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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (32-15, 11-10 ACC), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, will face Furman on Tuesday night at 7:00PM at Fluor Field in Greenville. 

The Series

Clemson and Furman have met 198 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 137-57-4 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 11-3-1 in neutral sites, including a 3-0 record at Fluor Field. Clemson also leads the series 50-28-2 in games at Furman, while holding a 76-26-1 advantage in games at Clemson. Clemson has won four in a row and six of the last seven meetings between the teams. 

The Paladins

Furman, led by 18th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Paladins are 20-27 (10-13 SoCon) on the season including a 4-16 mark away from home. Furman enters this weekend off a nine-day break from games and have not played since splitting a doubleheader with Samford on May 1. 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 .266 as a team with 83 doubles, 13 triples, 17 homers, 47 stolen bases, 32 hit-by-pitches, 195 walks and 297 strikeouts while averaging 5.0 runs per game. Senior Aaron Thompkins leads Furman at the plate batting .346 with 12 doubles, two triples, and 23 RBI. Sophomore Paul Nitto is batting .290 with five doubles, a triple, a team-high 12 stolen bases and is one of four players (Will Miller, Taylor Johnson, and Will Muzika) with three homers. Muzika, a sophomore, also has a team-high 14 doubles. 

The Furman pitching staff has a 5.25 ERA this season allowing 495 hits (.301 opponents’ batting average) and 165 walks against 224 strikeouts in 414.2 innings. Sophomore Dylan Cole (2-2) has a 2.97 ERA in 21 appearances with 26 strikeouts and nine saves. Junior Bobby Lyne (2-4) has a 3.59 ERA in 10 starts and leads the team with 40 strikeouts. Junior Daniel Stallsmith leads the team with 63.2 innings pitched while sophomore Drake Browne has a team-leading 25 appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 32-15 and are coming off a three-game sweep of Gardner-Webb last weekend. The Tigers are 1-2 at neutral sites, and 8-8 away from Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season. 

The Tigers are hitting .312 as a team with 99 doubles, 14 triples, 28 homers, 87 stolen bases, 35 hit-by-pitches, 226 walks, and 297 strikeouts while averaging 7.0 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .422 with 10 doubles, three triples, two homers, 32 walks, 35 RBI, and is tied for the team-lead with 20 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .358 with a team-high 16 doubles, four homers, and 29 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .329 with 12 doubles, two triples, and leads the team in homers (7), RBI (38), walks (33), and runs (50). Senior Jeff Schaus is batting .317 with 15 doubles, two triples, 30 walks, and 34 RBI while junior Will Lamb is hitting .307 with nine doubles, three triples, a homer, 10 stolen bases, and is on a 22-game hitting streak. Senior Chris Epps has five homers with eight stolen bases while redshirt junior John Hinson also has five homers with 20 stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.18 ERA this season allowing 351 hits (.228 opponents’ batting average) and 135 walks against 364 strikeouts in 416.2 innings. Graduate Justin Sarratt (6-1 with a 1.70 ERA) leads the team in wins and has only seven walks against 47 strikeouts in 58.1 innings while junior David Haselden (4-1 with two saves) has a 2.35 ERA in a team-high 61.1 innings over 19 appearances (four starts). Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (5-1 with a save) has a 2.70 ERA in 19 appearances (four starts) while holding opponents to a .193 batting average. Sophomore Dominic Leone (4-1 with a 3.06 ERA) leads the team with 53 strikeouts while junior Scott Weismann (3-4) is the team’s closer with four saves and has 43 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. Freshman Kevin Pohle (3-1) has a 1.77 ERA in 13 appearances while redshirt senior Alex Frederick has three saves in 18 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.304 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 18 runs, and 24 RBI in 39 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.329 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 7 HRs, 38 RBI, and 50 runs in 47 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.264 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 SB, 21 runs, and 22 RBI in 47 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.422 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HR, 20 SB, and 35 RBI in 40 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (*JR/.299 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, and 20 SB in 44 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.316 BA with 15 2Bs, 2 3B, 30 BBs, and 34 RBI in 47 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.315 BA with 9 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 27 RBI, and 10 SB in 43 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.255 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 29 runs, and 8 SB in 45 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.358 BA with 16 2Bs, 4 HRs, 34 runs, and 29 RBI in 44 games)

Furman

C        Paul Nitto (SO/.290 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 18 runs, and 18 RBI in 37 games)

1B      Aaron Thompkins (SR/.346 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, 32 runs, and 23 RBI in 42 games)

2B      Hunter Burton (FR/.274 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 12 runs, and 4 RBI in 31 games)

SS      J.B. Jenkins (SR/.232 BA with 7 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 1 HR, 20 runs, and 16 RBI in 47 games)

3B      Alex Abrams (FR/.256 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 HR, 27 walks, and 13 RBI in 41 games)

LF      Will Owens (JR/.315 BA with 5 2Bs, 26 walks, 34 runs, and 10 SB in 45 games)

CF      Will Miller (JR/.275 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 3 HRs, 29 runs, and 12 SB in 46 games)

RF      Will Muzika (SO/.256 BA with 14 2Bs, 3 HRs, 23 walks, and 24 RBI in 46 games)

DH     Reese Wade (SR/.263 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 HR, 11 runs, and 20 RBI in 40 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start senior righthander Alex Frederick. The Lagrangeville, NY native is 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 18 appearances (one start) in 2011. In 23.1 innings, he has allowed 16 hits (.208 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks against 22 strikeouts. 

Furman will counter with junior lefthander Daniel Stallsmith. The Huntersville, NC native is 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 appearances (10 starts) in 2011. In 63.2 innings, he has allowed 62 hits (.259 opponents’ batting average) and 27 walks against 10 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 47-12 all-time against Furman. He is 18-5 against the Paladins at Clemson after going 29-7 against Furman while the head coach at Western Carolina.
  • Clemson is 25-17 all-time on May 10, including a 1-1 record at neutral sites. The Tigers are 8-3 all-time at Fluor Field.
  • This is the sixth game of the season against a SoCon opponent in 2011. The Tigers and wrap up their home schedule with 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. Furman

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

John Hinson           .462   4-3     13      6        6        3        1        1        1        3 SB

Brad Miller              .412   5-5     17      6        7        6        4        3        1        2B, SH, 1-2 SB

Will Lamb               .333   3-2     9        1        3        1        1        1        0       

Dominic Attanasio   .333   1-1     3        0        1        0        0        1        0        CS

Jeff Schaus             .292   7-7     24      6        7        7        8        2        1        2 2B, HBP

Jason Stolz             .286   5-4     14      1        4        5        2        4        0        2B, 2 SB

Phil Pohl                .222   4-3     9        1        2        0        1        0        0        2B, SH

Richie Shaffer         .182   3-3     11      3        2        0        1        1        0        2B, HBP

Addison Johnson     .077   6-2     13      1        1        0        1        3        0        CS

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

Spencer Kieboom    .000   2-2     7        0        0        0        2        1        0       

Jonathan McGibbon .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0        0        0

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

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

Will Lamb               0.00   3-0     0-0     3.0     0        0        1        2        .000

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

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

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        0        .250

Kevin Pohle            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        1        .333

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

Justin Sarratt                   3.24   3-1     0-0     8.1     7        3        1        6        .219   Save

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

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