TCI Wake Forest Preview

TCI Wake Forest Preview

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TCI Wake Forest Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (23-13, 9-9 ACC) hosts Wake Forest this weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games are at 6:30, while Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:00PM. 

The Series

Clemson and Wake Forest have met 169 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 119-49-1 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1901, have played at least one game against each other since 1954, and at least three games every season since 1986. Wake Forest won two of three games last season in Winson-Salem after Clemson swept the Demon Deacons in Clemson in 2009. In fact, the Tigers have not lost a series to Wake Forest at home since 1976. Clemson leads the series 59-18-1 in games at Clemson, including a 47-7 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers lead 102-37-1 in regular-season ACC games and 12-5 in ACC Tournament games. 

The Demon Deacons

Wake Forest, led by second-year Head Coach Tom Walter, is 15-23 (6-12 ACC) on the season including a 4-10 mark on their opponents home field. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 9-8, 11-inning win over Winthrop on Tuesday after winning a single game against Georgia Tech last weekend. Wake Forest was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Division by ACC coaches and is coming off a 18-37 (8-22 ACC) season in 2010. 

On the season, the Demon Deacons are hitting .222 as a team with 59 doubles, three triples, 36 homers, 67 stolen bases, 29 hit-by-pitches, 189 walks, and 369 strikeouts while averaging 4.8 runs per game. Redshirt sophomore Mac Williamson leads Wake Forest at the plate batting .313 with nine doubles, and leads the team in homers (7) and RBI (36). Junior Carlos Lopez is hitting .258 with eight doubles, one triple, and six homers while senior Steven Brooks is at .252 with nine doubles, three homers, and a team-high 22 stolen bases. Sophomore Matt Conway has seven doubles and six homers while fellow sophomore Pat Blair has a team-high 39 walks and 13 stolen bases. 

The Wake Forest pitching staff has a 5.00 ERA this season allowing 380 hits (.284 opponents’ batting average) and 152 walks against 296 stikeouts in 340.1 innings. Sophomore Tim Cooney (4-2) leads the pitching staff in wins (4), innings (61.0), and strikeouts (60). Junior Austin Stadler has made nine starts and has 41 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. Sophomore Brian Holmes has 38 strikeouts in 36.1 innings while junior Michael Dimock (3-1, 2 saves, 1.85 ERA) has 36 strikeouts in 34.0 innings. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 23-13 and are on a five-game winning streak, their third five-game streak this season. The Tigers are coming off a 5-2 win over Georgia on Wednesday following a three-game sweep at Boston College last weekend. Clemson is 17-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .317 as a team with 74 doubles, 13 triples, 23 homers, 65 stolen bases, 31 hit-by-pitches, 192 walks, and 241 strikeouts while averaging 7.4 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .412 with six doubles, three triples, one homer, 24 walks, and 13 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .378 with a team-high 13 doubles and 27 RBI while sophomore Spencer Kieboom is at .355 with seven doubles and 22 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .341 with nine doubles, two triples, and 26 walks while tying for the team-high with five homers and leading the team in RBI (29) and runs (42). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .318 with 11 doubles, two triples, 26 RBI, and a team-high 28 walks. Senior Chris Epps has five homers while redshirt junior John Hinson also has five homers and a team-leading 15 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.53 ERA this season allowing 287 hits (.239 opponents’ batting average) and 110 walks against 275 strikeouts in 318.2 innings. Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (3-0) is one of six Tiger pitchers with three wins, and has a 2.43 ERA in 15 appearances (one start) with a team-high 36 strikeouts in 37.0 innings while holding opponents to a .193 batting average. Junior David Haselden (3-1 with two saves) has a 2.45 ERA in 47.2 innings over 15 appearances (four starts). Junior Scott Weismann (3-4 with a save) leads the team with eight starts and has 35 strikeouts in 44.0 innings while graduate Justin Sarratt (3-1) has a 2.61 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 38.0 innings. Freshman Kevin Pohle (3-1) has a 1.08 ERA in 10 appearances while redshirt senior Alex Frederick (3-0) has three saves in a team-high 16 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Wake Forest

C        6 Brett Armour (SO/.160 BA with 1 2B, 2 HRs, 14 BBs, and 10 runs in 35 games)

1B      25 Matt Conway (SO/.248 BA with 7 2Bs, 6 HRs, 19 BBs, and 30 RBI in 35 games)

2B      14 Conor Keniry (FR/.203 BA with 2 2Bs, 10 runs, 3 SB, and 5 RBI in 29 games)

SS      3 Carlos Lopez (JR/.258 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 HRs, and 18 RBI in 36 games)

3B      11 Pat Blair (SO/.233 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 39 BBs, and 13 SB in 36 games)

LF      7 Mac Williamson (*SO/.313 BA with 9 2Bs, 7 HRs, 9 SB, and 36 RBI in 38 games)

CF      1 Steven Brooks (SR/.252 BA with 9 2Bs, 3 HR, 35 runs, and 22 SB in 38 games)

