The only thing uglier than the uniforms Virginia Tech wore against Clemson in Friday’s ACC Tournament matchup was the game itself. There were a combined six errors and eight pitchers used in the Hokies 9-8 win over the Tigers. The loss drops Clemson to 0-2 in the ACC Tournament. Virginia Tech is 2-0.
Clemson coach Jack Leggett’s postgame comments
The Tigers entered this tournament with visions of building on an Atlantic Division title hosting an NCAA Regional and picking up valuable momentum heading into the postseason. They will leave town (after a meaningless game with Georgia Tech Saturday at 4:00) with more questions than answers about.
The biggest question will be pitching. Who on this team can the count on to give them a quality start? Casey Harman didn’t get it done Wednesday against N.C. State and Scott Weismann didn’t make it out of the fourth inning against the Hokies. Scott Firth did a decent job out of the bullpen (4 innings, five hits and two earned runs), but by and large the staff was atrocious in the first two games of the tournament.
The next lingering question is the defense. The Tigers committed two errors against Virginia Tech and one against N.C. State. They have committed 88 on the season. The staple of Clemson baseball has always been pitching and defense and both of those are shaky at best right now.
This is a strange Tiger team to say the least. At times they look like a team that can play with and beat anyone and others they look like a team that doesn’t belong in the postseason. We know they have done enough to get a regional bid, although it will be on the road. The only hope now is that they can somehow manage to put everything together for an improbable run in the postseason.
Stranger things have happened, although after watching this team play the past two games it is hard to imagine them getting out of a road regional.
- Outfielder Wilson Boyd missed his second straight game because of a shoulder stinger. He did pinch run but it seems unlikely he will play against Georgia Tech. Especially since that game is meaningless for the Tigers.
- Tomorrow’s game against Georgia Tech will start at 4:00