Game times are 5:00 PM (Friday), 2:00 PM (Saturday), and 1:00 PM (Sunday). All three games will be available live via webcast on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.
All three games will also be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports
Network. Live stats will be available at ClemsonTigers.com for all three games
Clemson and Virginia have met 143 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a
102-41 lead in the series dating back to the 1955 season. Last year in
Charlottesville, the top-ranked Cavaliers won two of three games despite both
teams scoring a total of 12 runs in the series.
In the 2009 ACC Tournament at Durham, NC, Virginia edged Clemson 6-5. The two
teams did not meet in the 2008 or 2009 regular seasons. In 2007 at Clemson, the
Cavaliers beat the Tigers twice in three games. In 2006, Virginia swept Clemson
by a combined score of 19-7. Virginia, who has won 11 of the last 13 meetings,
has won each of the last three series against Clemson, with the Tigers' last
series win coming in 2005 in Tigertown.
The Tigers hold a 52-10 lead over the Cavaliers in games played at Clemson and a
40-8 lead at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson also holds a 92-34 advantage in
ACC regular-season games. Jack Leggett has a 31-21 record against Virginia as
Clemson's head coach, including a 16-5 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leggett
was 2-0 against Virginia as head coach at Vermont, meaning he is 33-21 all-time
against the Cavaliers.
The Starting Pitchers
In game-one, Virginia will start junior lefthander Danny Hultzen (3-0, 0.87 ERA)
on the mound. The Bethesda, MD native has made three starts for a total of 20.2
innings pitched. He has allowed eight hits (.121 opponents' batting average) and
one walk with 36 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Scott Weismann (2-1, 5.40 ERA)
on Friday. The Boxborough, MA native has made three starts for a total of 15.0
innings pitched. He has allowed 14 hits (.241 opponents' batting average) and
three walks with 11 strikeouts.
In game-two, the Cavaliers will send out senior righty Tyler Wilson (3-0, 1.42
ERA) on the mound. The Midlothian, VA native has made three starts for a total
of 19.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 14 hits (.206 opponents' batting
average) and five walks with 23 strikeouts.
In game-three, Virginia will start senior righthander Cody Winiarski (2-1, 1.86
ERA) on the mound. The Madison, WI native has made three starts for a total of
19.1 innings pitched. He has given up 14 hits (.206 opponents' batting average)
and four walks with 17 strikeouts.
The Tigers' starting pitchers for game-two and game-three have yet to be
Virginia, led by eighth-year Head Coach Brian O'Connor and ranked as high as No. 6
in the nation, enters the series at No. 4 Clemson with a 13-1 overall record and 0-0
ACC mark after topping Marshall 1-0 on Tuesday. Virginia, who has won seven
games in a row, are 1-0 on opponents' home fields.
Virginia is averaging 7.6 runs per game and hitting .309 with a .391 slugging
percentage and .397 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 33 doubles, three
triples, no home runs, 15 sacrifice bunts, and 18 stolen bases.
John Hicks is hitting .370 with six doubles and 11 RBIs, while Danny Hultzen is
battting .361 with four doubles, one triple, and 13 RBIs. Steven Proscia has a
team-high 14 RBIs, while seven different Cavaliers have stolen at least two
bases in 2011.
The pitching staff has a 1.50 ERA and .197 opponents' batting average along with
146 strikeouts against 23 walks in 126.0 innings pitched. Sophomore righthander
Branden Kline has five saves and has not allowed a run in 6.2 innings pitched
over six relief appearances. The pitching staff has not allowed more than four
runs in a game this season and has yielded just three stolen bases in 10
attempts. Virginia is fielding at a .993 clip, as the Cavaliers have committed
just four errors.
Clemson, ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation, enters the series against No. 6
Virginia with a 7-3 overall record and 0-0 ACC mark after falling twice in three
games to No. 4 South Carolina from March 4-8. The Tigers are 6-1 at home this
The Tigers are averaging 8.9 runs per game and hitting .343 with a .469 slugging
percentage and .460 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 16 doubles,
four triples, six homers, and 21 stolen bases.
