TCI Elon Preview

TCI Elon Preview

Baseball

TCI Elon Preview

By

By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (9-8) hosts Elon (12-8) in a different type of midweek series. Tuesday’s game is schedule for a 6:30PM start at Doug Kingsmore Stadium while Wednesday’s game is slated for a 5:00PM start at Fluor Field in Greenville. The Tigers will be the home team at the game in Greenville.

The Series

Clemson and Elon have met 19 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 12-7 lead in the series. Elon won the first meeting in 1920 and then the teams did not meet again until a 17-5 Clemson win in 2000. This year will mark the fifth straight year the teams have played two midweek games. Last season, the Tigers won both games of a midweek series by scores of 7-2 and 9-2. Elon won both games in 2010 by scores of 15-10 and 4-3 (10 innings). Overall, Clemson has won 10 of the previous 13 meetings between the squads. All 19 games of the series have been played at Clemson and the Tigers hold a 12-6 lead in games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 13-9 all-time against the Phoenix, going 12-6 at Clemson and was 1-3 against Elon at Western Carolina.

The Phoenix

Elon, led by 16th-year Head Coach Mike Kennedy, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Phoenix are 12-8 (6-3 SoCon) on the season including a 5-6 record on opponents’ home fields. Elon enters the game after dropping two of three games at Davidson this past weekend and are 0-2 against ACC squads (losing 3-0 at home to #6 North Carolina and 8-1 at #19 NC State) this season. The Phoenix were picked to finish third in the SoCon media poll and fourth by league coaches and are coming off a 36-21 (23-7 SoCon/regular season champs) record in 2011.

On the season, the Phoenix are hitting .245 as a team with 27 doubles, five triples, 11 homers, 42 stolen bases, 68 walks, and 161 strikeouts while averaging 4.7 runs per game. Junior Alex Swim leads Elon at the plate batting .329 with a double, homer, 6 runs, and is tied for the team-high in RBI (14) while senior Jake Luce is hitting .324 with 6 doubles, a team-best three triples, a homer, and 11 RBI. Senior Garrett Koster is the top power hitter on the squad, leading the team in doubles (7), homers (4), and walks (11) while tying for the team-lead in RBI (14). Five different Phoenix players have totaled at least six stolen bases, led by junior Niko Fraser’s team-high seven steals.

The Elon pitching staff has a 3.08 ERA this season allowing 147 hits (.221 opponents’ batting average) and 84 walks against 146 strikeouts in 184.1 innings. Junior Dylan Clark leads the staff with a 1.26 ERA in six appearances (five starts) while leading the team in wins (5), innings (35.2) and tying for a team-best 26 strikeouts. Junior Spencer Medick has 26 strikeouts in 22.2 innings while junior Andrew MacDonald is tied for the team-lead in appearances (9). Junior Nate Young is the team’s closer with three saves, along with a 2-1 record, in nine appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 9-8 (3-3 ACC) and is on a three-game winning streak, their longest of the season. The Tigers are 1-1 in midweek games in 2012. Clemson is 9-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and is 0-1 at neutral sites this season.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .272 as a team with 31 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, 13 stolen bases, 77 walks and 101 strikeouts while averaging 5.8 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .393 and leads the team in doubles (8), homers (4), runs (19) and walks (18) while also having 16 RBI. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .365 with five doubles, nine RBI, 13 runs, and a team-best four stolen bases while recording has eight multi-hit games (in 14 games) on the season. Senior Phil Pohl is at .328 with four doubles, three homers, 14 runs, and a team-leading 20 RBI while fellow senior Jason Stolz is batting .300 with four doubles, a homer, seven runs, and six RBI.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.54 ERA this season allowing 161 hits (.271 opponents’ batting average) and 63 walks against 134 strikeouts in 155.0 innings. Sophomore Kevin Pohle leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and a league-best 1.09 ERA in 24.2 innings over five appearances (three starts). Junior Kevin Brady leads the team in innings (28.0) and strikeouts (31) while junior Dominic Leone has 16 strikeouts in 23.0 innings and is holding opponents to a .218 batting average. Junior Scott Firth is 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in a team-tying-high eight appearances while sophomore Matt Campbell, junior Jonathan Meyer, and freshman Daniel Gossett have each recorded a save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Elon

C        #27 Alex Swim (JR/.329 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, and 6 runs in 20 games in 2012)

