TCI Wake Forest Preview

TCI Wake Forest Preview

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TCI Wake Forest Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson (32-21, 16-11 ACC) travels to Winston-Salem, NC to close the regular season against Wake Forest (29-22, 10-17 ACC) in a three-game series at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Thursday’s game is at 6:00PM, Friday’s contest is set for a 6:00PM start, and Saturday’s finale is schedule for 1:00PM.

The Series

Clemson and Wake Forest have met 172 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 121-50-1 lead in the series. The teams first met in 1901 and have faced each other at least one time every year since 1954. Last season at Clemson, the Tigers won the first (2-0) and last (10-4) games of the series, while the Demon Deacons won game-two 9-3. The last time the two teams met in Winston-Salem, in 20120, Wake Forest won two of the three games. Clemson holds a 46-27 lead in games at Wake Forest, a 104-38-1 advantage in ACC regular-season games, and a 12-5 lead in ACC Tournament matchups. Jack Leggett is 43-19 all-time against Wake Forest, going 42-18 at Clemson after going 1-1 at Western Carolina. Leggett is 17-10 against the Demon Deacons in games at Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons

Wake Forest, led by third-year Head Coach Tom Walter, is 29-22 (10-17 ACC) on the season including a 22-5 mark at home. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 18-2 home win over Charlotte after dropping two of three games at #21 Miami (FL) last weekend. Wake Forest was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division by league coach in the ACC preseason poll and is coming off a 25-31 (15-15 ACC) record in 2011.

On the season, the Demon Deacons are hitting .265 as a team with 100 doubles, four triples, 40 homers, 73 stolen bases, 249 walks, 45 HBPs, and 387 strikeouts while averaging 6.3 runs per game. Sophomore Conor Keniry leads Wake Forest at the plate batting .303 with 13 doubles, 23 RBI, 38 runs, 26 walks, and 11 stolen bases. Redshirt junior Mac Williamson, hitting .282, is the team’s top power threat, with team-highs in homers (17), RBI (50), and HBPs (11) along with seven doubles, 40 runs, 23 walks, and 11 stolen bases. Junior Pat Blair, hitting .291, sets the plate for Williamson as he leads the team with 56 runs, 39 walks, and 19 stolen bases along with 13 doubles, a triple, two homers, and 29 RBI. Senior Carlos Lopez has a team-best 17 doubles while sophomore Charlie Morgan has three of the team’s four triples.

The Wake Forest pitching staff has a 4.14 ERA this season, allowing 433 hits (.256 opponents’ batting average) and 218 walks against 352 strikeouts in 447.1 innings. Juniors Brian Holmes and Tim Cooney lead the staff. Holmes (6-2, 2.82 ERA), threw a no-hitter earlier in the year, has a team-best six wins with 68 strikeouts in 70.1 innings while Cooney (5-6, 3.76 ERA) leads the team in starts (13), innings (83.2), and strikeouts (76). Senior Michael Dimock (2-3, 3.58 ERA) is the team’s closer with 11 saves in a team-high 24 appearances.

The Tigers

Clemson enters the series 32-21 after taking two of three games from #1 Florida State at home and then recording a 9-2 win over Furman on Tuesday. The Tigers are 11-7 away from home this season, including 9-6 on opponents’ home fields and 8-4 in ACC road games.

On the season, the Tigers are hitting .277 as a team with 84 doubles, 15 triples, 37 homers, 54 stolen bases, 232 walks, 45 HBPs, and 332 strikeouts while averaging 6.0 runs per game. Junior Richie Shaffer leads Clemson at the plate batting .343 and is the team’s top power threat, leading the squad in doubles (16), homers (10), and walks (50) along with 43 RBI, 44 runs, and seven stolen bases. Sophomore Steve Wilkerson is hitting .324 with 12 doubles, three triples, 29 RBI, and seven stolen bases with a team-best 45 runs while redshirt junior Thomas Brittle is batting .323 with six doubles, two homers, and 33 RBI with a team-high eight triples and 10 stolen bases. Senior Phil Pohl is batting .302 with a team-best 50 RBI and 12 hit-by-pitches along with ten doubles and eight homers while graduate Brad Felder has six homers and eight stolen bases.

