Statement Series with Georgia Tech

Statement Series with Georgia Tech

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Statement Series with Georgia Tech

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (27-14, 11-10 ACC), ranked as high as #23 in the nation, hosts #9 Georgia Tech this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Friday’s game is at 6:30PM, while Saturday and Sunday’s games are at 1:00PM. 

The Series

Clemson and Georgia Tech have met 202 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a slim 100-99-3 lead in the series. The Yellow Jackets are the Tigers third-most played opponent behind South Carolina and Georgia. The teams first met in 1902 and have met every season since 1974, including at least two games per season since 1978. Last season, Georgia Tech swept three games in Atlanta before Clemson claimed a 9-3 win in the ACC Tournament. The last time the teams met in Clemson in 2009, the Tigers took two of three games. Clemson leads the series 43-22-1 in games at Clemson, including a 33-15 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers lead 44-40 in regular-season ACC games, 15-9 in ACC Tournament games, and 3-0 in NCAA Tournament games. 

The Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech, led by 18th-year Head Coach Danny Hall, is 30-12 (17-4 ACC) on the season including a 9-5 mark on their opponents’ home field. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 6-4 loss to Georgia on Tuesday after sweeping Boston College last weekend. Georgia Tech is ranked #9 by Collegiate Baseball, #11 by Sports Weekly, and #12 by Baseball America. The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division by ACC coaches. Georgia Tech is coming off a 47-15 (21-9 ACC) record, Atlanta Regional appearance, and a final season ranking of #17 in 2010. 

On the season, the Yellow Jackets are hitting .317 as a team with 98 doubles, 13 triples, 29 homers, 46 stolen bases, 28 hit-by-pitches, 180 walks and 301 strikeouts while averaging 6.9 runs per game. Freshman Kyle Wren leads Georgia Tech at the plate batting .380 with nine doubles, five triples, one homer, 12 stolen bases, 44 runs, and 27 RBI. Junior Jake Davis is hitting .373 with 11 doubles, one triple, four homers, and 26 RBI while junior Matt Skole is at .359 with 13 doubles, five homers, and leads the team in walks (32) and RBI (43). Junior Jacob Esch is batting .330 with a team-high 18 doubles while freshman Daniel Palka is hitting .310 with a team-leading seven homers. Sophomore Brandon Thomas has a team-high 14 stolen bases while freshman Zane Evans also has 12 doubles. 

The Georgia Tech pitching staff has a 2.83 ERA this season allowing 319 hits (.229 opponents’ batting average) and 136 walks and 378 strikeouts in 375.0 innings. Junior Mark Pope (9-1) has a 1.01 ERA with five complete games in 10 starts and 67 strikeouts in a team-high 80.1 innings. Junior Jed Bradley (4-2) has a 2.98 ERA with a team-leading 78 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. Sophomore Buck Farmer (7-1) has a 3.27 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 63.1 innings while freshman Matt Grimes (5-2) has a 4.58 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 53.0 innings. Sophomore Luke Bard (2-2) is the team’s closer with six saves and 31 strikeouts in 35.2 innings in a team-high 19 appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 27-14 and are coming off a two midweek wins this week, 5-0 over Furman on Tuesday and 6-4 (8) at Western Carolina on Wednesday. The Tigers are 20-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2011. 

The Tigers are hitting .313 as a team with 85 doubles, 13 triples, 25 homers, 77 stolen bases, 34 hit-by-pitches, 205 walks, and 267 strikeouts while averaging 7.1 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .431 with seven doubles, three triples, two homers, 27 walks, 31 RBI, and is tied for the team-lead with 18 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .365 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 .324 with 11 doubles, two triples, while tying for the team-high with five homers and 29 walks and leading the team in RBI (32) and runs (46). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .307 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 18 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.45 ERA this season allowing 321 hits (.237 opponents’ batting average) and 125 walks against 316 strikeouts in 362.2 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 (4-1 with two saves) has a 2.36 ERA in a team-high 53.1 innings over 17 appearances (four starts). Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (4-0 with a save) has a 2.66 ERA in 17 appearances (two starts), is tied for the team-high in wins, and leads the team in strikeouts (46) while holding opponents to a .190 batting average. Junior Scott Weismann (3-4) 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 18 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Georgia Tech

C        #10 Zane Evans (FR/.284 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 HRs, 25 runs, and 29 RBI in 38 games)

1B      #24 Jake Davis (JR/.373 BA with 11 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, 28 runs, and 26 RBI in 40 games)

2B      #3 Matt Hyde (FR/.274 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 28 runs, and 33 RBI in 42 games)

SS      #9 Jacob Esch (JR/.330 BA with 18 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 3 HRs, 40 runs, and 25 RBI in 42 games)

3B      #16 Matt Skole (JR/.359 BA with 13 2Bs, 5 HRs, 32 BBs, 35 runs, and 43 RBI in 40 games)

LF      #31 Sam Dove (SO/.363 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 19 runs, and 14 RBI in 33 games)

