Tigers Have the Bats and the Arms to Win a Regional

The No. 10 Clemson Tiger baseball team has not been just red-hot–they have been going scorched earth.

But early this season, the hopes of this kind of turnaround seemed like a hope and a prayer. Remember, earlier this season, Clemson lost close games to Central Florida, South Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. To top things off, the Tigers lost late leads in nine of those games, and at one point, lost five straight one-run games.

In fact, the miraculous turnaround came after a one-run loss to then No. 2, now No. 1, Wake Forest. Since that game, the Tigers have posted a 15-4 record, including a 12-3 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Their level of play has not only placed them third in the ACC, and firmly inside the NCAA Tournament–after looking like they would miss the tournament for a second straight season–they are now looking likely to host a regional for the first time since 2018.

According to D1 Baseball, if the season ended today, they would find themselves as a regional host as the No. 16 seed. But it is not only the possibility of hosting a regional that has the analysts taking notice–it is the fact that this team can make it out of a regional.

“I feel pretty good about the way the pitching has shaped up,” Aaron Fitt of D1baseball said in his weekly chat. “(Caden) Grice emerging as a legit weekend starter has been a big development, and I really like Gordon at the front end, and I think they have plenty of nice pieces to mix and match with in the bullpen. Feels like a team that can indeed win a regional.”

The Tigers hit the road this week where they will visit Coastal Carolina on Wednesday in Conway, S.C., before making the trip to Blacksburg, Va., on Friday to take on a streaking Virginia Tech ballclub in a three-game series.

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