TCI Georgia Tech Preview

TCI Georgia Tech Preview

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TCI Georgia Tech Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (24-18, 12-9 ACC) will travel to Russ Chandler Stadium this weekend for a three-game series at Georgia Tech (25-17, 9-12 ACC). Friday’s game is at 7:00PM on CSS, Saturday’s contest is set for a 4:00PM start on CSS, and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:00PM on ESPN3.

The Series

Clemson and Georgia Tech have met 206 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a slim 103-100-3 lead in the series. The Yellow Jackets are the Tigers third-most played opponent behind South Carolina and Georgia. The teams first met in 1902 and have met every season since 1974, including at least two games per season since 1978. Last season, Clemson won the first (4-2) and last (3-1) games of the series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium while the Yellow Jackets took game two, 5-1. The Tigers then defeated Georgia Tech 9-0 in the ACC Tournament in Durham, NC. In 2010, Georgia Tech swept three games in Atlanta before Clemson claimed a 9-3 win in the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets hold a 70-39-2 lead in games at Georgia Tech, while the Tigers lead the series in regular-season ACC games (46-41), ACC Tournament games (16-9), and NCAA Tournament games (3-0). Jack Leggett is 41-36 all-time against Georgia Tech, going 38-31 as Clemson’s head coach (8-19 at Russ Chandler Stadium) after going 3-5 against the Yellow Jackets at Western Carolina.

The Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech, led by 19th-year Head Coach Danny Hall, is 25-17 (9-12 ACC) on the season. The Jackets enter the series off a 4-3 win over Georgia at Turner Field after taking two of three games at #6 North Carolina last weekend. Georgia Tech is 14-7 at home this season, including 4-5 mark in ACC games. The Jackets were picked to finish second in the Coastal Division by ACC coaches in the 2012 preseason polls and also received four votes as overall ACC champion. Georgia Tech is coming off a 42-21 (22-8 ACC) record, Atlanta Regional appearance, and a final season ranking of #19 in 2011.

On the season, the Jackets are hitting .299 as a team with 83 doubles, 14 triples, 27 homers, 55 stolen bases, 154 walks, 32 HBPs, and 298 strikeouts while averaging 6.6 runs per game. Junior Brandon Thomas leads Georgia Tech at the plate batting .363 and is tied for the team lead in doubles (12), triples (5), and stolen bases (11) while having team-highs in runs (41), walks (24), and hit-by-pitches (10). Junior Sam Dove is hitting .361 with 12 doubles (tied for the team lead), two homers, 19 RBI, 36 runs, 18 walks, and eight stolen bases. Senior Jake Davies has a team-best 46 RBI and is hitting .348 with eight doubles and five homers. Sophomore Daniel Palka has a team-high nine homers while fellow sophomore Kyle Wren is tied for the team lead in triples (5) and stolen bases (11).

The Georgia Tech pitching staff has a 4.22 ERA this season allowing 358 hits (.253 opponents’ batting average) and 169 walks against 328 strikeouts in 370.2 innings. Junior Buck Farmer (6-3, 3.26 ERA) leads the Jacket staff with team highs in wins, starts (10), innings (66.1), and strikeouts (75). Sophomore Dusty Isaacs (5-2, 6.75 ERA) has 34 strikeouts in 46.2 innings in 10 starts. Sophomore Alex Cruz is 5-1 with a team-best 1.27 ERA in a team-high 20 appearances and is holding opponents to a .155 batting average while fellow sophomore Zane Evans is the team’s closer with three saves.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 24-18 (12-9 ACC) following a 10-7 loss to Coastal Carolina at home on Tuesday after sweeping three games at Maryland last weekend. The Tigers are 9-6 away from home this season, including 7-5 on opponents’ home fields. Clemson has won its last eight games away from home and is 6-3 on the road in the ACC this season.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .274 as a team with 67 doubles, 11 triples, 25 homers, 40 stolen bases, 180 walks, 33 HBPs, and 258 strikeouts while averaging 5.5 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .371 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (14), homers (8), and walks (43) along with 38 RBI, 34 runs, and five stolen bases. Redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is hitting .338 with five doubles, a homer, and 26 RBI while leading the team with five triples and eight stolen bases. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is batting .324 with nine doubles, two triples, 22 RBI, five stolen bases, and has scored a team-best 36 runs while senior Phil Pohl is hitting .309 with a team-high 41 RBI and nine hit-by-pitches along with nine doubles and six homers.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.65 ERA this season allowing 390 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and 155 walks against 325 strikeouts in 382.0 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, 1.73 ERA) has 33 strikeouts in 36.1 innings while freshman Daniel Gossett (3-2, 5.74 ERA) has 48 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Jonathan Meyer has a save in a team-leading 18 appearances while junior Matt Campbell has 25 strikeouts in 23.0 innings. Freshman Patrick Andrews, Campbell, Gossett, and redshirt sophomore Mike Kent each have two saves, while Firth and Meyer each have a save.

