TCI NC State Preview

TCI NC State Preview

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TCI NC State Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (19-15, 8-7 ACC) hosts NC State (22-9, 9-6 ACC) in a three-game series this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Friday’s game is at 6:30PM, Saturday’s contest is set for a 12:00PM start (on RSN), and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:00PM.

The Series

Clemson and NC State have met 181 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 109-71-1 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1921, have played at least one game every season since 1953, and have met four times in six of the past eight years. Last season, the Wolfpack defeated the Tigers twice in three games in Raleigh and Clemson topped NC State 6-3 in the ACC Tournament. In 2010, the Tigers swept the Wolfpack at Clemson before NC State picked up a win over Clemson in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers lead the series 55-22-1 in games at Clemson (42-14 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium), hold a 86-56 lead in ACC regular-season contests, and an 18-11 lead in ACC Tournament games. Jack Leggett is 50-39 all-time against NC State, with a 43-21 mark as Clemson’s head coach after going 7-18 against the Wolfpack while at Western Carolina. Leggett is 21-5 against NC State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and 17-8 against top-25 NC State squads.

The Wolfpack

NC State, led by 16th-year Head Coach Elliott Avent, is 22-9 (9-6 ACC) on the season. The Wolfpack are ranked #17 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, #21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, and #22 by Baseball America. NC State enters the series off a 14-2 home win over Elon after dropping two of three games at Maryland last weekend. The Wolfpack are 8-6 away from home in 2012, including 5-6 on their opponents’ home fields. NC State was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division by ACC coaches in the 2012 preseason polls. The Wolfpack are coming off a 35-27 (15-15 ACC) season and Columbia Regional appearance in 2012.

On the season, the Wolfpack are hitting .292 as a team with 76 doubles, nine triples, 16 homers, 58 stolen bases, 135 walks, 17 HBPs, and 187 strikeouts while averaging 7.2 runs per game. Junior Chris Diaz leads NC State at the plate batting .362 with 10 doubles, a triple, a homer, 25 runs, and a team-high 30 RBI. Senior Ryan Mathews is hitting .333 with eight doubles, a team-best five homers, and 21 RBI while freshman Trea Turner is batting .320 with five doubles, two triples, a homer, and leads the team in runs (34), walks (21 – tied with junior Danny Canela), and stolen bases (31). Junior Tarran Senay has a team-high 11 doubles while freshman Jake Fincher leads the team with three triples.

The NC State pitching staff has a 3.14 ERA this season allowing 220 hits (.220 opponents’ batting average) and 99 walks against 264 strikeouts in 278.1 innings. Freshman Carlos Rodon leads the staff with a 5-0 record and 1.41 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) and leads the team in starts, innings (57.1), and strikeouts (67). Junior Ethan Ogburn (3-2, 2.20 ERA) has only six walks against 37 strikeouts in 41.0 innings with two saves while fellow junior Chris Overman also has two saves in a team-leading 13 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 19-15 (8-7 ACC) after dropping a 8-7 game to Georgia on Wednesday to stop a four-game win streak. The Tigers are 13-9 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season and have won five of their last six home ACC games.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .277 as a team with 51 doubles, eight triples, 22 homers, 33 stolen bases, 148 walks, 29 HBPs, and 209 strikeouts while averaging 5.7 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .377 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (13), homers (7), and walks (34), and is tied for team-bests in RBI (33) and stolen bases (5). Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .350 with eight doubles, two triples, 19 RBI, a team-best 31 runs, and is tied for the team-high in stolen bases (5) to go along with 15 multi-hit games and two four-hit games. Redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is batting .330 with four doubles, a homer, and a team-high three triples and five stolen bases while senior Phil Pohl leads the team in HBPs (8) and is tied for a team-lead with 33 RBI. Seniors Brad Felder, who also has four homers, and Jason Stolz also have five stolen bases apiece.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA this season allowing 316 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and 122 walks against 268 strikeouts in 307.0 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 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, 0.66 ERA) has 26 strikeouts in 27.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .206 batting average while freshman Daniel Gossett (3-2, 5.67 ERA) has a team-leading 41 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. Jonathan Meyer has a save in a team-leading 15 appearances while junior Matt Campbell has 22 strikeouts in 21.0 innings. Freshman Patrick Andrews, Campbell, and Gossett each have two saves, while Firth, Mike Kent, and Meyer each have a save.

