TCI Virginia Preview

TCI Virginia Preview

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TCI Virginia Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (11-8, 3-3 ACC) travels to Virginia (12-8-1, 2-4 ACC) in an important series for both teams as they look to get back in their respective division races. Friday the Tigers and Cavs are scheduled to play at 6 PM while Saturday and Sunday’s finale are slated for 1:00PM with all games at UVA Baseball Stadium/Davenport Field on the Virginia campus.

The Series

Clemson and Virginia have met 146 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 102-44 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1955 and have played at least one game in every season sine then except for 2008. Last year, the Cavaliers swept the Tigers at Doug Kingsmore by scores of 5-0, 8-7, and 7-6. In the last series in Charlottesville in 2010, then #1 Virginia won two of three games. The Cavaliers have won 17 of the past 21 meetings between the two squads after Clemson had won 11 of the previous 13. The Tigers hold a 40-24 lead in games at Virginia, a 10-7 lead in ACC Tournament meetings, and a 92-37 lead in ACC regular-season games. Jack Leggett is 33-24 all-time against the Cavaliers, going 31-24 at Clemson and 2-0 against Virginia while at Vermont.

The Cavaliers

Virginia, led by ninth-year Head Coach Brian O’Conner, is 12-8-1 (2-4 ACC) on the season. The Cavaliers are coming off a 12-3 home win over VMI on Wednesday after being swept at #6 Florida State last weekend. Virginia is 10-4 at home on the season and has won their last five home contests. The Cavaliers are the defending Coastal Division champions and ACC Tournament champions. They were picked to finish third in the Coastal Division by ACC coaches in the 2012 preseason polls. Virginia is coming off a 56-12 (22-8 ACC) season that saw them make their second appearance in the College World Series in the past three years and had a final season ranking of #3 in 2011.

On the season, the Cavaliers are hitting .316 as a team with 34 doubles, 12 triples, eight homers, 35 stolen bases, 100 walks, 44 HBPs, and 111 strikeouts while averaging 7.1 runs per game. Senior Jared King leads Virginia at the plate batting .387 with six doubles, three triples, two homers, and 15 runs while leading the team in RBI (23), walks (18), and stolen bases (8). Junior Reed Gragnani is hitting .373 with two doubles and nine RBI while freshman Mike Papi is at .338 with a team-high seven doubles along with 14 RBI and 20 runs. Junior Chris Taylor has scored a team-best 22 runs to go along with four doubles, three triples, three homers, and 19 RBI.

The Virginia pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA this season allowing 177 hits (.251 opponents’ batting average) and 70 walks against 179 strikeouts in 189.0 innings. Senior Scott Silverstein is one of the leaders on the staff with a 2.22 ERA in five starts and has 28 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. Junior Whit Mayberry is 2-0 with a 3.67 ERA in five starts with 24 strikeouts in 27.0 innings while junior Brandon Kline (3-2, 3.69 ERA) leads the team in innings (31.2) and strikeouts (29). Senior Justin Thompson is the team’s closer with the staff’s only two saves and has made a staff-high 11 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 11-8 (033 ACC) and is on a five-game winning streak, sweeping Boston College at home last weekend and taking two games from Elon in midweek action. The Tigers are 1-3 away from home this season, including 0-2 on opponents’ home fields.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .274 as a team with 32 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, 19 stolen bases, 89 walks and 115 strikeouts while averaging 5.7 runs per game. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson leads Clemson at the plate batting .394 with five doubles, 11 RBI, 14 runs, and is tied for the team lead with four stolen bases while also having nine multi-hit games (in 16 games). Junior Richie Shaffer is hitting .358 with 16 RBI and leads the team with eight doubles, four homers, 20 runs, and 21 walks. Senior Phil Pohl is at .324 with four doubles, three homers, 14 runs, and leads the team in RBI (21) and HBPs (8) while fellow senior Jason Stolz is hitting .299 with four doubles, a homer, and three stolen bases. Senior Brad Felder has three homers and is tied for a team-high four stolen bases.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA this season allowing 176 hits (.274 opponents’ batting average) and 66 walks against 156 strikeouts in 173.0 innings. Sophomore Kevin Pohle leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and 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 and 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings over eight appearances while junior Jonathan Meyer has 18 strikeouts in 18.2 innings in a team-high nine appearances. Sophomore Matt Campbell has a team-leading two saves, while freshman Daniel Gossett and Meyer have each recorded a save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.232 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 9 RBI, and 7 BBs in 16 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.208 BA with 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, and 10 BBs in 17 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.394 BA with 5 2Bs, 11 RBI, 14 runs, and 4 SB in 16 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.299 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 6 RBI, and 3 SB in 19 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.358 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 4 HRs, and 16 RBI in 19 games in 2012)

