TCI Davidson Preview

TCI Davidson Preview


TCI Davidson Preview


By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (36-16, 15-12 ACC), ranked as high as #15 in the nation, will host Davidson at 6:30PM on Tuesday in the Tiger’s last regular-season home game of 2011. 

The Series

Clemson and Davidson have met 36 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 27-9 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1903 and last met in 1997. This will be only the third meeting between the two teams at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, where Clemson holds a 2-0 advantage. All-time, the Tigers lead 19-3 in games held at Clemson. Clemson has won the past four meetings between the teams and seven of the last eight overall. 

The Wildcats

Davidson, led by 21st-year Head Coach Dick Cooke, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Wildcats are 18-29 (8-21 SoCon) on the season, including a 4-16 record on opponents’ home fields. Davidson enters the game on a seven game losing streak and has lost 14 of their last 16 games. The Wildcats were picked to finish 11th in the SoCon by both league coaches and the media and are coming off a 19-32 (5-25 SoCon) record in 2010. 

On the season, the Wildcats are hitting .245 as a team with 93 doubles, five triples, 20 homers, 53 stolen bases, 36 hit-by-pitches, 208 walks, and 465 strikeouts while averaging 4.4 runs per game. Junior Drew Gadaire leads Davidson at the plate batting .359 with 15 doubles, 25 runs, and seven stolen bases while leading the team in triples (3), homers (5), and RBI (36). Freshman Forrest Brandt is batting .299 with 15 doubles, 21 RBI, and a team-high eight stolen bases and 27 runs while senior Danny Weiss is hitting .299 with nine doubles, 20 runs, 19 RBI, and is tied for the team-lead with 31 walks. Junior Seth Freeman has 10 doubles and 22 walks while sophomore Michael Zeblo has eight doubles and is tied for the team-lead with 31 walks. 

The Davidson pitching staff has a 4.38 ERA this season allowing 443 hits (.273 opponents’ batting average) and 150 walks against 328 strikeouts in 413.0 innings. Senior Mike Frongello is 4-3 with a 2.59 ERA in 38 appearances and five saves in 66.0 innings pitched. Junior Chris Lamb (1-7 with a 3.40 ERA) leads the team in starts (12), innings (79.1), and strikeouts (84). Junior Danny Overcash has a 4.03 ERA in 58.0 innings over 10 starts while senior Ian Horkley has a 4.35 ERA in 60.0 innings over 11 starts. Senior Andy Bass is 2-3 with three saves and a 4.26 ERA in 38.0 innins with 40 strikeouts. 

The Tigers

Clemson enters the game 36-16 and have won 22 of their last 26 games overall. The Tigers are 21-4 in non-conference action in 2011 and have a 25-7 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, including a 16-1 record against non-ACC opponents. 

The Tigers are hitting .316 as a team with 106 doubles, 14 triples, 31 homers, 92 stolen bases, 38 hit-by-pitches, 244 walks, and 320 strikeouts while averaging 6.9 runs per game. Junior Brad Miller leads Clemson at the plate batting .435 with 10 doubles, three triples, three homers, 34 walks, a team-high 42 RBI, and is tied for the team-lead with 20 stolen bases. Junior Phil Pohl is hitting .346 with 17 doubles, four homers, and 29 RBI while junior Will Lamb is batting .326 with 10 doubles, three triples, one homer, and 11 stolen bases. Redshirt junior John Hinson is hitting .320 with 10 doubles, two triples, six homers, and is tied for the team-lead with 20 stolen bases. Sophomore Richie Shaffer is batting .313 with 13 doubles, two triples, 40 RBI and leads the team in homers (7), walks (36), and runs (52) while senior Jeff Schaus is hitting .310 with 16 doubles, two triples, 34 walks, and 36 RBI. Senior Chris Epps has six homers and nine stolen bases while junior Jason Stolz has a team-high 13 sacrifices and seven stolen bases. 

