Timely Hits Will Be Needed
With Georgia Tech waiting in the wings, the Tigers know they are going to have to bring their bats on Friday. In the first game of the ACC tournament, the Tigers did slow down the Yellow Jackets offense, as the Tigers won 3-2, however that is the only meeting between the two teams this year where the winning team scored less than seven runs.
It was timely hitting that pushed the Tigers passed Oral Roberts, including several key hits from the bottom of the order. DJ Mitchell and Stan Widmann delievered key hits with two outs in the Super Regional. The Tigers will need them to step up in big spots once again.
It was a lack of key hits in the fifth meeting of the season that cost the Tigers. Clemson left 17 runners on base in an extra innings loss to the Yellow Jackets. Facing an offense like Georgia Tech, the Tigers will need to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
The Tigers can ill afford to leave runners on scoring position. Coming into the Super Regional, the Tigers had only converted 3 of their last 13 scoring opportunities with one out or less. In the win to advance to Omaha, the Tigers scored all six runs with two outs. Taylor Harbin and Tyler Colvin are showing the competitive will it takes to lead a team in Omaha.
The confidence of swinging the bats with runners in scoring position was contagious against ORU, but the Tigers will need clutch hitting against the Yellow Jackets.
Ideally, Clemson would like to have another low scoring game against the Yellow Jackets, but the track record indicates at least seven runs will be needed to win this game.