TCI Maryland Preview

TCI Maryland Preview

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TCI Maryland Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (21-17, 9-9 ACC) will travel to Bob Smith Stadium this weekend for a three-game series at Maryland (25-14, 7-11 ACC). Friday’s game is at 6:00PM, Saturday’s contest is set for a 3:00PM start, and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:00PM.

The Series

Clemson and Maryland have met 156 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 116-40 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1923 and have played at least once every year since 1954. Last season at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers took the first two games of the series 12-3 and 7-0 before Maryland won the finale 7-6. In 2010, Clemson swept at three-game series at Maryland by a combined score of 37-19. The Tigers lead the series 40-28 in games at Maryland, hold a 103-36 advantage in ACC regular-season contests, and a 12-0 lead in ACC Tournament games. Jack Leggett is 47-9 all-time against Maryland, with all 56 contests coming as Clemson’s head coach, and is 19-7 against the Terps at Bob Smith Stadium.

The Terrapins

Maryland, led by third-year Head Coach Erik Bakich, is 25-14 (7-11 ACC) on the season. The Terps enter the series off a 3-0 home win over James Madison on Tuesday after taking two of three games over Duke at home last weekend. Maryland is 16-5 at home this season, including a 5-4 mark in ACC games. The Terps were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division by ACC coaches in the 2012 preseason polls. Maryland is coming off a 21-35 (5-25 ACC) season in 2011.

On the season, the Terps are hitting .268 as a team with 67 doubles, eight triples, 21 homers, 52 stolen bases, 140 walks, 52 HBPs, and 258 strikeouts while averaging 5.2 runs per game. Freshman KJ Hockaday leads Maryland at the plate batting .319 with six doubles, a team-tying-high two triples, two homers, 18 RBI, and a team-best 26 runs. Junior Jordan Hagel is hitting .309 with two homers, 24 runs, is tied for the team lead in doubles (11) and triples (2), and leads the team with 19 walks. Senior Tomo Delp is batting .309 while fellow senior Alfredo Rodriguez hitting .288 with 11 doubles (tied for team-high) and a team-best 32 RBI. Sophomore Tim Kiene has a team-best six homers, senior Korey Wacker leads the team with 13 stolen bases, and senior Ryan Hollard is tied for a team-best three triples.

The Maryland pitching staff has a 2.64 ERA this season allowing 289 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and 138 walks against 280 strikeouts in 340.1 innings. Seniors Brett Harman and David Carroll lead the Terp staff. Harman (5-2, 2.64 ERA) leads the team in wins, innings (58.0), strikeouts (48), and is tied for a team-high nine starts. Carroll (3-1, 3.24 ERA) has 32 strikeouts in 50.0 innings in nine starts and has thrown one complete game. Junior Jimmy Reed is 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA with a team-best seven saves in 15 appearances with 36 strikeouts in 35.2 innings while senior Korey Wacker has a team-leading 16 appearances and two saves.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 21-17 (9-9 ACC) following a 3-2 walk-off win over Charleston Southern Tuesday after dropping two of three games to #17 NC State last weekend. The Tigers are 6-6 away from home this season, including 4-5 on opponents’ home fields. Clemson has won its last five games away from home and is 3-3 on the road in the ACC this season.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .272 as a team with 55 doubles, nine triples, 23 homers, 39 stolen bases, 168 walks, 32 HBPs, and 238 strikeouts while averaging 5.5 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .390 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (14), homers (8), RBI (36), and walks (39) along with five stolen bases along with 32 runs. Redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is hitting .339 with four doubles, a homer, and 22 RBI while leading the team with four triples and seven stolen bases. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is batting .323 with eight doubles, two triples, 20 RBI, five stolen bases, and has scored a team-best 34 runs while senior Phil Pohl has 35 RBI and eight hit-by-pitches.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.54 ERA this season allowing 348 hits (.265 opponents’ batting average) and 142 walks against 297 strikeouts in 346.0 innings. Sophomore Kevin Pohle leads the pitching staff with a 4-2 record and 2.74 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched over nine appearances (seven starts). Junior Kevin Brady has 44 strikeouts in 45.1 innings while junior Dominic Leone has 41 strikeouts in a team-high 47.1 innings along with a team-high five wins. Junior Scott Firth (3-0, 0.80 ERA) has 30 strikeouts in 33.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .190 batting average while freshman Daniel Gossett (3-2, 5.67 ERA) has a team-best 45 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. Jonathan Meyer has a save in a team-leading 17 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 has a save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.234 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 HR, 13 RBI, & 16 BBs in 34 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.209 BA with 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 17 RBI in 34 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.323 BA with 8 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 20 RBI, & 34 runs in 35 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.253 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 HRs, 10 RBI, & 16 runs in 38 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.390 BA with 14 2Bs, 1 3B, 8 HRs, & 36 RBI in 38 games in 2012)

LF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.269 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 RBI, & 15 BBs in 30 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.330 BA with 4 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 1 HR, & 22 RBI in 33 games in 2012)

