TCI Coastal Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (24-17) hosts Coastal Carolina (26-13) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:30PM.

The Series

Clemson and Coastal Carolina have met 47 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 40-7 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1986 and have played at least once every year but twice (1987 and 2006) since then. Last season, the teams met twice a Doug Kingsmore Stadium, a 5-4 (10 inning) Clemson win during the regular-season and a 12-7 Clemson win in the second round of the 2011 Clemson Regional. The Chanticleers won 4-3 in 11 innings at Clemson in 2010 to stop a seven-game Tiger win streak in the series. All-time, Clemson leads the series 30-5 in games played at Clemson, including 1-0 in NCAA Regional action. Jack Leggett is 27-5 all-time against Coastal Carolina, with all games taking place as Clemson’s head coach, and is 23-4 against the Chanticleers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Chanticleers

Coastal Carolina, led by 17th-year Head Coach Gary Gilmore, is a member of the Big South Conference. The Chanticleers are 26-13 (9-3 Big South) on the season including a 4-6 mark away from home. Coastal Carolina enters the game off a series win over High Point after dropping a 4-3 (10 inning) game at Virginia Tech last Tuesday. The Chanticleers were selected to win the Big South by the league’s coaches and have won five consecutive league titles. They are coming off a 42-21 (20-7 Big South) record and Clemson Regional appearance in 2011.

On the season, the Chanticleers are hitting .271 as a team with 62 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 60 stolen bases, 176 walks, 47 hit-by-pitches, and 237 strikeouts while averaging 5.2 runs per game. Senior Daniel Bowman leads Coastal Carolina at the plate and is the team’s top power threat, hitting .366 with eight doubles and 25 RBI while leading the team in triples (4), homers (4), and runs (30). Senior Tucker Frawley is batting .331 with seven doubles, a homer, and 18 RBI while redshirt junior Alex Buccilli is hitting .315 with eight doubles, three homers, and 19 RBI. Senior Rich Witten, batting .301, has a team-high nine doubles and also a team-best 29 RBI. Junior Justin Creel leads the team with 22 walks while sophomore Jacob May has a team-high 15 stolen bases.

The Coastal Carolina pitching staff has a 2.44 ERA this season allowing 296 hits (.226 opponents’ batting average) and 128 walks against 276 strikeouts in 361.2 innings. Sophomore Tyler Herb is the staff ace with a 6-2 record and 2.40 ERA in 10 starts. Herb leads the team in starts, wins, innings (60.0), and strikeouts (51). Junior Aaron Burke (4-3, 1.09 ERA) has six saves in 22 appearances while fellow junior Ryan Connolly (2-2, 2.63 ERA) is the team’s closer with nine saves in a team-best 23 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 24-17 and is on a four-game winning streak, defeating Charleston Southern 3-2 last Tuesday before sweeping three games at Maryland in less than 23 hours this past weekend. The Tigers are 15-11 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2012, including 9-5 against non-conference opponents.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .275 as a team with 66 doubles, 11 triples, 25 homers, 40 stolen bases, 174 walks, 33 HBPs, and 255 strikeouts while averaging 5.5 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .378 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (14), homers (8), and walks (41) along with 38 RBI, 34 runs, and five stolen bases. Redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is hitting .343 with five doubles, a homer, and 24 RBI while leading the team with five triples and eight stolen bases. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is batting .318 with nine doubles, two triples, 21 RBI, five stolen bases, and has scored a team-best 36 runs while senior Phil Pohl is hitting .300 with eight doubles, six homers, and team-high 40 RBI.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.50 ERA this season allowing 375 hits (.265 opponents’ batting average) and 150 walks against 315 strikeouts in 373.0 innings. Redshirt junior Kevin Brady leads the staff with a 2.58 ERA and has a team-high 52 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. Sophomore Kevin Pohle is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA while junior Dominic Leone has 44 strikeouts in a team-high 53.0 innings along with a team-high six wins. Junior Scott Firth (4-0, 1.77 ERA) has 32 strikeouts in 35.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .213 batting average while freshman Daniel Gossett (3-2, 5.40 ERA) has 45 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. Jonathan Meyer has a save in a team-leading 18 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

