Baseball Preview vs. Furman & Georgia & Notes
Clemson vs. Furman & Georgia
Clemson (18-14) will travel to Fluor Field in Greenville, SC to take on Furman (17-16) on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Clemson will be the designated visiting team and occupy the third-base dugout. Then on Wednesday, the Tigers will host Georgia (19-13) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 7:00 PM. Wednesday’s game will be televised live by CSS.
Tuesday’s game against Furman will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson and can be heard live on the internet at WCCPFM.com. Wednesday’s game against Georgia will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com for both games as well.
The Series (Furman)
Clemson and Furman have met 199 times on the diamond, with the Tigers leading 138-57-4 in the series dating back to the 1896 season. Clemson’s first two games in school history were against the Paladins, both losses in 1896, which were the Tigers’ only games that season. The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1983.
In 2011, the Tigers won both games. On April 26 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers blanked the Paladins 5-0 behind Brad MillerBrad Miller
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The Tigers lead 12-3-1 in neutral-site contests, including a 4-0 advantage at Fluor Field. Jack Leggett is 19-5 against the Paladins as Clemson’s head coach. He was also 29-7 against Furman as Western Carolina’s head coach from 1983-91, meaning he is 48-12 all-time against the Paladins as a head coach.
The Series (Georgia)
Clemson and Georgia have met 221 times on the diamond, with Georgia holding a 117-102-2 lead in the series dating back to 1900. The two teams have played at least one game every year since 1959. Georgia is Clemson’s second-most-played rival in history, trailing only South Carolina (298). The Tigers have won five games in a row in the series dating to Georgia’s 4-2 win at Clemson on April 1, 2009.
Earlier this season at Foley Field, the Tigers totaled 16 hits in their 10-5 win at Georgia. Last season, the Tigers won both games of the home-and-home series by scores of 11-5 (in Clemson) and 5-2 (in Athens). In 2010, Clemson also won both games by scores of 15-5 (in Athens) and 14-6 (in Clemson). The two teams have not split their season series since 2006.
The Tigers lead 55-46-2 at Clemson and 35-11 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Jack Leggett is 24-16 against Georgia as Clemson’s head coach, including a 14-3 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett was also 3-12 against the Bulldogs as Western Carolina’s head coach, meaning he is 27-28 all-time against Georgia.
The Starting Pitchers (Furman)
Furman will start sophomore righthander Jacques de Gruy (1-0, 6.92 ERA) on the mound. The Dallas, TX native, who will be making his first career start, has made 13 relief appearances for a total of 13.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 14 hits (.269 opponents’ batting average), all singles, and 10 walks with nine strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer
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The Starting Pitchers (Georgia)
Georgia will start freshman righthander David Sosebee (2-0, 2.66 ERA) on the mound. The Cleveland, GA native has made five starts and one relief appearance for a total of 12.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 14 hits (.292 opponents’ batting average) and three walks with one strikeout.
Clemson will counter with freshman righty Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
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Furman, led by 19th-year Head Coach Ron Smith, enters Tuesday’s game against Clemson with a 17-16 overall record and a 7-8 SoCon mark after defeating Elon twice in three games at home over the weekend. The Paladins, who are 4-3 in one-run games, are 11-11 in games played in the city of Greenville this season.
Furman is averaging 6.1 runs per game and hitting .282 with a .411 slugging percentage and .367 on-base percentage thanks to 134 walks and 27 hit-by-pitches against 235 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 62 doubles, 10 triples, 22 home runs, and 49 stolen bases in 60 attempts.
Will Owens leads the team with a .346 batting average along with one homer and 21 RBIs. Will Miller is hitting .309 with eight homers, eight doubles, 31 RBIs, and 11 steals, while Chris Ohmstede is batting .300 with four homers and 15 RBIs. Will Muzika has added a team-high 13 steals in 13 attempts as well.