The Clemson pitching staff has a 3.86 ERA this season allowing 506 hits (.272 opponents’ batting average) and 200 walks against 393 strikeouts in 487.0 innings. Junior Dominic Leone (6-3, 5.19 ERA) is one of three pitchers with six wins and leads the team in starts (13) and innings (67.2) while recording 53 strikeouts. Sophomore Kevin Pohle (6-2, 2.78 ERA) also has six wins and has 34 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. Freshman Daniel Gossett (6-2, 5.14 ERA) is the final pitcher with six wins and has also recorded two saves to go along with his team-best 66 strikeouts in 56.0 innings. Junior Jonathan Meyer (2-5, 4.36 ERA) has a save in a team-best 21 appearances while fellow junior Scott Firth (4-0, 2.32 ERA) has 39 strikeouts in 42.2 innings over 19 appearances. Firth, Gossett, sophomore Matt Campbell, redshirt sophomore Mike Kent, and freshman Patrick Andrews are all tied for the team lead in saves (2).

 

Projected Starting Lineups

Clemson

C        #22 Spencer Kieboom (JR/.263 BA with 7 2Bs, 3 HRs, 29 RBI, & 24 runs in 48 games)

1B      #12 Jon McGibbon (SO/.234 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, & 26 RBI in 49 games)

2B      #17 Steve Wilkerson (SO/.324 BA with 12 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 29 RBI, & 45 runs in 49 games)

SS      #2 Jason Stolz (SR/.272 BA with 9 2Bs, 5 HRs, 21 RBI, & 29 runs in 53 games)

3B      #8 Richie Shaffer (JR/.343 BA with 16 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 10 HRs, & 43 RBI in 53 games)

LF      #13 Jay Baum (FR/.231 BA with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 10 RBI, & 22 BBs in 45 games)

CF      #4 Thomas Brittle (*JR/.323 BA with 6 2Bs, 8 3Bs, 2 HRs, & 33 RBI in 48 games)

RF      #3 Brad Felder (GR/.252 BA with 6 2Bs, 6 HRs, 24 RBI, & 8 SB in 44 games)

DH     #9 Phil Pohl (SR/.302 BA with 10 2Bs, 8 HRs, 50 RBI, & 12 HBPs in 53 games)

 

Wake Forest

C        #6 Brett Armour (JR/.233 BA with 10 2Bs, 3 HRs, 17 RBI, & 22 runs in 46 games in 2012)

1B      #3 Carlos Lopez (SR/.295 BA with 17 2Bs, 9 HRs, 47 RBI, & 32 BBs in 51 games in 2012)

2B      #14 Conor Keniry (SO/.303 BA with 13 2Bs, 23 RBI, 38 runs, & 26 BBs in 46 games in 2012)

SS      #11 Pat Blair (JR/.291 BA with 13 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs, & 29 RBI in 51 games in 2012)

3B      #2 Mark Rhine (JR/.268 BA with 8 2Bs, 1 HR, 17 RBI, & 24 runs in 45 games in 2012)

LF      #21 Kevin Jordan (FR/.239 BA with 6 2Bs, 1 HR, 14 RBI, & 13 BBs in 39 games in 2012)

CF      #5 Evan Stephens (SO/.296 BA with 4 2Bs, 2 HRs, 16 RBI, & 38 runs in 50 games in 2012)

RF      #7 Mac Williamson (*JR/.282 BA with 7 2Bs, 17 HRs, 50 RBI, & 11 SB in 47 games in 2012)

DH     #26 Charlie Morgan (SO/.261 BA with 8 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 3 HRs, & 32 RBI in 50 games in 2012)

 

Projected Starting Pitchers

In game one, Clemson will start junior righthander Dominic Leone. The Norwich, CT native is 6-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 13 starts in 2012. In 67.2 innings, he has allowed 72 hits (.287 opponents’ batting average) and 32 walks against 53 strikeouts.

