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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (18-14) travels to Fluor Field to take on Furman (17-16) on Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:00PM (the Greenville Drive have a game at 4:00PM, so expect the start time to be pushed back depending on their game).

The Series

Clemson and Furman have met 199 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 138-57-4 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1896 and have met at least once a season since 1983. Clemson has won the past five meetings and seven of the past eight. All-time, the Tigers hold a 12-3-1 lead in neutral site meetings in the series, including a 4-0 mark the past four seasons at Fluor Field. Jack Leggett is 48-12 all-time against the Paladins, going 19-5 at Clemson after going 29-7 against Furman while at Western Carolina.

The Paladins

Furman, led by 19th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, is a member of the Southern Conference. The Paladins are 17-16 (7-88 SoCon) on the season including a 6-5 mark on opponents’ home fields and a 1-2 record at Fluor Field. Furman enters the game off a home series win over Elon after dropping a home midweek contest to UNC Asheville last week. The Paladins were picked to finish ninth in the SoCon in both the media and coaches polls and are coming off a 24-33 (13-16 SoCon) record in 2011.

On the season, the Paladins are hitting .282 as a team with 62 doubles, 10 triples, 22 homers, 49 stolen bases, 134 walks, 27 HBPs, and 235 strikeouts while averaging 6.1 runs per game. Senior Will Owens leads Furman at the plate batting .346 with nine doubles, a triple, a homer, 21 RBI, 18 walks, and a team-best 34 runs. Senior Will Miller is hitting .309 with eight doubles, 31 RBI, 32 runs, 11 stolen bases, and a team-leading eight homers. Sophomore Hunter Burton, batting .294, has seven doubles and a team-best seven triples while junior Paul Nitto, hitting .288, has nine doubles, two homers, and a team-high 35 RBI. Junior Taylor Johnson leads the team in doubles (12), sophomore Alex Abrams has a team-best 19 walks, and junior Will Muzika has team-highs in HBPs (6) and stolen bases (13-13).

The Furman pitching staff has a 5.25 ERA this season allowing 323 hits (.282 opponents’ batting average) and 138 walks against 209 strikeouts in 295 innings. Senior Bobby Lyne is the team’s ace, going 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA in eight starts with team-highs in wins and innings (45.1). Junior Nate Smith (3-3, 5.80 ERA) has a team-best 38 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. Freshman Matt Solter has made a team-leading 21 appearances while fellow freshman Elliott Warford (2-0, 3.60 ERA) is the team’s closer with seven saves in 20 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 18-14 (8-7 ACC) and is on a three-game winning streak, sweeping a series at Duke this past weekend, and have won five of their past seven games. The Tigers are 5-6 away from home this season, including a 1-1 mark at neutral sites.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .275 as a team with 47 doubles, seven triples, 20 homers, 30 stolen bases, 137 walks, 28 HBPs, and 197 strikeouts while averaging 5.5 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .365 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (12), homers (7), walks (31), and is tied for team-bests in RBI (31), runs (27), and stolen bases (5). Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .357 with eight doubles, a triple, 17 RBI, 27 runs, and is tied for the team-high in stolen bases (5) to go along with 14 multi-hit games and two four-hit games. Senior Phil Pohl is batting .306 with four doubles, five homers, 17 runs, and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (31) and leads the team in HBPs (8) while redshirt junior Thomas Brittle, hitting .297, has a team-high three triples.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA this season allowing 293 hits (.265 opponents’ batting average) and 114 walks against 253 strikeouts in 289.0 innings. Sophomore Kevin Pohle leads the pitching staff with a 4-1 record and 1.94 ERA and has a team-best 41.2 innings pitched over eight appearances (six starts). Junior Kevin Brady has a team-leading 40 strikeouts in 39.2 innings while junior Dominic Leone has 34 strikeouts in 40.0 innings and a team-high five wins. Junior Scott Firth (2-0, 0.68 ERA) has 25 strikeouts in 26.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .204 batting average while freshman Daniel Gossett (3-2, 4.66 ERA) has 37 strikeouts in 29.0 innings. Jonathan Meyer has a save in a team-leading 13 appearances while junior Matt Campbell has 22 strikeouts in 21.0 innings. Freshman Patrick Andrews, Campbell, and Gossett each have two saves, while Firth and Meyer have each recorded a save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.250 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 HR, 13 RBI, and 14 BBs in 29 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.211 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR,  and 12 RBI in 29 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.357 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 3B, 17 RBI, and 27 runs in 29 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.268 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, 9 RBI, and 15 runs in 32 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.365 BA with 12 2Bs, 1 3B, 7 HRs, and 31 RBI in 32 games in 2012)

