The game 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. Live stats will also be available at ClemsonTigers.com.
Clemson and Western Carolina have met 67 times, with the Tigers leading 54-13 in
the series dating to 1974. The two have played at least one game every year
The two teams faced off twice in 2011, with the Tigers winning both. On April 6
at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Jason Stolz hit his only homer of the year in
Clemson's 12-3 win. Then at Hennon Stadium, the Tigers beat the Catamounts 6-4
in an eight-inning game that was shortened by rain.
The Tigers hold a 15-9 lead in games played at Western Carolina. Jack Leggett
has a 28-8 mark against Western Carolina as Clemson's head coach, including an
8-5 mark at Hennon Stadium. He served as head coach at Western Carolina
(1983-91) and won 302 games in nine years there. He was 3-15 against Clemson as
the Catamount skipper.
The Starting Pitchers
Western Carolina's starting pitcher has yet to be announced.
The Tigers will start freshman righthander Daniel Gossett (0-2, 9.64 ERA) on
Wednesday. The Lyman, SC native, who will be making his first career start, has
made five relief appearances for a total of 4.2 innings pitched. He has yielded
six hits (.333 opponents' batting average) and four walks with four strikeouts.
Western Carolina, led by fifth-year Head Coach Bobby Moranda, enters Wednesday's
game against Clemson with a 12-4 overall record and 2-1 SoCon mark after winning
two of three games at The Citadel over the weekend. Western Carolina, who
defeated #8 Georgia on the road by a score of 5-3 on February 29, has an 8-0
record at home in 2012.
Western Carolina is averaging 7.7 runs per contest and hitting .318 with a .453
slugging percentage and .402 on-base percentage thanks to 73 walks and 14
hit-by-pitches against 81 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 43 doubles, two
triples, nine home runs, and 30 stolen bases in 39 attempts.
Connor Andrus leads the team with a .421 batting average, while Dale Urquhart is
hitting .412. Aaron Attaway is batting .392 with six doubles and Ross Heffley
is hitting .386 with 17 walks against no strikeouts and seven steals in seven
attempts. Jacob Hoyle is batting .383 with two homers, and a team-high 27 RBIs
The pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA and .243 opponents' batting average along with
119 strikeouts against 71 walks in 141.0 innings pitched. Junior righthander
Preston Hatcher has five of the team's six saves. In 14.0 innings pitched over
nine relief appearances, he has a 2-0 record, 1.29 ERA, .204 opponents' batting
average, and 13 strikeouts. Western Carolina is fielding at a .969 clip as
Clemson enters Wednesday's game at Western Carolina with a 6-7 overall record and
an 0-3 ACC mark after being swept at home over the weekend by #6 North Carolina.
The Tigers, who have lost their seven games by 11 combined runs, is 0-1 on
opponents' home fields in 2012.
The Tigers are averaging 6.0 runs per game and hitting .272 with a .411 slugging
percentage and .374 on-base percentage thanks to 61 walks and 18 hit-by-pitches
against 83 strikeouts. Clemson has also totaled 26 doubles, two triples, 11
homers, and 10 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
Richie Shaffer, the lone Tiger from the state of North Carolina, leads the team
with a .447 batting average, seven doubles, one triple, four homers, 14 RBIs, 17
runs, and a .581 on-base percentage. Jason Stolz and Phil Pohl are both batting
.333, while Pohl has totaled three homers, four doubles, and a team-high 17
RBIs. Thomas Brittle has a team-high three stolen bases as well.
The pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA and .275 opponents' batting average in 120.0
innings pitched. The staff has allowed 47 walks against 99 strikeouts, good for
a 2.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Freshman righty Daniel Gossett has the team's
only save. The Tigers are fielding at a .962 clip as well.
• Clemson is 77-26 (.748) in its last 103 games decided by two runs or more.
• Jason Stolz has hit exactly one home run in each of his four seasons at Clemson.
The Tigers, who were ranked in the top 20 of all three polls last week, fell out
of all three polls after going 1-3 in four games last week. The Tigers had been
ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll for 13 consecutive weeks dating to
Clemson has had at least one final top-25 ranking in 15 of Head Coach Jack
Leggett's first 18 seasons in Tigertown. The Tigers have also been ranked #1
for 20 weeks by at least one of the three major polls under Leggett. Their last
#1 ranking came on February 12, 2007 by both Baseball America and Collegiate
Stolz Making the Most of His Senior Season
Jason Stolz (Marietta, GA), who has started all 13 games at shortstop, has had a
solid senior season for the Tigers. He is hitting .333 with one home run, three
doubles, five RBIs, five runs, and two stolen bases. But Stolz's value is even
greater in the field, where he has committed only two errors in 66 chances, good
for an outstanding .970 fielding percentage.
Stolz is a career .289 hitter with exactly one home run in each of his four
seasons (2009-12) in a Tiger uniform. He has also totaled 67 RBIs, 74 runs, 136
hits, 23 doubles, 19 sacrifice bunts, 21 stolen bases, and a .945 fielding
percentage at three different infield positions in 168 career games (140
starts). He has started all 76 games over the last two seasons as well.
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