RF      22 James Harris (FR/.206 BA with 5 2Bs, 4 HRs, 13 runs, and 13 RBI in 35 games)

DH     26 Charlie Morgan (FR/.235 BA with 2 2Bs, 4 HRs, 10 BBs, and 17 RBI in 31 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.355 BA with 7 2Bs, 15 runs, and 22 RBI in 28 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.341 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, 42 runs, and 29 RBI in 36 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.277 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 SB, 19 runs, and 17 RBI in 36 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.412 BA with 6 2Bs, 3 3B, 1 HR, 24 BBs, 24 RBI and 13 SB in 29 games)  

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.287 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 23 RBI, and 15 SB in 33 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.318 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 28 BBs, 25 runs, and 26 RBI in 33 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.298 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 22 runs, 19 RBI, and 8 SB in 32 games)

RF      #1 Chris Epps (SR/.263 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 27 runs, 22 RBI, and 7 SB in 36 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.378 BA with 13 2Bs, 3 HRs, 25 runs, and 27 RBI in 33 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Wake Forest will start sophomore lefthander Brian Holmes. The Lawrenceville, GA native is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 10 appearances (six starts) in 2011. In 36.1 innings, he has allowed 34 hits (.258 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks with 38 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Dominic Leone in game one. The Norwich, CT native is 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in eight appearances (five starts) in 2011. In 23.2 innings, he has allowed 23 hits (.261 opponents’ batting average) and 13 walks against 25 strikeouts. 

In game two, the Demon Deacons will start junior lefthander Tim Cooney. The Collegeville, PA native is 4-2 with a 2.80 ERA in nine starts in 2011. In 61.0 innings, he has allowed 62 hits (.265 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks with 60 strikeouts. 

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Scott Firth. The Buffalo Grove, IL native is 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in nine appearances (five starts) in 2011. In 33.2 innings, he has allowed 26 hits (.205 opponents’ batting average) and 21 walks against 24 strikeouts. 

In game three, Wake Forest will start junior lefthander Austin Stadler. The Midlothian, VA native is 1-6 with a 10.34 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) in 2011. In 42.2 innings, he has allowed 75 hits (.387 opponents’ batting average) and 23 walks with 41 strikeouts. 

Clemson’s starter has yet to be determined. The likely candidate would appear to be sophomore righthander Jonathan Meyer. The San Diego, CA native is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 15 appearances (one start) in 2011. In 37.0 innings, he has allowed 26 hits (.193 opponents’ batting average) and 11 walks against 36 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett, who has 792 wins as the head coach at Clemson, is 41-18 all-time against the Demon Deacons. Leggett is 40-17 as the head coach at Clemson after going 1-1 against Wake Forest while he was the head coach at Western Carolina.
  • Leggett is 20-4 against the Demon Deacons at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. He is 17-10 at Wake Forest and 3-3 against the Deacons in the ACC Tournament.
  • Leggett has three wining streak of five or more games against Wake Forest and a six-game losing streak against the Deacons from 1998-99. Leggett won his first five games against Wake Forest from 1994-96, had an eight-game winning streak from 1997-98, and a 17-game winning streak from 2002-07.
  • Clemson is 32-22 all-time on April 22 with a 13-4 mark at home. The Tigers are 30-19 all-time on April 23 with an 18-8 mark at home. Clemson is 32-20-2 all-time on April 24 with an 18-7-1 mark at home.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Wake Forest

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

Brad Miller              .409   6-6     22      5        9        3        4        2        2        SF, 2-3 SB

Jason Stolz             .400   3-1     5        1        2        0        0        0        0        2B

Chris Epps              .308   5-2     13      2        4        1        1        7        0       

Richie Shaffer         .300   3-3     10      2        3        1        0        3        0        2B, HBP

Will Lamb               .261   6-6     23      2        6        1        2        4        0        2B, 3B, SH, CS

Jeff Schaus             .250   9-9     36      11      9        6        6        5        1        2 2B, 3B, 2 SB

Addison Johnson     .227   7-6     22      2        5        1        2        4        0        3B, SH, 1-2 SB

John Hinson           .214   3-3     14      5        3        3        1        3        1        SB

Phil Pohl                .200   4-3     10      1        2        2        0        2        0        HBP

Spencer Kieboom    .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0       

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

Justin Sarratt                   0.00   2-0     0-0     2.0     1        0        0        1        .167

David Haselden       0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        1        .250

Will Lamb               0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        0        0        .000   Save

Jonathan Meyer      4.50   1-0     0-0     2.0     3        1        0        3        .375

Dominic Leone        5.40   1-1     0-1     1.2     4        1        2        1        .400

Mike Kent               5.79   2-0     0-0     4.2     3        3        2        4        .188

Scott Weismann      6.00   2-1     1-0     6.0     7        4        3        4        .292

Kevin Brady            6.00   3-0     0-0     3.0     5        2        0        3        .385

Alex Frederick         13.50 1-0     0-0     0.2     2        1        3        1        .500

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