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 26 BBs, and 24 RBI in 31 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.301 BA with 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 5 SB, and 17 RBI in 27 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.255 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, and 7 SB in 31 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.372 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 HR, 22 runs and 22 RBI in 28 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Presbyterian College will start redshirt junior righthander Steve Richardson. The Howe, TX native is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 appearances (six starts) in 2011. In 44.0 innings, he has allowed 40 hits (.245 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks against 23 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with redshirt graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in nine appearances (four starts) in 2011. In 25.0 innings, he has allowed 26 hits (.263 opponents’ batting average) and three walks against 25 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 3-1 all-time against Presbyterian College with all four contests coming in the past four seasons.
  • Clemson is 31-34 all-time on April 12, including a 15-15 mark at home.
  • All-time, Leggett is 105-21 all-time against teams currently in the Big South. Leggett is 55-12 as Clemson’s head coach after compiling a 50-9 record against the Big South at Western Carolina.
  • The Presbyterian College game is the fourth of seven games against teams from the Big South for Clemson in 2011. The Tigers will host Gardner-Webb (DH on May 7) and travel to Gardner-Webb (May 8).
  • Clemson is 150-33 all-time against teams currently in the Big South Conference, including 107-17 against those same teams in games at Clemson.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Presbyterian College

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   BB     SO     HR     Other

Phil Pohl                .667   2-1     3        1        2        2        0        0        1        SF

Steve Wilkerson      .500   1-1     2        0        1        1        1        0        0       

Chris Epps              .429   3-2     7        3        3        3        3        3        0        3B, SB

Jeff Schaus             .333   4-4     15      4        5        3        3        1        1        2B

Jon McGibbon         .333   1-1     3        1        1        0        0        1        0

Jason Stolz             .286   3-2     7        3        2        2        0        1        1        SH

Will Lamb               .222   2-2     9        0        2        0        0        2        0        SB

Richie Shaffer         .143   2-2     7        2        1        0        0        1        0        HBP   

John Hinson           .100   3-3     10      0        1        1        2        4        0        2B, SH, SF

Addison Johnson     .000   2-2     7        0        0        0        0        0        0

Brad Miller              .000   2-1     5        0        0        0        0        1        0       

 

Player                  ERA   G-S    W-L   IP      H       ER     BB     SO     OBA

Alex Frederick         0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     1        0        0        3        .143

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        0        0        0        .500

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   1-0     0-0     0.0     0        0        1        0        .000

Justin Sarratt                   1.42   2-0     0-1     6.1     6        1        0        9        .250

Scott Firth              3.38   1-1     1-0     5.1     7        2        0        6        .304

Will Lamb               4.50   2-1     0-0     4.0     7        2        0        5        .350

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