1B      #22 Ryan Kinsella (SO/.279 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, and 13 RBI in 20 games in 2012)

2B      #5 Sebastian Gomez (SO/.307 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 11 RBI, and 6 SB in 20 games in 2012)

SS      #10 Garrett Koster (SR/.293 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 14 RBI in 20 games in 2012)

3B      #2 Chris Bresnahan (JR/.175 BA with 2 RBI, 9 runs, 6 BBs, and 2 SB in 19 games in 2012)

LF      #13 Jake Luce (SR/.324 BA with 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, and 11 RBI in 20 games in 2012)

CF      #1 Nike Fraser (JR/.216 BA with 3 2Bs, 9 RBI, 11 runs, and 7 SB in 19 games in 2012)

RF      #4 Eric Serra (SO/.258 BA with 1 3B, 3 RBI, 8 runs, and 6 SB in 14 games in 2012)

DH     #8 Joey Tomko (FR/.189 BA with 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 4 runs, and 4 BBs in 16 games in 2012)

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.240 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 8 RBI, and 6 runs in 14 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.208 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, and 10 BBs in 16 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.365 BA with 5 2Bs, 9 RBI, 13 runs, and 4 SB in 14 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.328 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 6 RBI, and 2 SB in 17 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.393 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 16 RBI in 17 games in 2012)

LF      #1 Dominic Attansio (SO/.200 BA with 1 2B, 6 RBI, 7 runs, and 5 BBs in 14 games in 2012)

CF      #18 Tyler Slaton (FR/.067 BA with 1 RBI, 1 run, 2 BBs, and 1 sac bunt in 11 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.217 BA with 1 2B, 3 HRs, 8 RBI, and 2 SB in 15 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.328 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, 20 RBI, and 14 runs in 17 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Elon will start sophomore righthander Jim Stokes. The Royersford, PA native is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance in 2012. In 16.2 innings, he has allowed 11 hits (.204 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks against 12 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with junior righthander Jonathan Meyer. The San Diego, CA native is 0-1 (with a save) and has a 3.29 ERA in eight relief appearances in 2012. In 13.2 innings, he has allowed 17 hits (.279 opponents batting average) and three walks against 13 strikeouts.

In game two, the Phoenix have yet to determine a starter.

The Tigers are expected to counter with freshman righthander Daniel Gossett. The Lyman, SC native is 0-2 (with a save) and has a 10.12 ERA in six appearances (one start) in 2012. In 8.0 innings, he has allowed 12 hits (.353 opponents’ batting average) and five walks against eight strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 30-15 all-time on March 20 with a 12-2 mark at home. The Tigers are 18-15-1 all-time on March 21 with a 0-1 mark at neutral sites. Clemson defeated Elon 5-3 at home on March 21, 2006 in the only meeting between the teams on either date.
  • This is the second of nine games against SoCon opponents in 2012 (0-1 so far). The Tigers still have games against Western Carolina (April 4), face Furman at Fluor Field (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 483-157-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon while Jack Leggett is 111-26 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach and 224-79 in his career against current SoCon teams as a head coach.
  • Elon is 12-2 when scoring three runs or more and 0-6 when scoring less than three runs.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Elon

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Mike Dunster          1.000 1-0     1        0        1        0        0

Dominic Attanasio   .750   1-1     4        3        3        2        1

Spencer Kieboom    .571   3-2     7        2        4        3        0

Richie Shaffer         .333   2-2     6        1        2        3        0

Phil Pohl                .286   3-3     7        3        2        0        0

Jon McGibbon         .286   2-2     7        2        2        0        0

Jason Stolz             .250   5-5     12      3        3        1        0

Steve Wilkerson      .143   2-2     7        0        1        0        0

Joe Costigan           .000   1-0     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

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

Matt Campbell        0.00   1-0     0-0     0.2     1        0        1        0

David Haselden       1.93   2-0     0-0     4.2     4        1        2        4

Mike Kent               4.50   1-1     0-0     4.0     4        2        2        1

Kevin Brady            9.00   1-1     0-0     4.0     7        4        2        5

Jonathan Meyer      11.57 2-0     0-1     2.1     5        3        2        4

Scott Firth              27.00 1-0     0-1     1.0     5        3        1        0

 

Latest

More The Clemson Insider
Home