LF      #1 Dominic Attansio (SO/.179 BA with 1 2B, 6 RBI, 7 runs, and 5 BBs in 16 games in 2012)

CF      #18 Tyler Slaton (FR/.182 BA with 2 RBI, 4 runs, 3 BBs, and 1 SB in 13 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.208 BA with 1 2B, 3 HRs, 9 RBI, and 4 SB in 17 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.324 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 HRs, 21 RBI, and 8 HBPs in 19 games in 2012)

 

Virginia

C        Nate Irving (FR/.261 BA with 1 2B, 15 RBI, 10 runs, and 10 BBs in 17 games in 2012)

1B      Jared King (SR/.387 BA with 6 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HRs, and 23 RBI in 21 games in 2012)

2B      Keith Werman (SR/.250 BA with 2 2Bs, 10 RBI, 12 runs, and 12 BBs in 20 games in 2012)

SS      Chris Taylor (JR/.287 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 3 HRs, and 19 RBI in 21 games in 2012)

3B      Stephen Bruno (JR/.329 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 17 RBI in 20 games in 2012)

LF      Colin Harrington (JR/.264 BA with 4 RBI, 9 runs, 8 BBs, and 6 HBPs in 20 games in 2012)

CF      Reed Gragnani (JR/.373 BA with 2 2Bs, 9 RBI, 7 runs, and 2 BBs in 16 games in 2012)

RF      Mike Papi (FR/.338 BA with 7 2Bs, 14 RBI, 20 runs, and 11 BBs in 21 games in 2012)

DH     Derek Fisher (FR/.297 BA with 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 2 HRs, and 13 RBI in 18 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Clemson will start redshirt junior righthander Kevin Brady. The Gaithersburg, MD native is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts in 2012. In 28.0 innings, he has allowed 23 hits (.230 opponents batting average) and nine walks against 31 strikeouts.

 

Virginia will counter with senior lefthander Scott Silverstein. The Brookeville, MD native is 1-2 with a 2.22 ERA in five starts in 2012. In 28.1 innings, he has allowed 17 hits (.177 opponents batting average) and 12 walks against 28 strikeouts.

 

In game two, the Tigers will start junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 3-1 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts in 2012. In 23.0 innings, he has allowed 17 hits (.218 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks against 16 strikeouts.

 

The Cavaliers will counter with junior righthander Branden Kline. The Frederick, MD native is 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in 2012. In 31.2 innings, he has allowed 35 hits (.273 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks against 29 strikeouts.

 

In game three, Clemson will start sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in five appearances (three starts) in 2012. In 24.2 innings, he has allowed 25 hits (.263 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 19 strikeouts.

 

Virginia will counter with sophomore righthander Artie Lewicki. The Wyckoff, NJ native is 0-1 with a 4.95 ERA in six appearances (three starts) in 2012. In 20.0 innings, he has allowed 18 hits (.228 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks against 17 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Last season marked the first time Virginia had ever swept a three-game series at Clemson and was the Cavaliers second straight series win at Clemson after losing the previous 18 series at Clemson.
  • The Tigers last series win at Virginia was in 2002, a three-game sweep. Since then, in three series, Clemson is 1-8 in Charlottesville.
  • Clemson is 31-17 all-time on March 23 with a 10-11 mark on the road. The Tigers are 28-19-1 all-time on March 24 with a 6-9 mark on the road. Clemson is 30-18-1 all-time on March 25 with a 10-5 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers are 9-1 when scoring six runs or more and 2-7 when scoring less than six runs. Clemson is also 5-0 in games that it scores in the first inning.
  • Virginia has won 14 straight ACC home series, dating back to March 2009.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Virginia

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Phil Pohl                .222   4-3     9        0        2        2        0

Spencer Kieboom    .200   3-3     10      2        2        1        0

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

Richie Shaffer         .167   3-3     12      2        2        2        1

Jason Stolz             .077   4-4     13      0        1        0        0

Steve Wilkerson      .000   2-1     4        1        0        0        0

Jon McGibbon         .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0

 

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

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   1-0     0-0     5.0     3        0        2        2

Scott Firth              0.00   1-0     0-0     3.1     3        0        0        1

Dominic Leone        0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        2

Kevin Pohle            0.00   2-0     0.1     0.1     0        0        0        0

David Haselden       6.75   2-0     0-2     2.2     7        2        2        3

 

 

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