The Clemson Tiger baseball team missed an opportunity to jump in the ACC standings and possibly jump into the Top 25. Georgia Tech was swept by Virginia over the weekend. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 16-5 in the conference standings and will head up to Clemson this weekend for a three-game series. North Carolina swept Duke and now is tied with Georgia Tech atop the standings with a 14-4 conference mark. Miami dropped FSU two out of three holding their mark steady at 15-5 in conference.
The Tigers lost the series to NC State with uncharacteristic play. It was the worst weekend for Tiger pitching on the season giving up 26 runs. The Tigers came in fielding .962, but had four errors in the series. The Tigers were able to get the bats going against a pretty good pitching staff.
Taylor Harbin broke out of his first slump in a big way Saturday night. Harbin hit three home runs going 5 for 5 adding a single and a triple. Harbin had twelve RBIs on the week. Kris Harvey hit his 13th home run Sunday to maintain his ACC lead. Tyler Colvin tied Harbin for the team lead in doubles at 18. For the second time in his career, Colvin hit three doubles in one game. Khalil Greene is the only other Tiger to accomplish that ame feat twice.
NC State is now 21-3 at home, so the Tigers faced a daunting task this past weekend. The Tigers' pitchers have done a great job of working out of jams all season, but NC State was simply to hot this weekend.
The Tigers have five home games this week to regroup. Tuesday and Wednesday they will face Elon and Wofford, then this weekend it will a marquee matchup in the ACC as co-leader Georgia Tech comes into to town.