RF      #18 Tyler Slaton (FR/.222 BA with 1 2B, 6 RBI, 12 R, & 5 SB in 28 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.284 BA with 6 2Bs, 5 HRs, 35 RBI, & 8 HBPs in 38 games in 2012)

 

Maryland

C        #39 Jack Cleary (JR/.254 BA with 6 2Bs, 9 RBI, 7 BBs, & 4 HBPs in 30 games in 2012)

1B      #44 Tim Kiene (SO/.238 BA with 4 2Bs, 6 HRs, 16 RBI, & 14 runs in 29 games in 2012)

2B      #22 Kyle Convissar (SO/.280 BA with 7 2Bs, 2 HRs, 16 RBI, & 25 runs in 38 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Alfredo Rodriguez (SR/.288 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 HRs, 32 RBI, & 11 SB in 39 games in 2012)

3B      #8 K.J. Hockaday (FR/.319 BA with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HRs, & 18 RBI in 39 games in 2012)

LF      #13 Tomo Delp (SR/.309 BA with 9 2Bs, 3 HRs, 17 RBI, & 18 BBs in 33 games in 2012)

CF      #1 Korey Wacker (SR/.250 BA with 1 2B, 6 RBI, 11 runs, & 13 SB in 23 games in 2012)

RF      #34 Jordan Hagel (JR/.309 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HRs, & 16 RBI in 39 games in 2012)

DH     #5 Michael Montville (SO/.248 BA with 4 2Bs, 4 HRs, 13 RBI, & 21 runs in 37 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Clemson will start redshirt junior righthander Kevin Brady. The Gaithersburg, MD native is 1-2 with a 2.98 ERA in nine starts in 2012. In 45.1 innings, he has allowed 38 hits (.233 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks against 44 strikeouts.

 

Maryland will counter with redshirt junior lefthander Jimmy Reed. The Gaithersburg, MD native is 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA in 15 appearances (two starts) in 2012. In 35.2 innings, he has allowed 21 hits (.174 opponents’ batting average), no homers, and five walks against 36 strikeouts.

 

In game two, the Tigers will start junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 5-3 with a 4.94 ERA in nine starts in 2012. In 47.1 innings, he has allowed 46 hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and 23 walks against 41 strikeouts.

 

The Terps will counter with senior righthander Brett Harman. The Westminster, MD native is 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA in nine starts in 2012. In 58.0 innings, he has allowed 55 hits (.261 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks against 48 strikeouts.

 

In game three, Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) in 2012. In 46.0 innings, he has allowed 45 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and 18 walks against 27 strikeouts.

 

Maryland will counter with senior righthander David Carroll. The Las Vegas, NV native is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) in 2012. In 50.0 innings, he has allowed 47 hits (.251 opponents’ batting average) and 12 walks against 32 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 34-19-1 all-time on April 20 with a 14-11-1 mark on the road. The Tigers are 35-20-1 all-time on April 21 with a 11-9-1 mark on the road. Clemson is 35-22 all-time on April 22 with a 16-
  • Maryland Head Coach Erik Bakich was the Tigers volunteer coach in 2002 (when Clemson advanced to College World Series) then spent seven seasons (2003-09) with former Clemson assistant Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt before taking over in College Park in 2010.
  • Steve Wilkerson had a 19-game hitting streak ended last week and has 15 multi-hit games in 35 contests this year.
  • Richie Shaffer has at least two hits in 10 of his last 11 games.
  • The Terps have a school-record nine shutouts in 2012 while the Tigers have scored at least one run in 81 consecutive games.
  • In Clemson’s last nine ACC games, neither the Tigers nor their opponents have hit a home run.
  • Clemson has 11 comeback wins among its 21 overall victories, including three overcoming a deficit of four or more runs, and is 14-3 when scoring six or more runs.
  • The teams have faced five common opponents so far in 2012: Western Carolina and five ACC opponents (Boston College, Duke, Miami (FL), NC State, and North Carolina). Maryland defeated Western Carolina 3-0 on February 25, while the Tigers lost two games to the Catamounts. The Terps are 7-8 against the common ACC opponents and Clemson is 9-5 against those same opponents.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Maryland

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Jon McGibbon         .500   2-0     2        0        1        0        0

Richie Shaffer         .358   5-5     19      5        7        5        0

Jason Stolz             .261   7-6     23      4        6        3        0

Phil Pohl                .250   7-5     24      5        6        5        1

Spencer Kieboom    .222   4-3     9        2        2        2        0

Steve Wilkerson      .000   3-0     1        0        0        0        0

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

Mike Dunster          .000   1-0     1        0        0        0        0

 

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

Jonathan Meyer      0.00   2-0     1-0     6.1     4        0        3        5

Scott Firth              0.00   1-1     1-0     6.0     2        0        4        5

David Haselden ^    0.00   1-0     0-0     3.0     1        0        0        3

Dominic Leone        7.00   2-2     0-0     9.0     13      7        2        7

Kevin Brady            27.00 1-0     0-0     1.0     4        3        0        1

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