Projected Starting Lineups

NC State

C        #23 Danny Canela (JR/.297 BA with 9 2Bs, 3 HRs, 24 RBI, and 21 BBs in 31 games in 2012)

1B      #19 Andrew Ciencin (SR/.239 BA with 5 2Bs, 4 HRs, 21 RBI, and 26 runs in 30 games in 2012)

2B      #7 Matt Bergquist (JR/.214 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 10 RBI, and 11 BBs in 29 games in 2012)

SS      #1 Chris Diaz (JR/.362 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 30 RBI in 31 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Trea Turner (FR/.320 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR, 21 RBI, and 31 SB in 31 games in 2012)

LF      #32 Tarran Senay (JR/.293 BA with 11 2Bs, 1 HR, 15 RBI, and 17 runs in 26 games in 2012)

CF      #30 Jake Fincher (.275 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 10 RBI, and 12 SB in 27 games in 2012)

RF      #13 Ryan Mathews (SR/.333 BA with 8 2Bs, 5 HRs, 21 RBI, and 18 runs in 27 games in 2012)

DH     #11 Brett Austin (FR/.297 BA with 8 2Bs, 21 RBI, 26 runs, and 16 BBs in 30 games in 2012)

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.252 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 HR, 13 RBI, and 15 BBs in 30 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.223 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 17 RBI in 31 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.350 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 19 RBI, and 31 R in 31 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.259 BA with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 9 RBI, and 16 R in 34 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.377 BA with 13 2Bs, 1 3B, 7 HRs, and 33 RBI in 34 games in 2012)

LF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.286 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 RBI, and 12 BBs in 26 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.330 BA with 4 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 1 HR, and 10 RBI in 29 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.216 BA with 2 2Bs, 4 HRs, 14 RBI, and 5 SB in 28 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.290 BA with 4 2Bs, 5 HRs, 33 RBI, and 8 HBPs in 34 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, NC State will start junior righthander Ethan Ogburn. The High Point, NC native is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in nine appearances (five starts) in 2012. In 41.0 innings, he has allowed 32 hits (.218 opponents’ batting average) and six walks against 37 strikeouts.

 

Clemson will counter with redshirt junior righthander Kevin Brady. The Gaithersburg, MD native is 1-2 with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts in 2012. In 39.2 innings, he has allowed 34 hits (.236 opponents batting average) and 16 walks against 40 strikeouts.

 

In game two, the Wolfpack will start freshman lefthander Carlos Rodon. The Holly Springs, NC native is 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) in 2012. In 57.1 innings, he has allowed 41 hits (.202 opponents’ batting average) and 15 walks against 67 strikeouts.

 

The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 5-2 with a 5.18 ERA in eight starts in 2012. In 40.0 innings, he has allowed 37 hits (.261 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks against 34 strikeouts.

 

In game three, NC State will start freshman righthander Logan Jernigan. The Four Oaks, NC native is 3-1 with a 5.08 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) in 2012. In 28.1 innings, he has allowed 15 hits (.147 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks against 35 strikeouts.

 

Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) in 2012. In 41.2 innings, he has allowed 39 hits (.257 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks against 27 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson has won 12 of their last 13 games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium against NC State.
  • The Tigers are 33-23 all-time on April 13 with a 16-9 mark at home. Clemson is 40-18-1 all-time on April 14 with a 13-8-1 mark at home. The Tigers are 45-22-1 all-time on April 15 with a 27-5 mark at home.
  • Steve Wilkerson has reached base via a hit or walk in 22 consecutive games and had a 19-game hitting streak ended last week.
  • The teams have faced three common opponents so far in 2012: Elon, North Carolina, and Virginia. NC State is 5-3 (2-0 vs. Elon, 1-2 vs. North Carolina, and 2-1 vs. Virginia) while Clemson is 2-6 (2-0 vs. Elon and 0-3 vs. North Carolina and Virginia).
  • The Tigers have scored at least one run in 76 consecutive games.
  • Clemson has 10 comeback wins among its 19 overall victories, including three overcoming a deficit of four or more runs.
  • The Tigers are 13-3 when scoring six or more runs.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. NC State

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Richie Shaffer         .355   8-8     31      6        11      7        1

Phil Pohl                .353   8-5     17      5        6        2        0

Jason Stolz             .313   11-10 32      4        10      6        0

Jon McGibbon         .200   2-1     5        1        1        1        1

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

Steve Wilkerson      .000   3-2     4        0        0        0        0

Spencer Kieboom    .000   2-1     4        0        0        0        0

 

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

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

Kevin Pohle            0.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     1        0        1        2

Matt Campbell        2.25   2-0     1-0     4.0     3        1        1        2

David Haselden       2.70   4-0     0-0     6.2     9        2        3        5

Jonathan Meyer      3.12   4-1     1-0     8.2     6        3        3        6

Scott Firth              3.60   1-1     1-0     5.0     3        2        6        5

Dominic Leone        5.40   2-1     1-1     6.2     7        4        3        9

Kevin Brady            9.00   2-0     0-0     3.0     4        3        0        7

 

 

 

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