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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (22-13) travels to Georgia on Wednesday in a 7:00PM contest at Foley Field scheduled to be televised by CSS. 

The Series

Clemson and Georgia have met 219 times on the diamond, with the Bulldogs holding a 117-100-2 lead in the series. Georgia is the Tigers second-most played opponent with the first meeting in 1900 and have met at least once every season since 1959. The Bulldogs lead the series 68-42 in games at Athens. Clemson won the first meeting between the teams 11-5 at Clemson and has won three in a row in the series after the Bulldogs had won the previous four meetings. Georgia has won six of the last 10 meetings between the teams in Athens dating back to the 2004 season. 

The Bulldogs

Georgia, led by 10-year Head Coach David Perno, is a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs are 19-18 (9-6 SEC) on the season including an 11-8 mark at Foley Field. Georgia enters this weekend after dropping two of three games to #4 Florida. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the SEC East by the SEC coaches and are coming off a 16-37 (5-23 SEC) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Bulldogs are hitting .279 as a team with 62 doubles, six triples, 20 homers, 34 stolen bases, 27 hit-by-pitches, 89 walks, and 256 strikeouts while averaging 4.9 runs per game.

Junior Levi Hyams leads Georgia at the plate batting .342 with nine doubles, a homer, 24 runs, and 21 RBI. Junior Zach Cone is hitting .299 with seven doubles, a triple, two homes, and nine stolen bases while sophomore Kyle Farmer leads the team in RBI (33) and is tied for the team-lead in homers (4). Junior Jonathan Hester has four homers; while junior Peter Verdin leads the team with 11 steals. 

The Georgia pitching staff has a 4.76 ERA this season allowing 354 hits (.284 opponents’ batting average) and 124 walks against 238 strikeouts in 319.2 innings. Junior Michael Palazzone (6-1) has a 2.13 ERA and leads the team in innings (63.1), wins (6), and starts (9) while walking five against 41 strikeouts. Sophomore Alex Wood (4-4) has a 4.02 ERA with 11 walks and a team-high 46 strikeouts in 53.2 innings. Sophomore Blake Dieterich leads the team with 16 appearances, while fellow sophomore Patrick Boling had 15 appearances. Junior Tyler Maloof has 12 saves in 15 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 22-13 and are coming off a series sweep at Boston College this past weekend. The Tigers are 5-8 away from home this season, including a 4-6 mark on opponents’ home fields.  

The Tigers are hitting .319 as a team with 73 doubles, 13 triples, 22 homers, 63 stolen bases, 31 hit-by-pitches, 188 walks, and 235 strikeouts while averaging 7.5 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .404 with six doubles, three triples, 23 walks, and 12 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .395 with 13 doubles and 27 RBI with sophomore Spencer Kieboom is at .360 with six doubles and 22 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .349 with nine doubles, two triples, and 25 walks while tying for the team-high with five homers and leading the team in RBI (29) and runs (41). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .318 with 11 doubles, 26 RBI, and a team-high 27 walks. Senior Chris Epps also has five homers while redshirt junior John Hinson also has five homer with a team-leading 15 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA this season allowing 278 hits (.238 opponents’ batting average) and 110 walks against 268 strikeouts in 309.2 innings. Junior David Haselden (3-1 with two saves) has a 2.51 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 46.2 innings over 14 appearances (four starts). Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (3-0) has a 2.52 ERA in 14 appearances (one start) with a team-high 35 strikeouts in 35.2 innings while holding opponents to a .194 batting average. Junior Scott Weismann (3-4) leads the team with eight starts and has 34 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. Freshman Kevin Pohle (3-1) has a 1.08 ERA in 10 appearances while graduate Justin Sarratt (2-1) has 27 strikeouts in 32.0 innings. Redshirt senior Alex Frederick has three saves in a team-high 16 appearances while redshirt sophomore Joseph Moorefield has made 13 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.360 BA with 6 2Bs, 15 BBs, and 22 RBI in 27 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.349 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, and 41 runs in 35 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.275 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 SB, and 17 RBI in 35 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.404 BA with 6 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 12 SB, and 26 runs in 28 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.290 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HR, and 15 SB in 32 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.318 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3B, 27 BBs, and 26 RBI in 35 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.299 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, and 8 SB in 31 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.261 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, and 7 SB in 35 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.395 BA with 13 2Bs, 3 HRs, 25 runs, and 27 RBI in 32 games)

