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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (25-14), ranked as high as #23 in the country by Sports Weekly (#25 by Collegiate Baseball), hosts Furman Tuesday at 6:30PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

The Series

Clemson and Furman have met 197 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 136-57-4 lead in the series. Furman is the Tigers fourth-most played opponent with the first meeting in 1896 and have met at least once every season since 1983. The Tigers lead the series 75-26-1 in games at Clemson, including a 26-5 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson has won three in a row and five of the last six meetings between the teams. Clemson won 8-5 last season at Clemson as part of the First Pitch Invitational and won 12-1 at Fluor Field. 

The Paladins

Furman, led by 18th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Paladins are 19-23 (9-11 SoCon) on the season including a 4-15 mark away from home. Furman enters this weekend off a three-game sweep at College of Charleston. The Paladins were picked to finish eighth in the SoCon in both the media and coaches polls and are coming off a 19-37 (11-19 SoCon) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Paladins are hitting .268 as a team with 77 doubles, 12 triples, 16 homers, 43 stolen bases, 30 hit-by-pitches, 185 walks and 265 strikeouts while averaging 5.2 runs per game. Senior Aaron Thompkins leads Furman at the plate batting .331 with 11 doubles, two triples, and 22 RBI. Junior Will Owens is hitting .329 with 4 doubles, 10 stolen bases, and leads the team in walks (25) and runs (34). Junior Will Miller is batting .284 with seven doubles, two triples, and is one of four players (Paul Nitto, Taylor Johnson, and Will Muzika) with three homers while leading the team with 11 stolen bases. Muzika, a sophomore, also has a team-high 14 doubles. 

The Furman pitching staff has a 5.44 ERA this season allowing 442 hits (.301 opponents’ batting average) and 147 walks against 202 strikeouts in 370.2 innings. Sophomore Dylan Cole (2-2) has a 3.18 ERA in 20 appearances with 26 strikeouts and eight saves. Junior Bobby Lyne (2-3) has a 3.59 ERA in nine starts and leads the team with 36 strikeouts. Junior Daniel Stallsmith leads the team with 58.0 innings pitched while freshman Tyler Wood has a team-high 10 starts. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 25-14 and are coming off a series win over Wake Forest this past weekend. The Tigers are 19-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2011. 

The Tigers are hitting .314 as a team with 82 doubles, 13 triples, 24 homers, 72 stolen bases, 33 hit-by-pitches, 199 walks, and 257 strikeouts while averaging 7.2 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .413 with six doubles, three triples, one homer, 25 walks, 25 RBI, and a team-high 16 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .369 with 14 doubles, three homers, and 28 RBI with sophomore Spencer Kieboom is at .340 with eight doubles, one homer, and 24 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .333 with 10 doubles, two triples, while tying for the team-high with five homers and 28 walks and leading the team in RBI (31) and runs (45). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .313 with 13 doubles, 30 RBI, and a team-tying-high 28 walks. Senior Chris Epps also has five homers while redshirt junior John Hinson also has five homers with 15 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.51 ERA this season allowing 308 hits (.238 opponents’ batting average) and 122 walks against 304 strikeouts in 345.2 innings. Junior David Haselden (3-1 with two saves) has a 2.49 ERA in a team-high 50.2 innings over 16 appearances (four starts). Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (4-0) has a 2.72 ERA in 16 appearances (two starts) and leads the team in wins and strikeouts (43) while holding opponents to a .194 batting average. Junior Scott Weismann (4-3) leads the team with eight starts and has 39 strikeouts in 46.2 innings along with two saves. Freshman Kevin Pohle (3-1) has a 1.96 ERA in 11 appearances while graduate Justin Sarratt (3-1) has 30 strikeouts in 38.0 innings. Redshirt senior Alex Frederick has three saves in a team-high 17 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Furman

C        Paul Nitto (SO/.282 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, and 16 RBI in 33 games)

