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Clemson Baseball Team to Face Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA this Weekend

April 14, 2011

Complete Game Notes

Clemson vs. Boston College Clemson (19-13, 6-9 ACC) will travel to Chestnut Hill, MA to take on Boston College (13-17, 6-8 ACC) in a three-game series at Commander Shea Field this weekend. Game times are 2:30 PM (Friday), 1:30 PM (Saturday), and 12:00 PM (Sunday). All three games will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network. Live stats will be available online at for all three games as well.

The Series Clemson and Boston College have met 15 times, with the Tigers holding a 9-6 lead in the series dating back to 2006, the Eagles’ first baseball season in the ACC. In 2010 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers won the first (15-2) and last (14-9) games, while the Eagles were victorious in game-two by a score of 11-5. In 2009 at Boston College, the Eagles won the first game of the series 13-1 before Clemson answered with wins (7-6, 5-3) in the final two games.

The Tigers hold a 4-2 lead in games played at Boston College, all at Commander Shea Field. All 15 games have also been ACC regular-season contests and all 15 have been with Jack Leggett as Clemson’s head coach. Leggett was 1-1 against Boston College as Vermont’s head coach, meaning he has a 10-7 all-time record against the Eagles.

The Starting Pitchers Boston College’s starting pitcher for game-one on Friday has yet to be determined.

The Tigers will start sophomore righthander Dominic Leone (0-1, 5.60 ERA) on Friday. The Norwich, CT native has made four starts and three relief appearances for a total of 17.2 innings pitched. He has allowed 18 hits (.273 opponents’ batting average) and nine walks with 20 strikeouts.

In game-two, the Eagles will send out senior righty John Leonard (4-3, 3.71 ERA) on the mound. The Hanover, MA native has made eight starts and one relief appearance for a total of 51.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 50 hits (.263 opponents’ batting average) and 14 walks with 24 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with with sophomore righthander Scott Firth (3-0, 2.87 ERA) on Saturday. The Buffalo Grove, IL native has made four starts and four relief appearances for a total of 31.1 innings pitched. He has yielded 21 hits (.181 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks with 21 strikeouts.

Both teams’ starting pitchers for game-three on Sunday have yet to be determined.

The Eagles Boston College, led by first-year Head Coach Mike Gambino, enters the series against Clemson with a 13-17 overall record and 6-8 ACC mark after falling at Dartmouth by a score of 15-10 on Tuesday. The Eagles are also coming off two wins in three games at Duke last weekend. Boston College sports a 3-3 home record, as only six of its 30 games have been played at home.

Boston College is averaging 5.0 runs per game and hitting .277 with a .374 slugging percentage and .364 on-base percentage thanks to 120 walks and 23 hit-by-pitches against 219 strikeouts. The team has also totaled 53 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, and 16 stolen bases in 33 attempts.

Matt McGovern leads the team with a .511 batting average in 45 at-bats. He is also 12-for-14 in the last three games. Anthony Melchionda is hitting .327 with 10 doubles, three triples, one homer, and a team-high 31 RBIs. Andrew Lawrence has a team-high three home runs as well.

The pitching staff has a 5.67 ERA and .299 opponents’ batting average along with 164 strikeouts against 118 walks in 257.1 innings pitched. Senior righthander Garret Smith has six of the team’s seven saves along with an 0.82 ERA and .158 opponents’ batting average in 11.0 innings pitched over 11 relief appearances. Boston College is fielding at a .979 clip as well.

The Tigers Clemson enters the series at Boston College with a 19-13 overall record and 6-9 ACC mark after defeating Presbyterian College 7-2 at home on Tuesday. The Tigers are also coming off two wins in three games against Maryland at home over the weekend. Clemson owns a 1-6 record on opponents’ home fields.

The Tigers are averaging 7.4 runs per game and hitting .318 with a .456 slugging percentage and .418 on-base percentage thanks to 174 walks and 30 hit-by-pitches. Clemson has also totaled 63 doubles, 13 triples, 20 homers, and 51 stolen bases.

Brad Miller is hitting a team-best .415 with a .533 on-base percentage and nine steals. John Hinson has a team-high 12 stolen bases as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.69 ERA and .239 opponents’ batting average in 282.2 innings pitched. The staff has allowed 102 walks against 242 strikeouts, good for a 2.37 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Junior righty David Haselden has two saves, a 2.41 ERA, and .218 opponents’ batting average in 13 appearances. The Tigers are fielding at a .965 clip as well.

Junior righthander Scott Weismann (Boxborough) is the lone Tiger on the 2011 team who hails from the state of Massachusetts. It will be his first baseball trip to the Bay State as a Tiger, as he did not travel with the team to Boston College in 2009.

Worth Noting • Friday’s game at Boston College will be Clemson’s first contest outside of the Carolinas. • Since Brad Miller returned to shortstop, Clemson has committed just three errors in the last six games, good for a .987 fielding percentage. None of the three errors have been fielding errors.

Firth First Sophomore righthander Scott Firth (Buffalo Grove, IL) started the season as a reliever, but he has since become a weekend starter. And in his five appearances (four starts) in ACC regular-season games, he is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA and an ACC-best .158 opponents’ batting average. In 26.0 innings pitched, he has allowed just 15 hits and 16 walks with 19 strikeouts. In one of his best career outings, he tossed 6.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball to earn the win in Clemson’s 7-0 victory over Maryland on April 9.

On the season, Firth is 3-0 with a 2.87 ERA and .181 opponents’ batting average in 31.1 innings pitched over eight appearances (four starts). He has been especially effective against righthanded batters, holding them to a .105 batting average. He has held all batters to 3-for-31 (.097) with two outs as well.

In his two-year career, he is 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA and .252 opponents’ batting average in 64.0 innings pitched over 24 appearances (eight starts).

Sarratt Pitches Clemson Past Blue Hose 7-2 Doug Kingsmore Stadium on April 12. John Hinson, who had a game-high three RBIs, added a solo home run in the sixth inning. Dominic Attanasio had a game-high three hits for Clemson, who outhit Presbyterian College 12-5. Sarratt allowed just four hits, one earned run, and one walk with two strikeouts to earn the victory. He faced the minimum 19 batters during one stretch from the first inning through the seventh inning.