Duke/Clemson Baseball Preview

Duke (15-4, 2-1 ACC) vs. #16 Clemson Tigers (7-7,0-3)

Duke was pretty weak last year, but we went to Durham and choked badly. They have played mostly cupcakes, but took care of NC State last weekend, and they are an above average squad with a good lineup. Duke pitchers pretty much manhandled them. Last year we choked in Durham badly. We were the far better team and miscues in the field, combined with a terrible performance from the bullpen andthe rest of the staff, caused us to lose 2 of 3 to one of the worst teams in the ACC.

With the way we're playing now, especially with the injury to Miller and the otherwise shitty defense from Epps, Stolz and Hinson, who knows how this will turn out.

All 3 games are on TigerCast.

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The Tigers hold a 61-24-1 lead over the Blue Devils in games played at Clemson and a 42-6 lead at Tiger Field. Clemson also holds a 92-34-2 advantage in ACC regular-season games.

Last Week: Clemson was swept by Virginia at home over the weekend. Clemson also lost to PC earlier this week (Wednesday night) by a score of 4-3.

Duke won 2 of 3 against NC State at home last weekend, and won their midweek home games against NC Central (11-3) and Charlotte (4-1).

Weekend Starters:

Friday, 6:30pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Chase Bebout 2-0 1.09 24.2 15 6 3 7 30
RHP Scott Weismann 2-2 4.98 21.2 22 14 12 5 4

Saturday, 6:30pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Dennis O'Grady 4-0 1.80 25 2 5 5 12 23
RHP David Haselden 1-1 2.79 19.1 17 7 6 4 10

Sunday, 1pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Marcus Stroman 1-0 0.64 14 8 1 1 1 17
TBA

Hitting Comparison

Team Batting Statistics
BA AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SB-ATT
Clemson .310 468 145 105 2 4 8 89 82 14 22-28
Duke .310 629 195 131 43 10 3 119 90 21 38-50

Again, looks like they've been facing pitching that isn't so hot, but the lineup is putting up good numbers for Duke. The Tigers are averaging 7.5 runs per game and hitting .310 with a .425 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage. The Tigers have outscored their opposition by 48 runs (+3.4 per game) despite their .500 record. Clemson's lineup is in flux with our recent play and injury. The lineup below is representative of Sundays game.

CLEMSON PROSPECTIVE LINEUP

Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
DH Dominic Attanasio 0.500 4 7 0 0 3 0
CF Will Lamb 0.300 7 15 1 0 6 7
LF Jeff Schaus 0.280 4 12 4 0 12 10
1b Richie Shaffer 0.217 18 10 1 3 7 13
RF Chris Epps 0.271 14 13 1 2 8 13
C Spencer Kieboom 0.425 8 17 1 0 12 8
3B John Hinson 0.255 12 14 3 1 8 6
SS Jason Stolz 0.300 7 12 2 0 5 4
2B Steve Wilkerson 0.273 4 3 0 0 2 2

Puke Freshman Anthony D'Alessandro is hitting .403 with 15 RBIs, while freshman Jordan Betts is batting .392 with eight doubles and 14 RBIs. Freshman Chris Marconcini is hitting .324 with four doubles, six triples, one homer, and 20 RBIs, while Will Piwnica-Worms has added a team-high 10 steals.

DUKE PROSPECTIVE LINEUP
POS PLAYER BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
DH David Perkins .365 12 19 4 0 8 5
RF Chris Marconcini .324 17 24 4 1 20 10
3B Jordan Betts .392 12 29 8 0 14 8
C Jeff Kremer .362 16 21 8 1 11 18
1B Dennis O’Grady .302 13 13 1 0 9 7
LF Anthony D’Alessandro .403 11 25 2 1 15 7
CF Will Piwnica-Worms .214 14 15 5 0 9 7
2B Marcus Stroman .178 11 8 3 0 3 7
SS Angelo LaBruna .295 7 18 5 0 15 4

Team Pitching

Team Pitching Statistics
ERA W-L SHO/CBO Saves IP H R ER BB Ks
Clemson 3.48 7-7 1/1 1 124 111 57 48 30 100
Duke 2.79 15-4 3/3 3 170 160 64 51 68 144

Duke’s starting pitching has been among of the best in the ACC this season as those three starters and junior southpaw Eric Pfisterer have combined for a 7-0 record and a 1.62 ERA on the weekends. Bebout, a 6-6 sophomore, has been one of the ACC’s best and most consistent starters early in the season and boasts a 2-0 record, a 1.09 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. O’Grady, meanwhile, has thrown four straight quality starts on the way to a 4-0 record and a 1.80 ERA, while Stroman has allowed just one run all season and is holding the opposition to a .190 average.

Clemon's pen has been pretty bad so far. As of now, only Kevin Pohle, Jon Meyer and JoMo have ERAs under 5.00. Those 3 guys are all 3.00 or better. We expected Freddy to be lights out this year, and he's been shaky. We expected Firth to be better, and he's been hit or miss so far. Same story with Leone. I really don't know what to expect now.

As far as a prediction, we're not making one. Duke's throwing RH's against us this weekend, which is good news for a LH dominated lineup. Maybe we'll get back on the horse.
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