Clemson ticked one of its postseason boxes, Friday, locking in a spot for the ACC Tournament by handling Boston College 6-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Lefthander Geoffrey Gilbert (5-2) turned in a quality start and Max Wagner continued his season-long tear, driving in three runs and hitting his 26th homer of the season, to lead the Tigers to victory.
Despite an RPI in the top 30, the Tigers entered the final series of the regular season not yet assured of a place in next week’s conference tournament. Due to its pool format, two of the fourteen ACC teams won’t make the trip to Charlotte. Boston College (19-33, 5-24) had long been eliminated, leaving one spot to be secured by either Clemson (34-21, 12-16) or Duke (22-30, 10-18). The Tigers laid claim to the berth by outscoring BC 21-3 in the first two games of the series. Clemson is now in position to strengthen its NCAA Tournament chances with a good showing at Truist Field.
Wagner has been a driving force in Clemson’s quest for the postseason. With one regular season game remaining, the sophomore third baseman is among the ACC leaders in home runs (26, first), total bases (168, first), batting average (.382, third), runs scored (65, second), and RBI (74, second). Wagner’s three-run homer came in the seventh inning, Friday, and leaves him just one long ball short of tying Khalil Greene for the school’s single-season mark.
Clemson wraps its regular season at 11 a.m., Saturday. Senior Day festivities at Doug Kingsmore Stadium will begin at 10:30 a.m.