Coastal Carolina

C        #8 Tucker Frawley (SR/.331 BA with 7 2Bs, 1 HR, 18 RBI, and 19 BBs in 38 games in 2012)

1B      #20 Sloan Gilliam (*JR/.265 BA with 3 2Bs, 12 RBI, 15 R, and 11 BBs in 27 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Justin Creel (JR/.270 BA with 5 2Bs, 13 RBI, 21 R, and 22 BBs in 38 games in 2012)

SS      #6 Brian Pruett (FR/.190 BA with 6 2Bs, 9 RBI, 15 R, and 11 BBs in 37 games in 2012)

3B      #21 Rich Witten (SR/.301 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 HR, 29 RBI, and 26 R in 39 games in 2012)

LF      #7 Ted Blackman (JR/.238 BA with 3 2Bs, 9 RBI, 20 BBs, and 11 SB in 35 games in 2012)

CF      #1 Jacob May (SO/.270 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, and 9 RBI in 31 games in 2012)

RF      #26 Daniel Bowman (SR/.366 BA with 8 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 4 HRs, and 25 RBI in 39 games in 2012)

DH     #39 Alex Buccilli (*JR/.315 BA with 8 2Bs, 3 HRs, 19 RBI, and 26 R in 35 games in 2012)

 

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.231 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 14 RBI, and 17 BBs in 37 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.228 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, and 18 RBI in 37 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.318 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 21 RBI, and 36 R in 38 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.273 BA with 8 2Bs, 3 HRs, 13 RBI, and 13 BBs in 41 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.378 BA with 14 2Bs, 2 3B, 8 HRs, and 38 RBI in 41 games in 2012)

LF      #30 Garrett Boulware (FR/.208 BA with 2 2Bs, 2 RBI, 5 R, and 4 BBs in 24 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.343 BA with 5 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 1 HR, and 24 RBI in 36 games in 2012)

RF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.247 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 6 RBI, and 15 BBs in 33 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.300 BA with 8 2Bs, 6 HRs, 40 RBI, and 20 R in 41 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

Coastal Carolina will start freshman lefthander Javier Reynoso. The Tampa, FL native is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 appearances (six starts) in 2012. In 26.0 innings, he has allowed 20 hits (.213 opponents’ batting average) and 17 walks against 15 strikeouts.

 

Clemson will counter with freshman righthander Daniel Gossett. The Lyman, SC native is 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 appearances (six starts) in 2012. In 38.1 innings, he has allowed 35 hits (.241 opponents batting average) and 17 walks against 45 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 33-20-2 all-time on April 24 with a 19-7-1 mark at home.
  • The Tigers are 15-3 when scoring six or more runs and have scored at least one run in 83 consecutive games.
  • Clemson has 12 comeback wins among in 24 victories, including three overcoming a deficit of four runs or more.
  • Thomas Brittle is on a 14-game hit streak, including two four-hit games.
  • Richie Shaffer has reached base via a hit or walk in 19 straight games.
  • Steve Wilkerson has two four-hit games and 16 multi-hit contests in 38 games, including a team-best 19-game hit streak earlier in the season.
  • The two teams have four common opponents (Boston College, NC State, North Carolina, and Virginia) so far in 2012. Coastal Carolina is 1-3 (defeating NC State, while losing to Boston College, North Carolina, and Virginia) while Clemson is 4-8 (3-0 vs. Boston College, 1-2 vs. NC State, and 0-3 vs. North Carolina and Virginia).

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Coastal Carolina

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Dominic Attanasio   1.000 1-0     1        0        1        1        0

Jon McGibbon         1.000 1-0     1        0        1        1        0

Richie Shaffer         .556   2-2     9        2        5        4        1

Phil Pohl                .364   3-3     11      2        4        0        0

Jason Stolz             .333   3-2     6        2        2        1        0

Spencer Kieboom    .000   2-2     8        0        0        1        0

Steve Wilkerson      —–    1-0     0        0        0        0        0

 

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

David Haselden       1.93   3-0     2-1     14.0   8        3        4        9

Dominic Leone        3.72   2-2     0-0     9.2     11      4        3        5

Jonathan Meyer      9.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        1        0        0

 

 

 

 

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