The pitching staff has a 5.25 ERA and .282 opponents’ batting average along with 209 strikeouts against 138 walks in 295.0 innings pitched. Freshman righty Elliott Warford has seven of the team’s nine saves along with a 2-0 record and 3.60 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched over 20 appearances (one start). Furman, who has allowed 37 steals in 48 attempts, is fielding at a .968 clip as well.
Georgia, led by 11th-year Head Coach David Perno, enters Wednesday’s game at Clemson with a 19-13 overall record and a 5-7 SEC mark after falling twice in three games at Arkansas over the weekend. The Bulldogs, who are 6-3 in one-run games, are 2-4 on opponents’ home fields in 2012.
Georgia is averaging 5.1 runs per game and hitting .279 with a .387 slugging percentage and .364 on-base percentage thanks to 120 walks and 29 hit-by-pitches against 216 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 50 doubles, six triples, 18 home runs, and 24 stolen bases in 30 attempts.
Curt Powell leads the team with a .330 batting average along with a .437 on-base percentage. Hunter Cole is hitting .328 with six homers, eight doubles, and 16 RBIs, while Kyle Farmer is hitting .300 with 13 doubles, three home runs, and 19 RBIs.
The pitching staff has a 3.64 ERA and .262 opponents’ batting average along with 233 strikeouts against 83 walks in 284.2 innings pitched. Junior lefthander Blake Dieterich has all five of the team’s saves. He also has a 3-0 record, 1.90 ERA, and 17 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched over 14 relief appearances. Georgia, who has allowed 34 steals in 49 attempts, is fielding at a .977 clip as well.
Clemson enters Tuesday’s game against Furman with an 18-14 overall record and 8-7 ACC mark after sweeping Duke on the road over the weekend. The Tigers, who are 12-2 when scoring at least six runs, are 1-1 in neutral-site games in 2012.
The Tigers are averaging 5.5 runs per game and hitting .275 with a .385 slugging percentage and .365 on-base percentage thanks to 137 walks and 28 hit-by-pitches against 197 strikeouts. Clemson has also totaled 47 doubles, seven triples, 20 homers, and 30 stolen bases in 40 attempts.
Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
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The pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA and .265 opponents’ batting average in 289.0 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 114 walks against 253 strikeouts, good for a 2.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Righthanders Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
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Tigers 10-3 All-Time at Fluor Field
Fluor Field, the home of the Boston Red Sox A affiliate Greenville Drive since 2006, is modeled after Fenway Park, with identical field dimensions and a “Green Monster.” The Tigers have played 13 games at the ballpark since 2007 and are 10-3.
In 2007, Clemson downed Wofford 12-3 in its first-ever game at Fluor Field. Earlier this season at Fluor Field, Clemson downed Elon 4-2 in a game that saw Head Coach Jack Leggett win his 1,200 game as a head coach. The Tigers have outscored the opposition 100-43 in their 13 games at Fluor Field.
The Tigers are in third place in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with an 8-7 league record. In the division, Florida State is in first place with a 14-1 record, while N.C. State is second at 9-6. The Seminoles also hold the overall ACC lead at 14-1. In the overall ACC standings, Clemson is in sixth place. The top-eight teams in the overall ACC standings will play in the 2012 ACC Tournament.
Gossett Named National Player-of-the-Week
Freshman righthander Daniel Gossett (Lyman, SC) was named one of four national players-of-the-week by Collegiate Baseball on April 9. In 9.0 innings pitched over two appearances (one start) during the previous week, he allowed just five hits (all singles), no runs, and no walks with 15 strikeouts. Against Winthrop on April 3, he earned the win by tossing 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, no runs, and no walks with 13 strikeouts, the most by a Tiger since 2009. Then at Duke on April 8, he pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to record the save in Clemson’s 4-2 win.
On the season, the hard-throwing righty is 3-2 with two saves, a 4.66 ERA, and 37 strikeouts against 10 walks in 29.0 innings pitched over 10 appearances (four starts).
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