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.230 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 15 RBI, & 17 BBs in 38 games in 2012)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.227 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 18 RBI in 38 games in 2012)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.324 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 22 RBI, & 36 runs in 39 games in 2012)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.268 BA with 8 2Bs, 3 HRs, 13 RBI, & 22 runs in 42 games in 2012)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.371 BA with 14 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 8 HRs, & 38 RBI in 42 games in 2012)

LF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.245 BA with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, 7 RBI, & 15 BBs in 34 games in 2012)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.338 BA with 5 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 1 HR, & 26 RBI in 37 games in 2012)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.206 BA with 4 2Bs, 4 HRs, 14 RBI, and 5 SB in 33 games in 2012)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.309 BA with 9 2Bs, 6 HRs, 41 RBI, & 9 HBPs in 42 games in 2012)

 

Georgia Tech

C        #10 Zane Evans (SO/.288 BA with 10 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 HR, & 31 RBI in 37 games in 2012)

1B      #24 Jake Davis (SR/.348 BA with 8 2Bs, 5 HRs, 46 RBI, & 28 runs in 41 games in 2012)

2B      #13 Thomas Smith (FR/.375 BA with 4 2Bs, 6 RBI, 9 runs, & 5 BBs in 17 games in 2012)

SS      #3 Mott Hyde (SO/.269 BA with 7 2Bs, 3 HRs, 19 RBI, & 6 SB in 40 games in 2012)

3B      #31 Sam Dove (JR/.361 BA with 12 2Bs, 2 HRs, 19 RBI, & 36 runs in 42 games in 2012)

LF      #6 Brandon Thomas (JR/.363 BA with 12 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 2 HRs, & 30 RBI in 41 games in 2012)

CF      #8 Kyle Wren (SO/.267 BA with 4 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 1 HR, & 16 RBI in 40 games in 2012)

RF      #32 Daniel Palka (SO/.288 BA with 9 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 9 HRs, & 32 RBI in 42 games in 2012)

DH     #20 Paul Kronenfeld (SO/.313 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, & 20 RBI in 29 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 2.58 ERA in 10 starts in 2012. In 52.1 innings, he has allowed 43 hits (.229 opponents’ batting average) and 21 walks against 52 strikeouts.

 

Georgia Tech will counter with junior righthander Buck Farmer. The Conyers, GA native is 6-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 10 starts in 2012. In 66.1 innings, he has allowed 66 hits (.252 opponents’ batting average) and 21 walks against 75 strikeouts.

 

In game two, the Tigers will start junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 6-3 with a 4.92 ERA in 10 starts in 2012. In 53.0 innings, he has allowed 54 hits (.278 opponents’ batting average) and 26 walks against 44 strikeouts.

 

The Yellow Jackets will counter with sophomore righthander Dusty Isaacs. The Lebanon, OH native is 5-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) in 2012. In 46.2 innings, he has allowed 49 hits (.275 opponents’ batting average) and 33 walks against 34 strikeouts.

 

In game three, Clemson will counter with sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle. The St. Louis, MO native is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 appearances (eight starts) in 2012. In 48.0 innings, he has allowed 47 hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks against 28 strikeouts.

 

Georgia Tech will counter with freshman righthander Cole Pitts. The Moultrie, GA native is 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 13 appearances (seven starts) in 2012. In 49.1 innings, he has allowed 58 hits (.291 opponents’ batting average) and 23 walks against 49 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 31-21 all-time on April 27 with a 10-12 mark on the road. The Tigers are 17-21 all-time on April 28 with a 7-14 mark on the road. Clemson is 17-16 all-time on April 29 with 7-10 mark on the road.
  • Georgia Tech has won each of the last seven series against Clemson at Russ Chandler Stadium.
  • Leggett and Danny Hall both took over at their respective schools in 1994. Since that time, the series has been pretty even. Leggett has winning streak of six games (1994-96) and five games (2002-03), while Hall has a five game winning streak (2004-05).
  • Clemson and Georgia Tech met seven times during the 2006 season. The Tigers won the series that year 4-3 as all seven games took place between April 14 and June 16.
  • Thomas Brittle is on a 15-game hitting streak, including two four-hit games.
  • Richie Shaffer has reached base via a hit or walk in 20 straight games.
  • Steve Wilkerson has two four-hit games and 17 multi-hit contests in 39 games, including a team-best 19-game hit streak earlier in the season.
  • Clemson has 12 comeback wins among its 24 overall victories, including three overcoming a deficit of four or more runs, and is 15-4 when scoring six or more runs.
  • A total of 376.1 of the Tigers 382.0 innings pitched (or 98.5 percent) in 2012 have been by righthanders.
  • The Tigers have scored at least one run in 84 consecutive games.
  • The teams have faced six common opponents so far in 2012: Georgia, Winthrop and four ACC opponents (Boston College, Duke, NC State, and North Carolina). Both teams have split two games against Georgia while the Jackets were 2-0 against Winthrop compared to Clemson’s single win. The Tigers are 7-5 against the common ACC opponents while Georgia Tech is 6-6.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Georgia Tech

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Spencer Kieboom    .333   6-5     18      2        6        0        0

Phil Pohl                .278   5-4     18      3        5        2        1

Richie Shaffer         .190   6-6     21      4        4        5        1

Jason Stolz             .154   8-7     26      3        4        3        0

Dominic Attanasio   .000   1-0     4        0        0        0        0

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

 

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

Kevin Brady            0.00   2-0     0-0     3.0     0        0        0        4

Joseph Moorefield   0.00   1-0     0-0     0.1     0        0        2        0

Dominic Leone        1.88   4-2     2-0     14.1   10      3        6        17

David Haselden ^    3.00   3-0     0-1     12.0   10      4        2        5

Jonathan Meyer      9.00   1-1     0-1     3.0     4        3        3        2

Scott Firth              9.00   1-0     0-0     1.0     2        1        1        2

^ has one save

 

 

 

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