1B      Aaron Thompkins (SR/.331 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 28 runs, and 22 RBI in 38 games)

2B      Hunter Burton (FR/.298 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 12 runs, and 4 RBI in 29 games)

SS      J.B. Jenkins (SR/.238 BA with 6 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, and 19 runs in 42 games)

3B      Alex Abrams (FR/.269 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 HR, 24 walks, and 12 RBI in 36 games)

LF      Will Owens (JR/.329 BA with 4 2Bs, 25 walks, 34 runs, and 10 SB in 40 games)

CF      Will Miller (JR/.284 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 3 HRs, 24 runs, and 11 SB in 41 games)

RF      Will Muzika (SO/.250 BA with 14 2Bs, 3 HRs, 22 walks, and 23 RBI in 41 games)

DH     Reese Wade (SR/.272 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 HR, 11 runs, and 19 RBI in 35 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.340 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 16 runs, and 24 RBI in 31 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.333 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, 31 RBI, and 45 runs in 39 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.275 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 SB, 20 runs, and 17 RBI in 39 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/.283 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, and 15 SB in 36 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.313 BA with 13 2Bs, 2 3B, 28 BBs, and 30 RBI in 39 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.295 BA with 5 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, and 9 SB in 35 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.260 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, and 7 SB in 38 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.369 BA with 14 2Bs, 3 HRs, 25 runs, and 28 RBI in 36 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Furman will start junior lefthander Kevin Gottlieb. The Palm Beach Gardens, FL native will be making his first career start and is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances in 2011. In 9.1 innings, he has allowed 17 hits (.368 opponents’ batting average) and three walks with four strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 11 appearances (six starts) in 2011. In 38.0 innings, he has allowed 36 hits (.250 opponents’ batting average) and four walks against 30 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 46-12 all-time against Furman. He is 17-5 against the Paladins at Clemson after going 29-7 against Furman while the head coach at Western Carolina.
  • Clemson is 44-18 all-time on April 26, including a 22-11 mark at home.
  • This is the fifth game of the season against a SoCon opponent in 2011. The Tigers travel to Fluor Field to face Furman (May 10), and wrap up the home schedule with Davidson (May 17).
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947-1953).
  • The Tigers are 479-156-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon, including a 288-89-1 record in games at Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 107-25 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach. 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Furman

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

John Hinson           .444   3-2     9        4        4        3        1        1        1        2 SB

Will Lamb               .400   2-1     5        1        2        1        1        0        0       

Brad Miller              .385   4-4     13      4        5        2        4        3        0        2B, SH, 2 CS

Jason Stolz             .364   4-3     11      1        4        5        2        4        0        2B, 2 SB

Jeff Schaus             .333   6-6     21      6        7        7        7        2        1        2 2B, HBP

Richie Shaffer         .250   2-2     8        3        2        0        0        0        0        2B, HBP

Phil Pohl                .200   3-2     5        0        1        0        1        0        0        2B, SH

Addison Johnson     .077   5-2     13      1        1        0        1        3        0        CS

Chris Epps              .071   5-4     14      1        1        0        4        6        0        HBP, CS

Spencer Kieboom    .000   1-1     4        0        0        0        1        1        0       

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

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   2-0     0-0     3.0     0        0        0        2        .000   Save

Will Lamb               0.00   2-0     0-0     2.0     0        0        1        1        .000

Scott Weismann      0.00   1-0     0-0     2.0     0        0        1        0        .000

Scott Firth              1.50   1-1     1-0     6.0     6        1        1        4        .261

David Haselden       1.80   1-1     1-0     5.0     5        1        1        6        .250

Kevin Brady            2.70   1-1     1-0     3.1     3        1        0        1        .231

Alex Frederick         10.80 2-0     0-0     3.1     5        4        1        2        .357

Justin Sarratt                   11.57 2-0     0-0     2.1     3        3        1        1        .300   Save

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