Tigers Head Into Key Stretch
|2006-04-28 08:51:22.0- -|
The Clemson Tiger baseball team head into the weekend sitting atop the Atlantic Division. The Tigers will begin a stretch of nine consecutive ACC games this weekend with a three-game series against Virginia Tech, followed by series at Duke and at home against Florida State.
The Tigers have little room for error, if they want to win the outright title for the regular season. The Tigers are tied in the loss column with North Carolina. The Tigers and Tar Heels are not schedule to meet on the diamond this season. The Tar Heels have ACC series remaining with Duke, at Virginia, and Boston College. Which means, the Tar Heels have the more favorable remaining schedule.
In the Atlantic Division, Clemson has Wake Forest and Florida State right on their heels. The head-to-head match-ups will separate these three in the standings. Clemson has both series at home.
The Tigers come into the weekend well rested for the first time in over a month. The Tigers will have P.J. Zocchi available out of the bullpen, which could give the Tigers some help in relief. Also, Stephen Faris could be available Saturday or Sunday, if he is needed.
Coming into this key stretch, head coach Jack Leggett has not been afraid to toy with the line-up. Wednesday night’s game had a change in the batting order, it was the third change in six games.
This weekend there will be a change in the field. Marquez Smith, who has been impressive at third all year, will get the start in the field, and Herman Demmink will be the designated hitter.
The Tigers are still trying to find the perfect chemistry. This team has still not played their best baseball, and yet they sit atop the standings. It is hard to go into a series thinking sweep, but if the ACC title hopes are to remain alive, the Tigers must sweep Virginia Tech and Duke.