Spencer Kieboom is hitting a team-high .500 with a team-high 11 RBIs. Phil Pohl
is batting .423 with four doubles, one homer, and seven RBIs. Brad Miller is
hitting .400 with eight RBIs and 15 walks against four strikeouts, while Chris Epps is hitting .306 with two homers, six RBIs, and five steals.
The pitching staff has a 3.17 ERA and .212 opponents' batting average in 88.0
innings pitched. The staff has allowed 22 walks against 71 strikeouts. David
Haselden has the team's lone save. The Tigers are fielding at a .974 clip as
• Clemson has outscored its opponents 9-1 in the first inning in 2011.
• Clemson has lost its three games by a combined five runs (1.7 runs per loss).
The Tigers have won their seven games by a combined 61 runs (8.7 runs per win).
Haselden Quietly Getting the Job Done
Junior righthander David Haselden (Spartanburg, SC) has a 1-0 record, one save,
and a 1.06 ERA in 17.0 innings pitched over five appearances (two starts) this
season. Haselden started the season in the bullpen, but with his stellar outing
against No. 4 South Carolina on March 8 and Kevin Brady's injury, Haselden has
cemented his place as a solid starter for the Tigers. In his start against the
Gamecocks, he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball.
Haselden has allowed just 11 hits (.196 opponents' batting average), including
only one extra-base hit, and three walks with 10 strikeouts in 2011. His
excellent control has been on display for three seasons. In 75.2 innings
pitched over 34 appearances (five starts) in his career, he has allowed just 17
walks against 55 strikeouts, good for a 3.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 2.02
Gamecocks Take Two From Tigers in Top-Five Battle
The No. 4 South Carolina Gamecocks won two of three games over No. 4 Clemson at three
different sites from March 4-8. Clemson outscored the Gamecocks 17-16 and outhit
them .313 to .234. Clemson also had a .404 on-base percentage compared to a .308
on-base percentage for South Carolina. But the Gamecocks only stranded 17
runners on base to Clemson's 22 and South Carolina turned seven double plays on
defense. Spencer Kieboom, who received the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson's MVP of
the three-game series, went 4-for-10, while Brad Miller also went 4-for-10.
In game-one at Carolina Stadium in Columbia on March 4, Brady Thomas, Christian Walker, and Scott Wingo all hit two-run homers to lift South Carolina to a 6-3
win over Clemson. The Tigers scored three runs in the second inning on Phil
Pohl's two-run double and Jason Stolz's run-scoring single. But that was the
only one of five innings in which Clemson scored after putting its leadoff
batter on base. Michael Roth pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win, while
Matt Price pitched 1.2 perfect innings to record the save.
In game-two at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson on March 6, Clemson scored six
runs in the eighth inning for a come-from-behind 10-5 win over South Carolina.
The Gamecocks scored four runs in the seventh inning to take a 5-3 lead.
Trailing 5-4, the Tigers scored six runs on six hits in the eighth inning to
pull out the win. Every Tiger starter scored at least one run and nine of the
10 Tigers in the lineup had at least one hit. Clemson outhit South Carolina
15-5, as Stolz had a game-high three hits. Jeff Schaus added two doubles and
three RBIs. Joseph Moorefield pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings with
two strikeouts to close out the game and earn his first career win. Six
Gamecock pitchers combined to issue eight walks and South Carolina committed
four errors, as its 14-game winning streak came to an end.
In game-three at Fluor Field in Greenville on March 8, pinch-hitter Jake Williams hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift
South Carolina to a 5-4 win over Clemson. Richie Shaffer's solo homer in the
fourth inning gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. But the Gamecocks scored four runs in
the seventh and another run in the eighth to build a 5-1 lead. Clemson rallied
with three runs in the ninth inning and had the potential tying run at third
base before Price struck out the Tigers' last hope to earn the save. Clemson
outhit South Carolina 9-8, but the Gamecocks turned three crucial double plays,
including one in the ninth inning. Starter David Haselden pitched 6.0 scoreless
innings of three-hit ball with five strikeouts.
Clemson opens ACC play
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