TCI Western Carolina Preview

TCI Western Carolina Preview

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TCI Western Carolina Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (6-7) travels to Cullowhee, NC Wednesday afternoon to face Western Carolina (12-4) in a 4:00PM contest at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.

The Series

Clemson and Western Carolina have met 67 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 54-13 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1974 and have played at least one game every year since 1978. Last season, the Tigers won both meetings between the squads, taking a 12-3 decision at Doug Kingsmore Stadium before winning an eight-inning, rain-shortened game by a 6-4 score at Hennon Stadium. Clemson leads the series 15-9 in games played at Western Carolina. Jack Leggett is 28-8 against his former club, including an 8-5 record in games at Hennon Stadium. Leggett was the head coach at Western Carolina from 1983-91 and won 302 games in those nine seasons, including a 3-15 mark against the Tigers.

The Catamounts

Western Carolina, led by fifth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Catamounts are 12-4 (2-1 SoCon) on the season including an 8-0 mark at home. Western Carolina enters the game off a series win over The Citadel this past weekend and have won seven of their past eight games, including a 5-3 win at #8 Georgia on February 29th. The Catamounts were picked to finish sixth in the SoCon by league coaches and seventh in the SoCon media poll and are coming off a 23-31-1 (12-18 SoCon) record in 2011.

On the season, the Catamounts are hitting .318 as a team with 43 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 30 stolen bases, 73 walks, and 81 strikeouts while averaging 7.7 runs per game. Junior Bryant Noteboom leads Western Carolina at the plate batting .394 with four doubles, a homer, and eight RBI. Sophomore Aaron Attaway is hitting .392 with six doubles, 13 RBI, and 17 runs, while senior Ross Heffley is at .386 and leads the team in runs (19), walks (17) and stolen bases (7). Freshman Jacob Hoyle is batting .383 with team-highs in doubles (7) and RBI (27) while sophomore Adam Martin has a team-best three homers.

The Western Carolina pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA this season allowing 130 hits (.243 opponents’ batting average) and 71 walks against 119 strikeouts in 141.0 innings. Sophomore Jordan Smith is 1-2 in four starts and leads the team with a 2.16 ERA and has team-highs in innings (25.0) and strikeouts (22). Redshirt junior Morgan McKinney is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22.0 innings while junior Adam Curtis is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA and a team-best .198 opponents’ batting average in 21.2 innings. Junior Preston Hatcher is the team’s closer and has a team-leading nine appearances and five saves.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 6-7 after being swept by #6 North Carolina at home this past weekend. The Tigers are 0-2 away from home, 0-1 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .272 as a team with 26 doubles, two triples, 11 homers, 10 stolen bases, 61 walks and 83 strikeouts while averaging 6.0 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .447 and leads the team with seven doubles, four homers, 17 runs, 15 walks, and also has 14 RBI. Senior Phil Pohl is hitting .333 with four doubles, three homers, 13 runs, and a team-leading 17 RBI while senior Jason Stolz is also at .333 with three doubles, a homer, five runs, and five RBI. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is batting .311 with three doubles and 10 runs, while junior Thomas Brittle has a team-high three stolen bases.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA this season allowing 126 hits (.275 opponents’ batting average) and 47 walks against 99 strikeouts in 120.0 innings. Sophomore Kevin Pohle leads the pitching staff with a 2-0 record and 1.00 ERA in 18.0 innings over four appearances (two starts). Junior Kevin Brady leads the team in innings (21.1) and strikeouts (22) while holding opponents to a .234 batting average. Senior David Haselden is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and only two walks in 13.0 innings while junior Domonic Leone has 15 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. Freshman Daniel Gossett has the team’s only save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.237 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, and 8 RBI in 10 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.238 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, and 9 BBs in 13 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.311 BA with 3 2Bs, 10 runs, and 7 RBI in 10 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.333 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 HR, and 5 RBI in 13 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.447 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 14 RBI in 13 games in 2012)

LF      #1 Dominic Attansio (SO/.269 BA with 1 2B, 5 RBI, and 6 runs in 10 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.239 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 10 BBs, and 3 SB in 13 games in 2012)

RF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.176 BA with 1 2B, 2 runs, and 3 BBs in 10 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.333 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, and 17 RBI in 13 games in 2012)

 

Western Carolina

C        #11 Adam Martin (SO/.216 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, and 8 RBI in 16 games in 2012)

1B      #20 Tyler White (JR/.352 BA with 4 2Bs, 9 RBI, 14 runs, and 12 RBI in 16 games in 2012)

2B      #2 Ross Heffley (SR/.386 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 HR, 15 RBI, and 7 SB in 16 games in 2012)

SS      #3 Aaron Attaway (SO/.392 BA with 6 2Bs, 17 runs, and 13 RBI in 16 games in 2012)

3B      #1 Bradley Strong (FR/.205 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, and 1 RBI in 15 games in 2012)

LF      #14 Dykota Spiess (SO/.220 BA with 5 2Bs, 4 RBI, and 11 runs in 15 games)

CF      #4 Julian Ridings (SO/.250 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, and 5 RBI in 16 games in 2012)

RF      #12 Cody Jones (SO/.278 BA with 1 HR, 6 RBI, and 8 runs in 13 games in 2012)

DH     #27 Jacob Hoyle (FR/.383 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 27 RBI in 16 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start freshman righthander Daniel Gossett. The Lyman, SC native is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in five relief appearances in 2012. In 4.2 innings, he has allowed six hits (.333 opponents batting average) and four walks against four strikeouts.

 

Western Carolina’s starting pitcher has yet to be announced.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 25-4 all-time on March 14, including a 7-2 mark on the road.
  • This is the first of nine games against SoCon opponents in 2012. The Tigers host Elon (March 20), travel to Fluor Field to face Elon (March 21), host Western Carolina (April 4), returns to Fluor Field to face Furman (April 10), host College of Charleston for a three-game series (May 5-7), and wrap up the home slate with Furman (May 15).
  • Clemson spent seven seasons on the diamond in the SoCon (1947-1953).
  • The Tigers are 483-156-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon, including a 165-82-3 record away in away games.
  • Jack Leggett is 111-25 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach and 224-78 in his career against current SoCon teams as a head coach.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Western Carolina

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Jason Stolz             .400   5-4     15      2        6        4        1

Richie Shaffer         .222   2-2     9        3        2        2        0

Dominic Attanasio   .200   2-1     5        1        1        1        0

Phil Pohl                .125   5-4     16      2        2        3        0

Jon McGibbon         .000   2-1     5        0        0        0        0

Joe Costigan           .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0

Mike Dunster          —–    1-0     0        1        0        0        0

Spencer Kieboom    —–    1-0     0        0        0        0        0

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

 

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

Jonathan Meyer *    0.00   2-0     0-0     1.1     0        0        0        3

Kevin Brady            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        1        2

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     1.1     3        0        0        0

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        0        0        0

Matt Campbell        0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        1        1

David Haselden       2.70   2-1     1-0     6.2     8        2        0        3

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     0-0     6.0     6        2        1        6

Mike Kent           162.00   2-0     0-1     0.1     3        6        5        0

* has one save

 

 

 

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