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.07 ERA this season allowing 388 hits (.228 opponents’ batting average) and 150 walks against 405 strikeouts in 460.2 innings Graduate Justin Sarratt (6-1 with a 1.95 ERA) leads the team in wins and has only eight walks against 55 strikeouts in a team-high 64.2 innings while junior David Haselden (4-1 with two saves) has a 2.35 ERA in 61.1 innings over 19 appearances (four starts). Sophomore Jonathan Meyer (5-2 with a save) has a 2.89 ERA in 21 appearances (five starts) while sophomore Dominic Leone (5-1 with a 3.06 ERA) leads the team with 60 strikeouts in 53.0 innings. Junior Scott Weismann (3-4) is the team’s closer with four saves and 45 strikeouts in 50.1 innings while redshirt senior Alex Frederick and redshirt sophomore Joseph Moorefield each have made 20 appearances. 

Projected Starting Lineups


C        #15 Daniel Gerow (FR/.216 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 HRs, 17 runs and 14 RBI in 35 games)

1B      #7 Drew Gadaire (JR/.359 BA with 15 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 5 HRs, 7 SB, and 36 RBI in 43 games)

2B      #11 James Cerbie (JR/.247 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, 17 BBs, 14 runs, and 8 RBI in 28 games)

SS      #5 Michael Zeblo (SO/.186 BA with 8 2Bs, 31 BBs, 19 runs, and 15 RBI in 42 games)

3B      #24 Andrew Barna (SO/.227 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, 13 runs, and 29 RBI in 46 games)

LF      #10 Forrest Brandt (FR/.299 BA with 15 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 SB, and 27 runs in 47 games)

CF      #12 Seth Freeman (JR/.247 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 HR, 22 BBs, 5 SB, and 26 runs in 43 games)

RF      #6 Sam Payne (SR/.175 BA with 3 2Bs, 11 BBs, 3 SB, 9 runs, and 5 RBI in 26 games)

DH     #8 Danny Weiss (SR/.299 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 HRs, 31 BBs, 20 runs and 19 RBI in 42 games)


C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (SO/.299 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 20 runs, and 24 RBI in 43 games)

1B      #8 Richie Shaffer (SO/.313 BA with 13 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 7 HRs, 40 RBI, and 52 runs in 52 games)

2B      #2 Jason Stolz (JR/.281 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 7 SB, 24 runs, and 24 RBI in 52 games)

SS      #13 Brad Miller (JR/.435 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 3 HRs, 20 SB, and 42 RBI in 45 games)

3B      #4 John Hinson (*JR/.320 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3B, 6 HRs, 50 runs, and 20 SB in 49 games)

LF      #3 Jeff Schaus (SR/.310 BA with 16 2Bs, 2 3B, 34 BBs, and 36 RBI in 52 games)

CF      #30 Will Lamb (JR/.326 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, 30 RBI, and 11 SB in 48 games)

RF      #26 Chris Epps (SR/.258 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 HRs, 33 runs, and 9 SB in 50 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (JR/.346 BA with 17 2Bs, 4 HRs, 37 runs, and 29 RBI in 49 games)

Projected Starting Pitchers

Davidson’s starting pitcher has yet to be determined. 

The Tigers will start freshman righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 14 appearances (one start) in 2011. In 25.1 innings, he has allowed 25 hits (.253 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 12 strikeouts. 

Worth Noting

  • Jack Leggett, who has 805 wins as the Clemson head coach, is 21-11 all-time against Davidson. He is 1-0 against the Wildcats at Clemson after going 21-11 against Davidson while the head coach at Western Carolina.
  • Clemson is 15-9 all-time on May 17, including a 2-1 mark at home.
  • This is the eighth game of the season against a SoCon opponent for the Tigers in 2011. Clemson has a 7-0 mark in those contests, including 6-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947-1953).
  • The Tigers are 481-156-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon, including a 309-89-1 record in games at Clemson.
  • Jack Leggett is 109-25 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach. 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Davidson

No current Tigers have faced the Wildcats



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