TCI Virginia Tech Preview

TCI Virginia Tech Preview

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TCI Virginia Tech Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (34-15, 13-11 ACC), ranked as high as #16 in the nation, will travel to Virginia Tech this weekend for a huge ACC series for both squads. Game times at English Field this weekend are 5:30PM on Friday, 2:00PM on Saturday, and 1:00PM on Sunday. 

The Series

Clemson and Virginia Tech have met 58 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 34-22-2 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1902 and have met at least three times each year since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2005. Before that, the teams last met in a series at Clemson in 1996 and the meetings this year with tie a series record for playing in seven consecutive seasons. Last season, Clemson swept three games at home before Virginia Tech claimed a 9-8 win in the ACC Tournament. The last time the teams met in Blacksburg, the Hokies won two of three games. Clemson leads the series 15-3 in ACC regular-season games while the Hokies have a 1-0 lead in ACC Tournament games. All-time, Virginia Tech leads 13-8-1 in games in Blacksburg, while Clemson is 21-7-1 in games in Tigertown. The Tigers also hold a 5-2 lead in neutral site meetings. 

The Hokies

Virginia Tech, led by fifth-year Head Coach Pete Hughes, is 28-21 (9-15 ACC) on the season including a 12-13 mark at home. The Hokies are coming off a two-game split with James Madison last weekend and are 14-5 in their last 19 games. Virginia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the ACC Coastal Division by league coaches and is coming off a 40-22 (16-14 ACC) record and Columbia Regional appearance in 2010. 

On the season, the Hokies are hitting .296 as a team with 119 doubles, 24 triples, 57 homers, 46 stolen bases, 53 hit-by-pitches, 158 walks and 305 strikeouts while averaging 7.1 runs per game. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Rash leads Virginia Tech at the plate batting .351 with 16 doubles and 18 walks, and 46 runs while leading the team in homers (17) and tied for the lead in RBI (50). Senior Tony Balisteri is batting .325 with 12 doubles, two triples, five homers, 26 RBI and a team-high 12 stolen bases. Redshirt senior Tim Smalling is batting .322 with 13 doubles, four triples, nine homers, and 40 RBI while junior Jake Atwell is hitting .311 with five doubles, three triples, and two homers. Redshirt senior Michael Seaborn has a team-leading 18 doubles, while junior Ronnie Shaban has added 50 RBI. 

The Virginia Tech pitching staff has a 4.46 ERA this season allowing 435 hits (.263 opponents’ batting average) and 217 walks against 389 strikeouts in 436.0 innings. Junior Jake Atwell has a 2.29 ERA in 16 appearances while senior Joe Parsons (6-2) has a 2.91 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts). Sophomore Joe Mantiply (5-6) leads the team with 73.1 innings pitched and is tied for a team-high 12 starts with redshirt junior Marc Zecchino (5-4) who leads the team with 83 strikeouts in 69.0 innings. Sophomore Jake Joyce has a team-leading three saves in a team-high 22 appearances, while senior Manny Martir has made 21 appearances. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 34-15 and are on a six-game winning streak. The Tigers have won their last four ACC series, 20 of their last 23 games overall, and are 4-5 in ACC road games this season. Clemson is 9-8 away from Doug Kingsmore Stadium, including a 7-6 mark on their opponents’ home field. 

The Tigers are hitting .314 as a team with 105 doubles, 14 triples, 29 homers, 91 stolen bases, 36 hit-by-pitches, 230 walks, and 302 strikeouts while averaging 7.0 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .437 with 10 doubles, three triples, two homers, 33 walks, 38 RBI, and is tied for the team-lead with 20 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .351 with 17 doubles, four homers, and 29 RBI. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .333 with 13 doubles and two triples while leading the team in homers (7), walks (34), runs (51), and RBI (40). Junior Will Lamb is batting .324 with nine doubles, three triples, a homer, 11 stolen bases, and is on a 24-game hitting streak (tied for the longest by an ACC player in 2011). Senior Jeff Schaus is hitting .309 with 16 doubles, two triples, 31 walks, and 34 RBI while redshirt junior John Hinson is at .306 with 10 doubles, two triples, five homers, and is tied for the team-lead with 20 stolen bases. Senior Chris Epps has six homers and eight stolen bases while junior Jason Stolz had a team-high 11 sacrifices and seven stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.09 ERA this season allowing 366 hits (.227 opponents’ batting average) and 144 walks against 377 strikeouts in 434.2 innings and has allowed on three earned runs in the last 55.1 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 2.82 ERA in 20 appearances (four starts) while sophomore Dominic Leone (4-1 with a 3.06 ERA) leads the team with 53 strikeouts. Junior Scott Weismann (3-4) is the team’s closer with four saves and 43 strikeouts in 49.1 innings while redshirt senior Alex Frederick has three saves in 19 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.292 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 18 runs, and 24 RBI in 41 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.333 BA with 13 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 7 HRs, 40 RBI, and 51 runs in 49 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.280 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 7 SB, 23 runs, and 23 RBI in 49 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.437 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HR, 20 SB, and 38 RBI in 42 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (*JR/.306 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, and 20 SB in 46 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.309 BA with 16 2Bs, 2 3B, 31 BBs, and 34 RBI in 49 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.324 BA with 9 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 29 RBI, and 11 SB in 45 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.257 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 HRs, 31 runs, and 26 RBI in 47 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.351 BA with 17 2Bs, 4 HRs, 36 runs, and 29 RBI in 46 games)