Georgia

C        #26 Joey Delmonico (JR/.265 BA with 2 2Bs, 3 BBs, 2 runs, and 3 RBI in 21 games)

1B      #10 Jonathan Hester (JR/.289 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, and 15 RBI in 36 games)

2B      #3 Levi Hyams (JR/.342 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 HR, 15 BBs, and 21 RBI in 37 games)

SS      #17 Kyle Farmer (SO/.295 BA with 7 2Bs, 4 HRs, 23 runs, and 33 RBI in 37 games)

3B      #8 Curt Powell (SO/.282 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 18 runs, and 9 RBI in 25 games)

LF      #16 Peter Verdin (JR/.226 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 16 runs, and 11 SB in 37 games)

CF      #12 Zach Cone (JR/.299 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 9 SB in 37 games)

RF      #45 Chase Davidson (JR/.263 BA with 8 2Bs, 3 HRs, 14 runs, and 15 RBI in 30 games)

DH     #22 Brett DeLoach (SO/.292 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, and 18 RBI in 24 games)      

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 10 appearances (five starts) in 2011. In 32.0 innings, he has allowed 30 hits (.244 opponents’ batting average) and four walks against 27 strikeouts. 

Georgia will counter with junior righthander Ben Cornwell. The Atlanta, GA native is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in nine appearances (four starts) in 2011. In 21.1 innings, he has allowed 29 hits (.319 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks against 14 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 25-28 all-time against the Bulldogs. He is 22-16 as Clemson’s head coach after going 3-12 against Georgia while at Western Carolina. Leggett is 8-13 against the Bulldogs in Athens.
  • Clemson is 33-19-1 all-time on April 20, including a 13-11-1 record on the road.
  • The Tigers are 384-352-7 all-time against the SEC, including a 185-235-5 record in games away from Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 104-114 all-time against the SEC, including 86-66 as Clemson’s head coach. He has never faced a SEC team at Vermont and has never faced LSU, Ole Miss, or Vanderbilt in his career. 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Georgia

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

Chris Epps              .500   6-4     12      7        6        4        6        4        1        2B, SF, SB

Addison Johnson     .500   5-2     10      1        5        3        1        0        0        2 2B, SH, SB

Richie Shaffer         .500   1-1     4        3        2        4        1        0        1        SB

John Hinson           .471   5-4     17      7        8        9        1        0        2        SF, SH, 4 SB

Spencer Kieboom    .400   3-0     5        1        2        1        1        0        0       

Jason Stolz             .333   4-3     9        0        3        1        4        0        0       

Jeff Schaus             .250   7-7     28      8        7        5        5        3        1        2 2B, SF, CS

Brad Miller              .250   5-5     16      4        4        2        5        4        0        2B, HBP, SF, 1-2 SB

Will Lamb               .250   4-4     16      3        4        4        1        4        0        3B, SF

Phil Pohl                .222   4-3     9        3        2        2        0        1        0        3 HBP

Steve Wilkerson      .000   1-1     1        0        0        0        0        1        0       

Jon McGibbon         —-     1-0     0        0        0        1        1        0        0        SH, SF

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

Alex Frederick         0.00   2-0     0-0     2.0     3        0        1        2        .333

Kevin Brady            0.00   2-0     0-0     2.0     1        0        0        2        .143

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        1        0        .333

Kevin Pohle            0.00   1-0     1-0     0.1     0        0        0        0        .000

Justin Sarratt                   2.31   3-2     0-0     11.2   9        3        3        17      .214

Will Lamb               2.70   1-0     0-0     3.1     2        1        4        6        .167

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     1-0     6.0     4        2        1        7        .174

Jonathan Meyer      4.50   2-0     1-0     4.0     5        2        0        7        .294

Matt Campbell        9.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        1        0        1        .250

Mike Kent               12.00 1-1     0-0     3.0     4        4        3        0        .308

Joseph Moorefield   20.25 2-0     0-0     1.1     4        3        1        0        .571

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