Tigers Head North for Critical Series

Tigers Head North for Critical Series

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Tigers Head North for Critical Series

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (19-13, 6-9 ACC) travels to Chestnut Hill, MA to take on Boston College in a critical ACC series. Friday’s game is at 2:30PM, Saturday’s contest is at 1:30PM, and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 12:00PM with all games scheduled to take place at Commander Shea Field on the Boston College campus. 

The Series

Clemson and Boston College have met 15 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 9-6 lead in the series. The teams first met in 2006 and have played three games against each other every season since then. Every series has resulted in one team winning two of three games against the other, with Clemson winning the series four of the five years. Clemson has won the past two series and is 4-2 in games at Boston College while leading 5-4 in games at Clemson. 

The Eagles

Boston College, led by first-year Head Coach Mike Gambino, is 13-17 (6-8) on the season including a a 1-2 mark at home plus a 2-1 record against Virginia Tech in a series they hosted at Rhode Island. The Eagles are coming off a 15-10 loss at Dartmouth on Tuesday after winning two of three games at Duke last weekend. Boston College was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division by ACC coaches and is coming off a 30-28 (14-16 ACC) season in 2010. 

On the season, the Eagles are hitting .277 as a team with 53 doubles, nine triples, nine homers, 16 stolen bases, 23 hit-by-pitches, 120 walks, and 219 strikeouts while averaging 5.0 runs per game. Sophomore Matt McGovern leads Boston College at the plate batting .511 (23-for-45) with a double, two triples, one homer, 11 runs, and 12 RBI. Junior Anthony Melchionda is hitting .327 and leads the team in doubles (10), triples (3), and RBI (31). Freshman Tom Bourdon is batting .308 with three stolen bases while senior Garret Smith is at .305 with nine doubles. Junior Andrew Lawrence leads the team with three homers while sophomore Matt Watson has a team-high 21 walks. 

The Boston College pitching staff has a 5.67 ERA this season allowing 300 hits (.299 opponents’ batting average) and 118 walks against 164 strikeouts in 257.1 innings. Senior Garret Smith (0-1) has a 0.82 ERA in 11.0 innings with six saves in 11 appearances. Senior John Leonard (4-3) leads the team in starts (8), innings (51.0), and strikeouts (24) with a 3.71 ERA in nine appearances. Freshman Eric Stevens (1-0) has made a team-leading 15 appearances to go along with 23 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 19-13 and is coming off 7-2 win over Presbyterian College on Tuesday following a series win over Maryland last weekend. The Tigers are 2-8 away from home this season, including a 1-6 mark on opponent’s home fields. 

The Tigers are hitting .318 as a team with 63 doubles, 13 triples, 20 homers, 51 stolen bases, 30 hit-by-pitches, 174 walks, and 218 strikeouts while averaging 7.4 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .415 with five doubles, three triples, 22 walks, and nine stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .374 with 23 RBI with sophomore Spencer Kieboom is at .358 with 20 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .342 with six doubles, two triples, and 24 walks while tying for the team-high with five homers and leading the team in RBI (25) and runs (38). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .328 with 11 doubles, 24 RBI, and a team-high 26 walks. Senior Chris Epps also has five homers while redshirt junior John Hinson has a team-leading 12 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.69 ERA this season allowing 255 hits (.239 opponents’ batting average) and 102 walks against 242 strikeouts in 282.2 innings. Junior David Haselden (2-1 with two saves) has a 2.41 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 41.0 innings over 13 appearances (four starts). Junior Scott Wesimann (3-4) leads the team with eight starts, 41.2 innings, and 31 strikeouts and is tied for the team-high in wins with Kevin Pohle (3-1). Graduate Justin Sarratt (2-1) has 27 strikeouts in 32.0 innings 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

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, 5 HRs, 38 runs, and 25 RBI in 32 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.278 BA with 6 2Bs, 5 SB, and 17 RBI in 32 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.415 BA with 5 2Bs, 3 3B, 22 BBs, and 9 SB in 25 games)    