Virginia Tech

C        #33 Chad Morgan (*FR/.221 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 HRs, 18 runs, and 22 RBI in 38 games)

1B      #29 Ronnie Shaban (JR/.306 BA with 15 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 5 HRs, 31 runs, and 50 RBI in 48 games)

2B      #5 Michael Seaborn (*SR/.306 BA with 18 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 3 HRs, and 50 runs in 49 games)

SS      #8 Tim Smalling (*SR/.322 BA with 13 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 9 HRs, 36 runs, and 40 RBI in 48 games)

3B      #13 Johnny Morales (JR/.244 BA with 8 2Bs, 26 runs, 13 BBs, and 18 RBI in 49 games)

LF      #20 Andrew Rash (*SO/.351 BA with 16 2Bs, 17 HRs, 46 runs, and 50 RBI in 45 games)

CF      #10 Tony Balisteri (SR/.325 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 5 HRs, 43 runs, and 12 SB in 48 games)

RF      #17 Jake Atwell (JR/.311 BA with 5 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HRs, 28 runs, and 5 SB in 39 games)

DH     #7 Gabe Ortiz (JR/.279 BA with 8 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 3 HRs, 16 runs, and 13 RBI in 38 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Clemson will start sophomore righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts) in 2011. In 47.0 innings, he has allowed 30 hits (.183 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks against 53 strikeouts. 

Virginia Tech will counter with sophomore lefthander Joe Mantiply. The Danville, VA native is 5-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 12 starts in 2011. In 73.1 innings, he has allowed 78 hits (.275 opponents’ batting average) and 26 walks against 58 strikeouts. 

In game two, the Tigers will start sophomore righthander Jonathan Meyer. The San Diego, CA native is 5-1 with a save and a 2.82 ERA in 20 appearances (four starts) in 2011. In 54.1 innings, he has allowed 40 hits (.202 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks against 49 strikeouts. 

The Hokies will counter with junior righthander Marc Zecchino. The Hazlet, CA native is 5-4 with a 4.57 ERA in 12 starts in 2011. In 69.0 innings, he has allowed 69 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and 27 walks with 83 strikeouts. 

In game three, Clemson will start graduate righthander Justin Sarratt. The Gaffney, SC native is 6-1 with a 1.70 ERA in 14 appearances (nine starts) in 2011. In 58.1 innings, he has allowed 47 hits (.216 opponents’ batting average) and seven walks against 47 strikeouts. 

Virginia Tech will counter with senior righthander Joe Parsons. The Carmel, CA native is 6-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts) in 2011. In 65.0 innings, he has allowed 62 hits (.251 opponents’ batting average) wand 19 walks against 44 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett is 19-7 all-time against Virginia Tech. He is 18-4 as the head coach at Clemson after going 1-3 against the Hokies while at Western Carolina.
  • Clemson is 35-15 all-time on May 13, including a 10-10 mark on the road. The Tigers are 20-23 all-time on May 14, including a 6-15 mark on the road. Clemson is 24-9 all-time on May 15, including a 15-5 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers are 6-3 all-time at Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC. In 2005, Clemson won two of three games in 2005, swept three games in 2007, and lost two of three games in 2009.
  • Clemson is 48-31 all-time in ACC games in Virginia. The Tigers are 40-24 at Virginia, 6-3 at Virginia Tech, and went 2-4 in two ACC Tournaments held in Salem, Virginia.
  • Leggett is 115-43 all-time against teams from the state of Virginia in his career. He is 91-35 as Clemson’s head coach after going 20-6 at Western Carolina and 4-2 at Vermont.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Virginia Tech

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

Phil Pohl                .500   3-1     2        0        1        0        0        0        0        2B, HBP, CS

Richie Shaffer         .429   3-3     7        2        3        2        1        1        0        2 2B

Jeff Schaus             .359   10-10 39      13      14      3        4        3        1        2B, HBP, 1-2 SB

Jason Stolz             .286   4-2     7        1        2        0        0        2        0       

Addison Johnson     .227   10-7   22      2        5        4        3        4        0        3B, SF, SH, SB

Brad Miller              .208   7-7     24      5        5        2        6        6        1        SB, CS

John Hinson           .200   6-5     15      1        3        6        1        5        0        2 SF, SB

Will Lamb               .100   4-2     10      2        1        2        2        3        0        2B, HBP

Chris Epps              .071   9-4     14      2        1        2        6        1        0        2B, 2-4 SB

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

David Haselden       0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        2        2        .000   Save

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   1-0     0-0     1.1     1        0        0        0        .200   Save

Will Lamb               1.29   2-1     1-0     7.0     10      1        3        3        .345

Alex Frederick         1.35   3-0     0-0     6.2     8        1        5        3        .320   Save

Scott Firth              4.50   1-0     0-0     4.0     5        2        0        1        .333

Scott Weismann      4.91   3-2     1-0     11.0   14      6        3        9        .298

Justin Sarratt                   10.80 4-1     0-1     5.0     13      6        3        4        .481

Dominic Leone        27.00 1-0     0-0     0.2     3        2        1        1        .600

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