TCI East Tennessee State Preview

TCI East Tennessee State Preview

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TCI East Tennessee State Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (33-15, 13-11 ACC), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, will host East Tennessee State on Wednesday night at 6:30PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Since the game was a late add to the schedule, the Tigers are offering free admission to all fans. 

The Series

Clemson and East Tennessee State have met 25 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 19-6 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1969 and last met in 2003. Clemson leads the series 17-4 in games at Clemson. The Tigers have won the last nine games in the series. 

The Buccaneers

East Tennessee State, led by 12-year Head Coach Tony Skole, is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Buccaneers are 31-16 (12-10 A-Sun) on the season including a 13-7 mark away from home. East Tennessee State enters the weekend off a 9-5 victory over UNC Asheville on Monday after taking two of three games at NC State this past weekend. The Buccanners were picked to finish third in the A-Sun by league coaches and are coming off a 32-28 (15-12 A-Sun) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Buccaneers are hitting .303 as a team with 96 doubles, seven triples, 74 homers, 28 stolen bases, 49 hit-by-pitches, 197 walks, and 355 strikeouts while averaging 7.0 runs per game. Senior Derek Trent leads East Tennessee State at the plate batting .367 with 12 doubles, 12 homers, 38 runs, and is tied for the team-lead with 50 RBI. Junior Bo Reeder is hitting .335 with 16 doubles, 13 homers, 52 runs, and 50 RBI while senior Paul Hoilman is hitting .316 with 48 runs and 41 RBI while leading the team in doubles (19), homers (16), and walks (40). Junior Dylan Pratt is batting .310 with eight doubles, one triple, 14 homers, and 50 RBI. Junior Matthew Scruggs is hitting .307 with 10 doubles, nine homers, and seven stolen bases while sophomore Andrew Green is batting .303 with a team-high eight stolen bases. 

The East Tennessee State pitching staff has a 5.00 ERA this season allowing 482 hits (.294 opponents’ batting average) and 139 walks against 283 strikeouts in 409.0 innings. Sophomore Derek Bushy (5-3) has a 3.10 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts) and has thrown three complete games while leading the team in strikeouts (57) and tying for the team-high in wins. Junior John Long (5-5) leads the team with 13 starts and 72.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Scott McNalley (5-0) has appeared in a team-high 24 games while junior Bo Reeder has made 21 appearances and has recorded 15 saves. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 33-15 and is one a five game winning streak while winning 19 of its last 22 games. The Tigers are coming off a 5-1 win over Furman Tuesday following a three-game sweep of Gardner-Webb last weekend. Clemson is 24-7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2011. 

The Tigers are hitting .312 as a team with 101 doubles, 14 triples, 28 homers, 91 stolen bases, 36 hit-by-pitches, 228 walks, and 298 strikeouts while averaging 7.0 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .420 with 10 doubles, three triples, and two homers while tying for the team lead in walks (33) and stolen bases (20). Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .347 with a team-high 16 doubles, four homers, and 29 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .33 with 12 doubles, two triples, a team-tying-high 33 walks, and leads the team in homers (seven), RBI (38), and runs (51). Junior Will Lamb is batting .325 with nine doubles three triples, a homer, 11 stolen bases, and is on a 23-game hitting streak while senior Jeff Schaus is hitting .310 with 15 doubles, two triples, 31 walks, and 34 RBI. Redshirt junior John Hinson also has five homers and 20 stolen bases while senior Chris Epps has five homers and eight stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.11 ERA this season allowing 358 hits (.227 opponents’ batting average) and 141 walks against 371 strikeouts in 425.2 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 19 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

East Tennessee State

C        # 14 Derek Trent (SR/.367 BA with 12 2Bs, 12 HRs, 38 runs, and 50 RBI in 47 games)

1B      #44 Paul Hoilman (SR/.316 BA with 19 2Bs, 16 HRs, 48 runs, and 41 RBI in 47 games)

2B      #23 Derek Niesman (SO/.233 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 19 runs, and 13 RBI in 45 games)

SS      #2 Kerry Doane (SO/.271 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, and 25 RBI in 46 games)

3B      #22 Bo Reeder (JR/.335 BA with 16 2Bs, 13 HRs, 52 runs, and 50 RBI in 47 games)

LF      #25 Cory Betterson (JR/.257 BA with 1 2B, 8 BBs, 5 runs, and 2 RBI in 31 games)

CF      #5 Matthew Scruggs (JR/.307 BA with 10 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 9 HRs, and 48 runs in 47 games)

RF      #17 Andrew Green (SO/.303 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 HRs, 19 runs, and 8 SB in 42 games)

DH     #21 Dylan Pratt (JR/.310 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 14 HRs, 41 runs, and 50 RBI in 47 games)

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.299 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 18 runs, and 24 RBI in 40 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.333 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 7 HRs, 38 RBI, and 51 runs in 48 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.272 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 7 SB, 22 runs, and 23 RBI in 48 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.420 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HR, 20 SB, and 35 RBI in 41 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (*JR/.296 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3B, 5 HR, 27 RBI, and 20 SB in 45 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.310 BA with 15 2Bs, 2 3B, 31 BBs, and 34 RBI in 48 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.325 BA with 9 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 29 RBI, and 11 SB in 44 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.255 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 HRs, 30 runs, and 8 SB in 46 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.347 BA with 16 2Bs, 4 HRs, 34 runs, and 29 RBI in 45 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Both team’s starting pitchers have yet to be determined. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett, who has 801 wins as the Clemson head coach, is 20-6 all-time against East Tennessee State. He is 3-0 against the Buccaneers at Clemson after going 17-6 against East Tennessee State while the head coach at Western Carolina.
  • Clemson is 36-17-1 all-time on May 11, including a 14-7 mark at home.
  • This is Clemson’s only scheduled game against an Atlantic Sun opponent in 2011, but the Tigers are no strangers to the conference. Clemson is 55-27-1 all-time against teams currently in the A-Sun, including a 40-7 record in games at Clemson.
  • Clemson has a 44-17 record against teams that were in the Atlantic Sun at the time of the game. The Tigers are 29-9 in games at Clemson, 12-7 in road games, and 3-1 in neutral site contests.
  • Jack Leggett is 56-27 all-time against current A-Sun teams, including a 17-2 record as Clemson’s head coach after going 39-25 while at Western Carolina. 

Tiger Career Stats vs. East Tennessee State

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