Clemson to Host Terps in Weekend Series

Maryland Terrapins (14-15, 2-10 ACC) vs. Clemson Tigers (16-12, 4-8 ACC)

Maryland is Maryland, they don't have much talent. They haven't had an easy schedule there either. They started off in Austin and lost 3 of 4. They were swept soundly in Atlanta, lost 2 of 3 to BC, swept by Virginia, and got beat by FSU. Their hitting, as a result of the good pitching they've faced, looks really bad -- like embarassingly bad for a college team. Unfortunately we aren't playing so great either, but maybe there is hope.

All 3 are on TigerCast. Bill Wilhelm, who led Clemson to 1,161 wins as head coach from 1958-93, will be honored prior to Saturday's baseball game. In 36 seasons as the Tiger head coach, he never had a losing season and directed the program to six College World Series appearances. Wilhelm passed away at the age of 81 on December 24, 2010.

Clemson AD Series Preview -- Maryland AD series preview

Clemson and Maryland have met 153 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 114-39 lead in the series dating back to the 1923 season. The two teams have faced each other at least one time every year since 1954. The Tigers hold a 63-7 lead over the Terrapins in games played at Clemson, so we should kick some ass.

Current NCAA Projection from BA has us going to SC in the Regionals. SEBaseball has us headed to Gainesville.

Last Week:

Clemson was swept by UNC on the road by scores of 13-3, 9-5, and 5-4. We defeated Coastal Carolina 5-4 in 10 innings and Western Carolina 12-3 on Tues/Weds.

Maryland lost 2 of 3 to Florida State at home, and then went on the road to defeat West Va 10-6.

Weekend Starters:

Friday, 6:30pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Dominic Leone 0-1 5.54 13.0 12 9 8 8 14
RHP David Carroll 5-1 2.15 46.0 39 13 11 19 27

Saturday, 7pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
RHP Scott Firth 2-0 3.55 25.1 19 16 10 16 16
LHP Eric Potter 2-3 4.25 36.0 24 18 17 24 30

Sunday, 1pm:

Throws Player Rec ERA IP H R ER BB Ks
TBA
TBA

Hitting Comparison

Team Batting Statistics
BA OBP H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SB-ATT
Clemson .314 .414 296 205 54 9 17 182 152 28 40/53
Maryland 245 .342 224 124 35 3 8 110 107 32 53/66

Ok thats downright shitty for average. Looks like they average 4.3 R/9 and don't sacrifice much, just a few basestealers here. White has 10SB, Rodriguez 11 and Wacker 8.

MD Prospective Lineup
Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
RF Charlie White .314 20 27 6 0 4 7
SS Alfredo Rodriguez .248 12 25 5 0 7 15
2B Ryan Holland .322 15 29 7 1 18 16
LF Brandon Padula .258 8 17 4 1 7 8
3B Kyle Convissar .200 5 9 0 0 2 5
CF Korey Wacker .224 11 22 3 0 12 12
1B Tomo Delp .200 10 18 0 1 11 11
C Alex Ramsay .304 4 7 0 0 1 3
DH Jack Cleary .279 9 17 2 0 9 1
Clemson Prospective Lineup
Pos Player BA R H 2B HR RBI BB
2B Hinson .274 25 26 6 3 13 12
DH/1B Pohl .395 19 32 10 2 20 12
LF Schaus .330 15 34 10 0 23 20
3B/1B Shaffer .327 34 32 4 4 20 22
SS Miller .354 18 23 3 0 11 21
RF Epps .278 24 27 2 5 21 20
C Kieboom .384 11 28 3 0 18 12
CF Johnson .200 3 6 1 0 1 1
SS Stolz .291 14 25 6 1 16 8
CF x-Lamb .281 16 27 2 0 14 9
2B x-Wilkerson .147 8 5 0 0 3 8

Addison Johnson has been getting more PT in CF the last few games. Jack has been moving guys around quite a bit over the last week to generate some offense so this is really just a best guess. McGibbon and Attanasio have gotten considerable PT in midweek games and both are hitting well there. I don't know if he wants to run them out now, but I don't see harm in having them get more PT against the next few opponents we have on weekends. Miller played SS in the field against WCU.

"Every one from now on is big for us," said junior shortstop Brad Miller. "We’re taking it as we don’t really have any room to mess up. We’re going sweep mentality and trying to get after them. We realize our backs are on the wall, and that’s how we’re playing."

Team Pitching

Team Pitching Statistics
ERA W-L SHO/CBO Saves IP H R ER BB Ks
Clemson 3.83 16-12 1/1 3 246.2 230 130 105 89 211
Maryland 4.46 14-15 3/3 5 254.0 222 146 126 171 221

We heard this week that Kevin Brady's elbow injury is worse than originally thought (typical Clemson), so right now it appears we'll not get him back before the conference tournament at best. He has limited time to still take a Medical RS.

I would not be surprised to see Haselden get another shot at starting Sunday, but Weismann would also be available, along with Lamb and Sarratt.

Remember we said Kevin Pohle was the freshman to watch? In 14 2/3 IP and 9 appearances, he's allowed 15 hits and just 2 ER. His ERA is a sparkling 1.23. He has allowed just one run in ACC play over 8 IP. He's tied for the team lead in wins at 3.

Korey Wacker is MD's stout closer, with 2 Saves in 9 games and a 2.13 ERA. Charlie Haslup seems to be the only other good RP, with a 2.60 ERA in 17.1IP. Brady Kirkpatrick is a go-to guy, with 24IP and a 4.01 ERA.

Maryland fields at .975, us .963. Ugh.

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