Remember when the Clemson Tigers started the season 2-7 in ACC play and when their chances of being simply in the NCAA tournament–let alone hosting, being a national seed and making it to Omaha for the College World Series–were laughable. Well the Tigers have gone from postseason afterthoughts to a potential national seed.
Clemson has won 10 straight, and 21 of their last 24 games. The Tigers have also won six consecutive ACC series, including eight straight against league competition.
Since starting 2-7 in the ACC, they’re 21-4 in their last 25 and have the league’s second best record at 18-10–all of which has Clemson poised for a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
“Clemson vaulted from No. 11 last week to No. 7 (in the national seed projections) this week after sweeping yet another ACC series, their third in the last four weekends,” D1 Baseball wrote. “The Tigers are up to (No. 7) in the RPI and have 14 wins vs. RPI Top 50 to go with an excellent conference record.”
However, a national seed is not the only projection they have for the Tigers. In fact, they believe that bigger things may be in store for a program that has not advanced out of regional play in 13 years–a berth in the CWS.
“This has been an amazing run, but you do wonder sometimes when you see these runs if a team is either peaking too early, or playing above its head a little bit, or both,” Aaron Fitt wrote. But there’s plenty to like about Clemson, it’s an athletic and balanced position player group, and I think Jimmy Belanger has handled that pitching staff masterfully to get the most out of that group (which does have arm strength, let’s not sell them short). Certainly they are capable of winning on a regional and getting to Omaha. Doesn’t mean they definitely WILL do those things, but they sure could.”
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