Boston College Preview

Boston College Preview

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Boston College Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (6-8, 0-3 ACC) hosts Boston College (6-8, 0-3 ACC) in an important series for both teams this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Both Friday and Saturday’s contests are scheduled for 6:30PM while Sunday’s finale is slated for 12:00PM.

The Series

Clemson and Boston College have met 18 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 12-6 lead in the series. The teams first met in 2006 and have met for a three-game ACC regular-season series every year since then. Last year, Clemson swept Boston College in Chestnut Hill by scores of 9-2, 7-5, and 9-2. Clemson has won the past four games and seven of the past eight meetings. The Tigers hold a 5-4 lead in games at Clemson (all at Doug Kingsmore Stadium). Jack Leggett is 13-7 all-time against the Eagles, going 12-6 at Clemson and 1-1 against Boston College while at Vermont.

The Eagles

Boston College, led by second-year Head Coach Mike Gambino, is 6-8 (0-3 ACC) on the season and enters the series on a six-game losing streak. The Eagles have yet to play a home game this season and are 4-8 on opponents’ home fields. Boston College has not played since being swept at #13 Miami (FL) last weekend. The Eagles were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Division by ACC coaches and is coming off a 17-33 (7-22) season in 2011.

On the season, the Eagles are hitting .273 as a team with 28 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, seven stolen bases, 46 walks, and 113 strikeouts while averaging 5.3 runs per game. Sophomore Tom Bourdon leads Boston College at the plate batting .359 with five doubles, one triple, nine RBI, and leads the team in homers (3) and runs (12). Senior Anthony Melchionda is hitting .310 with a team-best seven doubles, a homer, nine runs, and is tied for the team lead in RBI (10) while senior Spenser Payne is at .294 with a double, triple, homer, and eight RBI. Junior Matt McGovern is tied for the team-lead with 10 RBI and leads the team in walks (8) and stolen bases (3).

The Boston College pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA this season allowing 118 hits (.258 opponents’ batting average) and 77 walks against 102 strikeouts in 118.2 innings. Junior Hunter Gordon leads the staff with a 2.16 ERA and is 1-0 in four appearances with 13 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Sophomore Eric Stevens is 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA in four starts and has 15 strikeouts in a team-high 20.2 innings while sophomore Matt Alvarez has a team best 16 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. Senior Nate Bayuk leads the team in appearances while senior Matt Brazis has a team-leading three saves.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 6-8 (0-3 ACC) and is on a four-game losing streak, dropping a midweek game at Western Carolina after being swept at home by #6 North Carolina last weekend. The Tigers are 6-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .268 as a team with 26 doubles, two triples, 11 homers, 10 stolen bases, 63 walks and 88 strikeouts while averaging 5.9 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .412 and leads the team with seven doubles, four homers, 17 runs, 15 walks, and also has 14 RBI. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .347 with three doubles, eight RBI, 11 runs, and has six multi-hit games (in 11 games) on the season while senior Phil Pohl is at .340 with four doubles, three homers, 14 runs, and a team-leading 18 RBI. Senior Jason Stolz is batting .328 with three doubles, a homer, six runs, and five RBI while junior Thomas Brittle has 11 walks and a team-high three stolen bases.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.73 ERA this season allowing 140 hits (.282 opponents’ batting average) and 51 walks against 108 strikeouts in 128.0 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 while junior Dominic Leone has 15 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. Junior Scott Firth is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in a team-high seven appearances while freshman Daniel Gossett has the teams only save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Boston College

C        #24 Matt Pare (JR/.200 BA with 2 2Bs, 6 RBI, and 5 runs in 13 games in 2012)

1B      #33 Spenser Payne (SR/.294 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 8 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

2B      #3 Blake Butera (FR/.271 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 8 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

SS      #11 Anthony Melchionda (SR/.310 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, and 10 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

3B      #10 John Hennessy (SO/.235 BA with 3 RBI, 5 runs, and 5 BBs in 13 games in 2012)

