March 15, 2012
Clemson vs. Boston College Game Notes
Clemson vs. Boston College Clemson (6-8, 0-3 ACC) will host Boston College (6-8, 0-3 ACC) in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend. Game times are 6:30 PM (Friday), 6:30 PM (Saturday), and 12:00 PM (Sunday). All three games will be available live via webcast on TigerCast. 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 as well.
All current members of the Tiger Letterwinner’s Association are invited to attend the series. Each member will receive free admission by presenting their current membership card at the ticket gate next to the left-field foul pole. Additional tickets for family members can be purchased on gameday for games this weekend for $6.
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The Series Clemson and Boston College have met 18 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 12-6 lead in the series dating back to the 2006 season, the Eagles’ first year in the ACC. Clemson has won each of the last four games and seven of the last eight contests in the series.
In 2011 at chilly Commander Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, the Tigers swept Boston College by scores of 9-2, 7-5, and 9-2. In 2010 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson won the first and last games of the series. The Tigers have won five of the six series against the Eagles. The only series win for Boston College came in 2008 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, when the Eagles won two of three games.
The Tigers hold a 5-4 lead in games played at Clemson, all of which have been played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. All 18 games have been ACC regular-season contests and have also been with Jack Leggett as Clemson’s head coach. Leggett was 1-1 against Boston College as head coach at Vermont, meaning he is 13-7 all-time against the Eagles.
The Starting Pitchers In game-one, Boston College will start sophomore righthander Eric Stevens (2-0, 3.05 ERA) on the mound. The Pompton Lakes, NJ native has made four starts for a total of 20.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 18 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 15 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with junior righthander Kevin Brady (0-1, 2.53 ERA) on Friday. The Gaithersburg, MD native has made four starts for a total of 21.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 18 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and four walks with 22 strikeouts.
In game-two, the Eagles will send out junior righty Hunter Gordon (1-0, 2.16 ERA) on the mound. The Swampscott, MA native has made three starts and one relief appearance for a total of 16.2 innings pitched. He has given up 11 hits (.186 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks with 13 strikeouts.
Clemson will counter with junior righty Dominic Leone (2-1, 5.71 ERA) on Saturday. The Norwich, CT native has made four starts for a total of 17.1 innings pitched. He has allowed 16 hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and 10 walks with 15 strikeouts.
In game-three, Boston College will start sophomore righthander Matt Alvarez (1-2, 3.93 ERA) on the mound. The Cranbury, NJ native has made four starts for a total of 18.1 innings pitched. He has yielded 11 hits (.175 opponents’ batting average) and 19 walks with 16 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Kevin Pohle (2-0, 1.00 ERA) on Sunday. The Saint Louis, MO native has made two starts and two relief appearances for a total of 18.0 innings pitched. He has given up 18 hits (.261 opponents’ batting average) and eight walks with 14 strikeouts.
The Eagles Boston College, led by second-year Head Coach Mike Gambino, enters the series at Clemson with a 6-8 overall record and an 0-3 ACC mark being swept at #13 Miami (FL) last weekend. The Eagles, who are 4-8 on opponents’ home fields, have lost six games in a row and have yet to play a home game this season.
Boston College is averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .273 with a .400 slugging percentage and .346 on-base percentage. The team has totaled 28 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, and seven stolen bases in 11 attempts.
Tom Bourdon leads the team with a .359 batting average, three homers, five doubles, one triple, and nine RBIs. Anthony Melchionda is batting .310 with a team-high seven doubles and 10 RBIs. Matt McGovern has 10 RBIs and a team-high three stolen bases as well.
The pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA and .258 opponents’ batting average along with 102 strikeouts against 77 walks in 118.2 innings pitched. Senior righthander Matt Brazis has three of the team’s five saves and eight strikeouts against no walks in 5.0 innings pitched over five relief appearances. Boston College is fielding at a .954 clip as well.
The Tigers Clemson enters the series against Boston College with a 6-8 overall record and an 0-3 ACC mark after falling at Western Carolina 8-4 on Wednesday. The Tigers, who have lost four games in a row, are 6-5 at home this season.
The Tigers are averaging 5.9 runs per game and hitting .268 with a .398 slugging percentage and .367 on-base percentage. Clemson has also totaled 26 doubles, two triples, 11 homers, and 10 stolen bases.
Richie Shaffer is hitting a team-best .412 with four homers, seven doubles, 14 RBIs, 17 runs, an .824 slugging percentage, and a .545 on-base percentage. Phil Pohl is hitting .340 with three homers, four doubles, and 18 RBIs. Jason Stolz has hit safely in each of the last nine games and is hitting .328 on the season. Steve Wilkerson has added a .347 batting average as well.
The pitching staff has a 3.73 ERA and .282 opponents’ batting average in 128.0 innings pitched. The staff has surrendered 51 walks against 108 strikeouts. Freshman righthander Daniel Gossett has the team’s lone save. The Tigers are fielding at a .961 clip as well.
Worth Noting Clemson is 6-1 when scoring six runs or more and 0-7 when scoring less than six runs.
Brady Approaching Record Lists Junior righty Kevin Brady (Gaithersburg, MD) is fast approaching 100 innings pitched in his career. That is the mark needed to qualify for several career records in the Tiger recordbook. In 2012, Brady is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched over four starts. He has allowed 18 hits (.234 opponents’ batting average) and only four walks with 22 strikeouts, good for a 5.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In 92.2 innings pitched over 40 appearances (12 starts) in his career (2009-12), he is 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA. He has yielded 93 hits (.263 opponents’ batting average) and only 18 walks with 108 strikeouts. If he had enough innings to qualify, his 6.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio would be first in school history, his 10.49 strikeouts per nine innings pitched would be third in school history, and his 1.75 walks per nine innings pitched mark would be second in school history.
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