LF      #1 Jay Baum (FR/.291 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 5 RBI, and 11 runs in 24 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.297 BA with 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 15 RBI, and 17 runs in 27 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.210 BA with 2 2Bs, 4 HRs, 12 RBI, and 4 SB in 26 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.306 BA with 4 2Bs, 5 HRs, 31 RBI, and 8 HBPs in 32 games in 2012)

 

Furman

C        #4 Zack Greenwell (FR/.190 BA with 8 RBI, 5 runs, 2 BBs, and 1 SB in 22 games in 2012)

1B      #13 Harrison Farmer (SO/.254 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 HR, 7 RBI, and 6 runs in 21 games in 2012)

2B      #2 Will Muzika (JR/.271 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 3B, 19 RBI, and 13 SB in 32 games in 2012)

SS      #1 Hunter Burton (SO/.294 BA with 7 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 8 RBI, and 18 runs in 32 games in 2012)

3B      #9 Alex Abrams (SO/.248 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 7 RBI, and 19 BBs in 29 games in 2012)

LF      #44 Will Owens (SR/.346 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 21 RBI in 33 games in 2012)

CF      #20 Will Miller (SR/.309 BA with 8 2Bs, 8 HRs, 31 RBI, and 11 SB in 33 games in 2012)

RF     #23 Taylor Johnson (JR/.250 BA with 12 2Bs, 3 HRs, 14 RBI, and 26 runs in 33 games in 2012)

DH     #18 Paul Nitto (JR/.288 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 HRs, 35 RBI, and 17 runs in 32 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

Clemson will start junior righthander Jonathan Meyer. The San Diego, CA native is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 appearances (three starts) in 2012. In 27.1 innings, he has allowed 36 hits (.308 opponents batting average) and six walks against 23 strikeouts.

 

Furman will counter with sophomore righthander Jacques de Gruy. The Dallas, TX native will be making his first career start and is 1-0 with a 6.92 ERA in 13 relief appearances in 2012. In 13.0 innings, he has allowed 14 hits (.269 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks against nine strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 28-26 all-time on April 10, including a 0-2 mark in neutral site contests.
  • This is the fifth of nine games against SoCon opponents in 2012 (the Tigers are 2-2 so far in 2012). Clemson hosts 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 485-158-6 all-time against teams currently in the SoCon.
  • Jack Leggett is 113-27 against current SoCon teams as Clemson’s head coach and 226-80 in his career against current SoCon teams as a head coach.
  • Clemson is 1-0 this season at Fluor Field while the Paladins are 1-2.
  • All-time, the Tigers are 10-3 at Fluor Field and have outscored their opponents 100-43 in their 13 games.
  • The two teams have played four common opponents so far in 2012: Elon, Presbyterian College, South Carolina, and Winthrop. Clemson is 4-3 against the teams while Furman is 3-3.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Furman

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Jason Stolz             .412   6-4     17      2        7        6        0

Dominic Attanasio   .333   1-1     3        0        1        0        0

Richie Shaffer         .267   4-4     15      4        4        0        0

Phil Pohl                .143   5-3     14      1        2        0        0

Spencer Kieboom    .000   3-3     9        0        0        0        0

Jon McGibbon         .000   2-0     3        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     3.0     0        0        0        2

Matt Campbell *      0.00   1-0     0-0     1.2     0        0        3        1

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   2-0     0-0     1.1     2        0        1        0

Kevin Pohle            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        0        1

Scott Firth              1.00   2-1     2-0     9.0     9        1        1        8

David Haselden       1.80   1-1     1-0     5.0     5        1        1        6

Kevin Brady            2.70   1-1     1-0     3.1     3        1        0        1

* has one save

 

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