Clemson had all the excuses to not play well on Sunday. The team did not fall asleep until around 3 a.m. after playing a doubleheader against Georgia Tech, but no one was looking for excuses, especially Sean Clark. Clark had pitched 10.1 innings coming into today's championship game. Despite a great deal of experience at Clemson, Clark tooked the mound like a seasoned veteran.
Clark delivered a classic pitching perfermance. He threw eight scoreless innings, only allowing four hits. He was named the tournament's most outstanding pitcher. The irony is had Travis Storrer been available, Clark would not have been in Jacksonville. It is likely he has earned a spot on the postseason roster with his performance.
It was a fitting end to the ACC tournament for the Tigers. It was a tournament where role players stepped up and delivered for the Tigers. DJ Mitchell was named to the All-Tournament team. Mitchell filled in all week for the injured Storrer. He was key in igniting the Tigers output against Wake Forest to start the tournament, and his speed was felt offensively and defensively this week.
Ben Hall delivered again as a pinch hitter Thursday night to advance the Tigers. Hall pinch hit for Mitchell with two outs and Taylor Harbin standing on second with the scored tied at 2 against Georgia Tech. Hall drove in the game winning run.
It was a very good sign for the Tigers as they head into the NCAA tournament. In the postseason, names you may have not heard that much during the regular season could be called upon. Mitchell, Hall, and Clark all proved they could deliver for the Tigers. Now the Tigers will await to see what three teams will join them at Doug Kingsmore Stadium next weekend.