LF      #14 Andrew Lawrence (SR/.250 BA with 1 2B, 1 3B, and 6 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

CF      #7 Tom Bourdon (SO/.359 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, and 9 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

RF      #18 Matt McGovern (JR/.255 BA with 3 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, and 10 RBI in 12 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Marc Perdios (SR/.256 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 RBI, and 9 runs in 12 games in 2012)

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.214 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, and 8 RBI in 11 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.217 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, and 9 BBs in 14 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.347 BA with 3 2Bs, 11 runs, and 8 RBI in 11 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.328 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 HR, and 5 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.412 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 14 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

LF      #1 Dominic Attansio (SO/.250 BA with 1 2B, 5 RBI, and 6 runs in 11 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.250 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 11 BBs, and 3 SB in 14 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.171 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, and 4 RBI in 12 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.340 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, and 18 RBI in 14 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Boston College will start sophomore righthander Eric Stevens. The Pompton Lakes, NJ native is 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA in four starts in 2012. In 20.2 innings, he has allowed 18 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks against 15 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with redshirt junior righthander Kevin Brady. The Gaithersburg, MD native is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in four starts in 2012. In 21.1 innings, he has allowed 18 hits (.234 opponents batting average) and four walks against 22 strikeouts.

In game two, the Eagles will start junior righthander Hunter Gordon. The Swampscott, MA native is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four appearances (three starts) in 2012. In 16.2 innings, he has allowed 11 hits (.186 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks against 13 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 2-1 with a 5.71 ERA in four starts in 2012. In 17.1 innings, he has allowed 16 hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks against 15 strikeouts.

In game three, Boston College will start sophomore righthander Matt Alvarez. The Cranbury, NJ native is 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA in four starts in 2012. In 18.1 innings, he has allowed 11 hits (.175 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks against 16 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four appearances (two starts) in 2012. In 18.0 innings, he has allowed 18 hits (.261 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 14 strikeouts.

Worth Noting

  • Last season marked the first time either team had ever swept the other (the previous five series had been won 2-1) and the Tigers have won five of the six series played.
  • Clemson is 14-14 all-time on March 16 with a 9-2 march at home. The Tigers are 25-11 all-time on March 17 with an 11-1 mark at home. Clemson is 28-9 all-time on March 18 with an 11-1 mark at home.
  • The games will mark the Tigers 12th, 13th, and 14th home games of 2012. The Eagles are not scheduled to play their 12th home game until April 15and their 14th home contest until April 25.
  • The series will mark Boston College’s northern most games so far this season. The Eagles opened the season in Conway, SC in the Caravelle Resort Tournament and have played their other 11 contests in the state of Florida.
  • Despite being 0-3 in ACC play Boston College actually has a win against an ACC opponent this season, a 5-3 decision over then #17 Virginia to open the season (the two teams are not scheduled to meet in ACC play during the regular season in 2012).

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Boston College

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Phil Pohl                .417   6-5     24      4        10      5        1

Richie Shaffer         .417   3-3     12      3        5        4        0

Spencer Kieboom    .400   3-2     10      3        4        2        0

Jon McGibbon         .250   2-1     4        0        1        0        0

Jason Stolz             .211   5-5     19      2        4        0        0

Dominic Attanasio   .000   2-1     2        0        0        0        0

Mike Dunster          .000   2-0     2        0        0        0        0

Joe Costigan           .000   2-0     1        0        0        0        0

Steve Wilkerson      .000   2-0     1        0        0        0        0

Kevin Caughman     —–    1-0     0        0        0        0        0

 

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

Kevin Pohle            0.00   1-0     0-0     2.0     2        0        2        1

Dominic Leone        3.00   1-1     1-0     6.0     5        2        4        5

David Haselden       4.85   4-0     2-0     13.0   16      7        0        10

Jonathan Meyer      6.48   3-1     1-0     8.1     9        6        1        9

Scott Firth              7.71   1-1     0-0     2.1     5        2        1        3

 

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