Tigers Move Into Tie For Third
The Clemson Tiger baseball team was able to complete its sweep of Duke on Sunday with a 16-6 victory. The Tigers came from behind to win all three games in front of the home crowd. The Tigers advanced to 9-3 in conference play, and they are now tied for third place with Florida State one game out of first place.
The Seminoles dropped the final game of their series to Wake Forest 13-10. The Noles have been up and down on the season taking two of three from Clemson, but dropping a game a piece to Wake Forest and Duke. Florida State will have a key series versus conference leader Georgia Tech next weekend.
Georgia Tech is tied with North Carolina for the conference lead. The Tar Heels have taken advantage of lighter schedule to start conference play, but the Heels have a tough stretch to close out the season.
With Georgia Tech and FSU getting together next weekend, Clemson stands a chance to move up in the standings. The Tigers play host to Virginia in a three-game set. Clemson will look to keep its bats alive against the Cavaliers next weekend.
After struggling against Georgia last Wednesday, Clemson scored 36 runs against Duke in the series. The Tigers showed some explosiveness posting an eight run inning Friday night and a twelve run inning on Sunday. The Tigers began to show some power with five home runs in the series. Kris Harvey led the way with two home runs raising his total to eight on the year.
Clemson mid-week schedule does not get any lighter this week. On Tuesday, Clemson travels to face Western Carolina, who holds a victory over Georgia Tech to their credit. On Wednesday, they return home for a match up with rival South Carolina. The Gamecocks already hold two wins on the Tigers from earlier this year, and they are coming off a three game sweep of LSU.
The team will look to find some consistency this week. A very young team has got off to a great start in conference play, but Head Coach Jack Leggett would like to see some improvement out of conference, despite playing a brutal schedule.