Thursday Baseball Thoughts
|Thursday, May 9, 2013, 11:47 AM- -|
Thursday Baseball Notes
We had Clemson baseball recruiting coordinator and assistant coach
Bradley LeCroyBradley LeCroy
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Clemson is 34-15 overall and 17-10 in the ACC. The Tigers are 19th in the latest Baseball America poll and 15th in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Clemson is 12th in the RPI based upon several factors. The Tigers have the nation's 8th toughest schedule according to the RPI numbers.
Clemson is 15-12 against teams 1-50 in the RPI, 4-1 against teams ranked 51-100, 9-1 against squads from 101-200 and 6-1 against teams ranked above number 200.
The Tigers are 22-9 at home, 11-6 on the road and 1-0 on neutral sites.
Clemson is currently on the good side of the bubble in terms of hosting a regional according to Baseball America's college expert Aaron Fitt. A lot can change in the final two weeks of the regular season but Fitt says that Clemson has positioned itself well because of the strong finish of the last month.
Clemson will keep an eye on the NC State and Florida State series this weekend in Raleigh. FSU has a half game lead over NC State in the Atlantic Division heading into the weekend. Clemson trails the Seminoles by a game and a half.
The situation is different this year because NC State lost a game to weather when they hosted top-ranked North Carolina a few weeks ago. This hurts Clemson in my opinion. The Tigers had the advantage in the tie breaker with State but unless there is a rainout next weekend, Clemson and State cannot tie, so the tie breaker will not matter.
At this point, winning the division may be tough. If State wins two of three this weekend they take a lead for the division. State would be favored at Duke in next week's final series.
I think the best case scenario would be for FSU to win two of three against State and then Clemson take two of three from FSU next weekend. Clemson would win the tie-breaker in that scenario.
The ACC tournament is the following week and at this point Clemson would be the fifth seed in the tournament.
One of the reasons Clemson has played well down the stretch is depth. In the past couple of seasons the Tigers did not have the depth to make changes but this has changed with the freshman class.
Jay BaumJay Baum
#13 6-0, 190
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#11 6-2, 190
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Depth is important and a key to how the Tigers are now 9-1 in doubleheaders this season.
I was talking to a friend the other day about the program. He had moved from the area and had not been able to come to any games this season, so he asked about the program. I told him how much deeper and athletic we were this season compared to the last few teams. I also told him of the recruiting success continuing for the next two classes and finished by saying, "It's about to get really good around here!"
LeCroy gave two more pieces of good news on the show this morning. He said that
Kevin PohleKevin Pohle
Jr. RH Pitcher
#21 6-3, 205
St. Louis, MO
View Full Profile 's red-shirt season is going very well. He said the staff expects Pohle to come back and compete with for a starting spot in the rotation next year. LeCroy also said the staff loves Jake LongJake Long
Jr. RH Pitcher
#39 5-10, 180
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Next year the staff will feature
Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
So. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 180
View Full Profile , Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
Fr. LH Pitcher
#44 5-11, 205
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