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.288 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 12 SB in 29 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.328 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 26 BBs, and 24 RBI in 32 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.299 BA with 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 19 runs, and 5 SB in 28 games)

RF      #1 Dominic Attanasio (FR/.487 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 11 RBI in 20 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.374 BA with 11 2Bs, 3 HRs, 22 runs, and 23 RBI in 29 games)

Boston College

C        #4 Garret Smith (SR/.305 BA with 9 2Bs, 14 runs, and 11 RBI in 28 games)

1B      #8 Mike Sudol (SR/.232 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, and 11 RBI in 27 games)

2B      #6 Matt Hamlet (SR/.303 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 12 runs, and 10 RBI in 28 games)

SS      #2 Brad Zapenas (JR/.259 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 22 runs in 30 games)

3B      #11 Anthony Melchionda (JR/.327 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3B, 1 HR, and 31 RBI in 30 games)

LF      #9 Marc Perdios (JR/.260 BA with 5 2Bs, 14 BBs, and 13 runs in 30 games)

CF      #7 Tom Bourdon (FR/.308 BA with 3 2B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, and 3 SB in 29 games)

RF      #18 Matt McGovern (SO/.511 BA with 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, and 12 RBI in 14 games)        

DH     #24 Matt Watson (SO/.207 BA with 2 2Bs, 21 BBs, 10 runs, 11 RBI in 28 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start sophomore righthander Dominic Leone in game one. The Norwich, CT native is 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) in 2011. In 17.2 innings, he has allowed 18 hits (.273 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks against 20 strikeouts. 

Boston College’s starter for game one has yet to be determined. 

In game two, the Tigers will start with sophomore righthander Scott Firth. The Buffalo Grove, IL native is 3-0 with a 2.87 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) in 2011. In 31.1 innings, he has allowed 21 hits (.181 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks against 21 strikeouts. 

The Eagles will counter with senior righthander John Leonard. The Hanover, MA native is 4-3 with a 3.71 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) in 2011. In 51.0 innings, he has allowed 21 hits (.181 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks with 24 strikeouts.  

Neither teams starter for game three has been determined. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 10-7 all-time against the Eagles. Leggett is 9-6 as the head coach at Clemson after going 1-1 against Boston College while he was the head coach at Vermont.
  • Clemson is 44-22-1 all-time on April 15 with a 17-16-1 mark on the road. The Tigers are 38-24-1 all-time on April 16 with a 14-17-1 mark on the road. Clemson is 35-17 all-time on April 17 with a 7-11 mark on the road.
  • This is Clemson’s first game of the season that has not been played in either North or South Carolina.
  • Meanwhile, Boston College has actually only played three games on their own home field this season and have played games in seven states including a three game “home” series against Virginia Tech at the University of Rhode Island. 

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Boston College

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

Spencer Kieboom    .500   1-0     2        1        1        0        0        1        0       

Brad Miller              .462   6-6     26      7        12      7        3        0        2        2B, 3B, CS

Addison Johnson     .412   6-5     17      3        7        6        5        1        0     2B, 3B, SF, HBP, 3 SB

John Hinson           .409   6-6     22      4        9        8        2        2        1        SF, 3-4 SB

Will Lamb               .350   5-5     20      7        7        3        3        4        0        2B

Jeff Schaus             .286   9-9     42      7        12      8        1        2        1        2 2B, 2-3 SB

Chris Epps              .250   7-7     24      7        6        3        9        5        0        2 2B, 2 SB

Phil Pohl                .222   3-2     9        1        2        1        0        1        1

Jason Stolz             .143   2-2     7        0        1        0        0        1        0        SH

Kevin Caughman     .000   1-0     0        0        0        0        0        0        0        HBP

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

David Haselden       6.14   3-0     1-0     7.1     11      5        0        5        .367

Will Lamb               40.50 1-1     0-1     1.1     4        6        3        0        .571

Alex Frederick         4.76   1-0     0-0     5.2     6        3        1        7        .286

Scott Weismann      6.00   1-1     0-0     6.0     6        4        3        6        .261

Jonathan Meyer      108.0 1-0     0-0     0.1     4        4        0        1

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