CF      #8 Kyle Wren (FR/.380 BA with 9 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 1 HR, 44 runs, and 12 SB in 42 games)

RF      #6 Brandon Thomas (SO/.309 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 25 BBs, and 14 SB in 42 games)

DH     #32 Daniel Palka (FR/.310 BA with 14 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 7 HRs, 30 runs, and 37 RBI in 42 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.330 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 16 runs, and 24 RBI in 33 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.324 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, 32 RBI, and 46 runs in 41 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.270 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 SB, 20 runs, and 17 RBI in 40 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.431 BA with 7 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HR, 18 SB, and 31 RBI in 34 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (JR/.299 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, and 18 SB in 38 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.307 BA with 13 2Bs, 2 3B, 29 BBs, and 30 RBI in 41 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.300 BA with 6 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 21 RBI, and 9 SB in 35 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.260 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 28 runs, and 7 SB in 39 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.365 BA with 14 2Bs, 3 HRs, 27 runs, and 28 RBI in 38 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Georgia Tech will start junior righthander Mark Pope. The Marietta, GA native is 9-1 with a 1.01 ERA in 10 starts in 2011. In 80.1 innings, he has allowed 49 hits (.174 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks against 67 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Dominic Leone in game one. The Norwich, CT native is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in nine appearances (six starts) in 2011. In 32.0 innings, he has allowed 26 hits (.226 opponents’ batting average) and 16 walks against 35 strikeouts. 

In game two, the Yellow Jackets will start junior lefthander Jed Bradley. The Huntsville, AL native is 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts in 2011. In 60.1 innings, he has allowed 48 hits (.215 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks against 78 strikeouts. 

The Tigers will counter with sophomore righthander Jonathan Meyer. The San Diego, CA native is 4-0 with a save and a 2.66 ERA in 17 appearances (two starts) in 2011. In 44.0 innings, he has allowed 30 hits (.190 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks against 46 strikeouts. 

In game three, Georgia Tech will start sophomore righthander Buck Farmer. The Conyers, GA native is 7-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 10 starts in 2011. In 63.1 innings, he has allowed 61 hits (.254 opponents’ batting average) and 21 walks against 68 strikeouts. 

Clemson will counter with graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 appearances (seven starts) in 2011. In 44.0 innings, he has allowed 40 hits (.241 opponents’ batting average) and four walks against 35 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett, who has 796 wins as the head coach at Clemson, is 38-35 all-time against the Yellow Jackets. Leggett is 35-30 as the head coach at Clemson after going 3-5 against Georgia Tech while he was the head coach at Western Carolina.
  • Leggett is 17-6 against the Yellow Jackets at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. He is 8-19 at Georgia Tech, 8-5 against the Yellow Jackets in the ACC Tournament, and 2-0 against Georgia Tech in the NCAA Tournament (both games in the College World Series).
  • Leggett and Danny Hall both took over at their respective schools in 1994. Since that time, the series has been pretty even. Leggett has winning streak of six games (1994-96) and five games (2002-03), while Hall has a five game winning streak (2004-05).
  • Clemson and Georgia Tech met seven times during the 2006 season. The Tigers won the series that year 4-3 as all seven games took place between April 14 and June 16.
  • Clemson is 16-16 all-time on April 29 with a 8-5 mark at home. The Tigers are 24-14-1 all-time on April 30 with an 13-8-1 mark at home. Clemson is 18-19 all-time on May 1 with 6-9 mark at home.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Georgia Tech

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

Spencer Kieboom    .750   2-1     4        2        3        0        1        0        0

Jeff Schaus             .383   11-11 47      9        18      13      3        2        3        3 2B, HBP

Brad Miller              .364   7-7     22      3        8        6        7        8        0        2 2B, 3B, SH, 2 SB

Addison Johnson     .313   9-5     16      2        5        1        1        4        0        3B, HBP, SH, SB

Will Lamb               .286   2-2     7        0        2        1        0        1        0        SH

John Hinson           .250   6-6     24      1        6        2        0        5        0        SF, SB

Richie Shaffer         .250   2-2     8        3        2        3        0        3        1       

Chris Epps              .227   6-6     22      6        5        0        4        9        0        2B, HBP, 1-2 SB

Jason Stolz             .071   4-4     14      1        1        0        0        5        0       

Phil Pohl                .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0        1        0

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

Kevin Brady            0.00   2-0     0-0     3.0     0        0        0        4        .000

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        2        0        .000

Scott Weismann      4.00   2-1     0-1     9.0     10      4        2        8        .278   Save

Will Lamb               6.10   3-2     1-1     10.1   16      7        4        9        .348

Dominic Leone        6.75   2-0     0-0     1.1     4        1        0        2        .571

David Haselden       9.00   1-0     0-1     2.0     2        2        1        1        .286  

Scott Firth              9.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        1        1        2        .400

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

Justin Sarratt                   27.00 1-0     0-0     0.1     3        1        0        0        .750

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