Western Carolina Preview

Western Carolina Preview

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Western Carolina Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (26-14), ranked as high as #23 in the nation by Sports Weekly (#25 by Collegiate Baseball), travels to Cullowhee, NC Wednesday night to face Western Carolina in a 6:00PM contest at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. 

The Series

Clemson and Western Carolina have met 66 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 53-13 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1974 and have played at least one game every year since 1978. The Tigers lead the series 14-9 in games at Western Carolina, while Jack Leggett is 27-8 against his former club. Leggett was the head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in those nine seasons, including a 3-15 mark against the Tigers. Earlier this season, the Tigers won 12-3 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 

The Catamounts

Western Carolina, led by fourth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Catamounts are 17-20-1 (7-14 SoCon) on the season including an 11-9-1 mark at home. Western Carolina enters the game on a three-game win streak, including a 6-2 win at High Point on Tuesday night. The Catamounts were picked to finish fourth in the SoCon by league coaches and fifth in the SoCon media poll and are coming off a 37-21-1 (16-13-1 SoCon) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Catamounts are hitting .299 as a team with 90 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers, 62 stolen bases, 52 hit-by-pitches, 163 walks, and 279 strikeouts while averaging 6.8 runs per game.

Junior Ross Heffley leads Western Carolina at the plate batting .420 with 16 doubles, two triples, five homers, and 46 RBI. Redshirt senior Stephen Notaro is hitting .398 with nine doubles, two homers, and 29 RBI while senior Matt Johns is batting .313 with a team-high 18 stolen bases. Senior Austin Schultz is hitting .313 with 10 doubles, one triple, one homer, and a team-leading 23 walks. 

The Western Carolina pitching staff has a 5.74 ERA this season allowing 377 hits (.288 opponents’ batting average) and 203 walks against 302 strikeouts in 337.0 innings. Freshman Jordan Smith has started a team-high nine games and leads the team in strikeouts (43) and innings (53.0). Senior Matt Benedict (1-2) has a 4.01 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. Redshirt senior Andrew Chilcoat has appeared a team-high 23 times while redshirt sophomore Morgan McKinney has made 19 appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 26-14 and are coming off a 5-0 win over Furman on Tuesday. The Tigers are 5-6 on opponents’ home fields in 2011.  

The Tigers are hitting .311 as a team with 82 doubles, 13 triples, 25 homers, 74 stolen bases, 33 hit-by-pitches, 202 walks, and 260 strikeouts while averaging 7.2 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .416 with six doubles, three triples, two homers, 25 walks, 29 RBI, and a team-high 17 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .366 with 14 doubles, three homers, and 28 RBI with sophomore Spencer Kieboom is at .330 with eight doubles, one homer, and 24 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .326 with 10 doubles, two triples, while tying for the team-high with five homers and 29 walks and leading the team in RBI (31) and runs (45). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .306 with 13 doubles, 30 RBI, and a team-tying-high 29 walks. Senior Chris Epps also has five homers while redshirt junior John Hinson also has five homers with 16 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA this season allowing 314 hits (.237 opponents’ batting average) and 122 walks against 311 strikeouts in 354.2 innings. Graduate Justin Sarratt (4-1) is tied for the team-high in wins and has only four walks against 35 strikeouts in 44.0 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), is tied for the team-high in wins, and leads the team in 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 1.86 ERA in 12 appearances while redshirt senior Alex Frederick has three saves in a team-high 17 appearances.

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.366 BA with 14 2Bs, 3 HRs, 26 runs, and 28 RBI in 37 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.326 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, 31 RBI, and 45 runs in 40 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.268 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 SB, 20 runs, and 17 RBI in 40 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.416 BA with 6 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HR, 17 SB, and 29 RBI in 33 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.289 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, and 16 SB in 37 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.306 BA with 13 2Bs, 2 3B, 29 BBs, and 30 RBI in 40 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.294 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 39 games)

DH     #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.330 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 16 runs, and 24 RBI in 32 games)

Western Carolina

C        #11 Adam Martin (FR/.303 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, and 19 RBI in 32 games)

1B      #9 Tyler White (SO/.252 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 HR, 13 HBPs, and 18 runs in 37 games)

2B      #2 Ross Heffley (JR/.420 BA with 16 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, and 46 RBI in 36 games)

SS      #3 Aaron Attaway (FR/.286 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 27 runs, and 20 RBI in 38 games)

3B      #14 Austin Schultz (SR/.313 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 23 BBs in 38 games)

LF      #41 Dykota Spiess (FR/.212 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, 9 runs, and 7 RBI in 27 games)

CF      #6 Matt Johns (SR/.313 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 4 HRs, 18 SB, and 32 RBI in 37 games)

RF      #1 Cameron Dullnig (JR/.283 BA with 7 2Bs, 27 runs, 15 RBI, and 10 SB in 38 games)

DH     #7 Stephen Notaro (SR/.398 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 HRs, 24 runs, and 29 RBI in 33 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start redshirt senior righthander Alex Frederick. The Lagrangeville, NY native is 0-3 with three saves in 17 appearances in 2011. In 19.0 innings, he has allowed 12 hits (.194 opponents’ batting average) and seven walks against 20 strikeouts. 

Western Carolina’s starter is to be determined. 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 30-21 all-time on April 27, including a 9-12 mark on the road.
  • This is the sixth game of the season against a SoCon opponent in 2011, but the first contest that will be away from Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers are 5-0 in those games with two remaining, a trip to Fluor Field to face Furman (May 10) and the last regular-season home game against Davidson (May 17).
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947-1953).
  • The Tigers are 480-156-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon, including a 191-67-5 record away from Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 108-25 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach. 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Western Carolina

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

John Hinson           .500   2-2     4        4        2        3        3        0        2        HBP, SB

Jason Stolz             .417   4-3     12      2        5        4        0        2        1        2B, HBP

Will Lamb               .400   2-1     5        2        2        0        1        1        0        2B, SB

Jeff Schaus             .381   6-6     21      5        8        3        3        2        1        2B

Brad Miller              .250   4-4     12      5        3        2        4        2        0        HBP, SC

Dominic Attanasio   .250   1-1     4        1        1        1        0        2        0       

Richie Shaffer         .200   1-1     5        2        1        1        0        1        0        2B

Addison Johnson     .238   6-5     21      4        5        2        1        6        0        2B, 3B

Chris Epps              .077   6-4     13      2        1        1        3        5        0        SF, SB

Phil Pohl                .077   4-4     13      1        1        3        1        6        0        2B, SF

Joe Costigan           .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0        1        0       

Jon McGibbon         .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0       

Mike Dunster          —      1-0     0        1        0        0        1        0        0       

Steve Wilkerson      —      1-0     0        0        0        0        1        0        0       

 

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

Alex Frederick         0.00   2-0     1-0     3.0     1        0        0        5        .100

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        1        2        .000

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     1.1     3        0        0        0        .429

Will Lamb               0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     0        0        0        2        .000

Justin Sarratt                   0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        1        0        .333

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        0        0        0        .400

Matt Campbell        0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        1        1        .000

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        0        0        .000

Scott Weismann      1.50   1-0     1-0     6.0     7        1        1        5        .304

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     0-0     6.0     6        2        1        6        .261

David Haselden       4.50   1-1     0-0     4.0     5        2        0        3        .313

Mike Kent               162.0 2-0     0-1     0.1     3        6        5        0        .750

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