Inside Clemson Baseball: Kennedy making instant impact

Clemson's Shane Kennedy hits a single to right field during the fifth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Shane Kennedy hits a single to right field during the fifth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Junior college signee Shane Kennedy is having quite the debut season in a Clemson uniform.

The designated hitter/third baseman leads the Tigers in triples (3), on-base percentage (.425), walks (24), and is second in slugging percentage (.456) and average (.328) – also leading in strikeouts (34). He ranks second on the team in RBIs per opportunity (21-of-104), just behind Garrett Boulware (31-of-114), per college stats site Seldom Used Reserve (SUR).

SUR gives an even deeper look into the numbers here.

Batting right-handed, Kennedy is hitting a team-best .352 against righty arms – also leading against righties (.448) and lefties (.394) in OBP.

Leading in average overall is sophomore left fielder Tyler Slaton (.344), who is batting .436 against lefties. He has a .452 on-base percentage against southpaws as well.

Boulware has seven homers, while no other Tiger has more than two. Second baseman Steve Wilkerson has the most two-base hits (10).

Boulware has knocked in 22 of his 31 RBIs against right-handed pitchers, but still leads in slugging against either arm (.579 vs. RHP; .474 v. LHP). Freshman right fielder Steven Duggar has the most RBIs against lefties (12).

Kennedy indeed leads in strikeouts, but Wilkerson has K’d a team-high 19 times against right-handed starters (Furman starts righty Jacques de Gruy tonight, 0-1, 15.43 ERA).

On the pitching side, right-handed reliever Matt Campbell is atop the Tigers in opposing batting average (.173) – .158 against lefties, while righty Daniel Gossett is the leader among starters (.227).

Gossett leads the Tiger starters against left-handed bats in opposing average (.234), WHIP (1.09) and strikeouts-to-walks (2.8).

Righty reliever Patrick Andrews has a 0.93 WHIP – holding lefties to a .125 average and 0.41 WHIP with five strikeouts and no walks. Right-hander Mike Kent holds a 0.79 WHIP against righties, while lefty starter Matthew Crownover pitches 1.09 in the category.

Tonight’s starter, right-hander Jonathan Meyer, has 21 strikeouts to three walks.

Side-arming righty Kyle Schnell leads the Tigers in ERA (1.86).

In terms of fielding, Duggar and center fielder Thomas Brittle are the two Clemson starters without an error on the season.

First baseman Jon McGibbon sports a .997 fielding percentage, while freshman shortstop Tyler Krieger has turned 25 double plays with eight errors.

On the basepaths, Brittle has attempted 18 stolen bases, reaching 15 times. Of his 43 times reaching base, third baseman Jay Baum has 16 stolen base attempts - caught six times, but is tied with Kennedy for second on the team in SBs (10).

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