 

Wake Forest will counter with junior lefthander Tim Cooney. The Collegeville, PA native is 5-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 13 starts in 2012. In 83.2 innings, he has allowed 83 hits (.264 opponents’ batting average) and 36 walks against 76 strikeouts.

 

The Demon Deacons will start sophomore righthander Jack Fischer in game two. The Hinsdale, IL native is 4-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 20 appearances (three starts) in 2012. In 47.2 innings, he has allowed 43 hits (.247 opponents batting average) and 25 walks against 26 strikeouts.

 

Wake Forest will start junior lefthander Brian Holmes in game three. The Lawrenceville, GA native is 6-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 12 starts in 2012. In 70.1 innings, he has allowed 54 hits (.214 opponents’ batting average) and 43 walks against 68 strikeouts.

 

Due to Clemson’s doubleheader on Monday, the Tigers have not determined a starter for games two and three. Sophomore righthander Kevin Pohle is expected to start one of the two games. The St. Louis, MO native is 6-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts) in 2012. In 64.2 innings, he has allowed 65 hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and 25 walks against 34 strikeouts.

 

Worth Noting

  • Clemson is 16-9 all-time on May 17 with a 7-4 mark on the road. The Tigers are 16-7 all-time on May 18 with a 1-2 mark on the road. Clemson is 11-10 all-time on May 19 with a 3-3 mark on the road.
  • The Tigers have turned at least one double play on defense in 11 consecutive games.
  • Clemson has scored at least one run in 96 consecutive games dating to the 2011 season.
  • Thomas Brittle has reached base safely in 26 straight games.
  • Richie Shaffer has reached base via a hit or walk in 31 straight games.
  • Steve Wilkerson is on a 14-game hitting streak, has two four-hit games, 20 multi-hit contests, and had a 19-game hitting streak earlier in the year.
  • The teams have faced 10 common opponents so far in 2012: Elon, Winthrop and eight ACC opponents (Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), NC State, North Carolina, and Virginia). The Tigers are 3-0 against Elon (2-0) and Winthrop (1-0) and 13-11 against the common ACC opponents while the Demon Deacons went 2-1 against Elon (1-1) and Winthrop (1-0) and 8-16 against the common ACC opponents.

 

Tiger Career Stats vs. Wake Forest

Player                  AVG   G-S    AB     R       H       RBI   HR

Jon McGibbon         1.000 2-0     2        0        2        2        0

Steve Wilkerson      .500   2-0     2        1        1        0        0

Jason Stolz             .308   6-4     13      2        4        0        0

Richie Shaffer         .263   6-6     19      5        5        3        0

Phil Pohl                .238   7-6     21      1        5        3        0

Spencer Kieboom    .182   4-3     11      1        2        2        1

Dominic Attanasio   .167   2-1     6        1        1        0        0

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

Joe Costigan           —–    1-0     0        0        0        0        0

 

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

Matt Campbell        0.00   1-0     0-0     2.1     0        0        2        4

Dominic Leone        0.90   2-2     1-1     10.0   7        1        5        11

David Haselden       2.25   2-0     0-0     4.0     6        1        0        3

Jonathan Meyer      4.50   2-1     1-0     8.0     7        4        1        10

Mike Kent               5.79   2-0     0-0     4.2     3        3        2        4

Kevin Brady            6.00   2-0     0-0     3.0     5        2        0        3

Kevin Pohle            10.80 1-0     0-0     1.2     3        2        0        1

Scott Firth              13.50 1-1     0-1     2.0     2        3        4        1

Joseph Moorefield   —–    1-0     0-0     0.0     2        0        0        0

 

 

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