The Clemson baseball team is off to a tidy 6-0 start to the season. Over the weekend the Tigers swept Wright State and they will have one more tune up Wednesday at home against Dayton before they face their first true test this weekend against USC. The Gamecocks dropped two of three at East Carolina over the weekend.
Clemson coach Jack Leggett has been pleased with the offense he’s getting here in the early season. Jeff Schaus went 3-3 with a home run and a career high five RBIs in Sunday’s win over Wright State. Kyle Parker also hit two home runs for the Tigers. Leggett’s lineup is starting to look pretty good.
Jack Leggett talks after the sweep over Wright State
I still wonder how Clemson fans truly feel about Parker’s success on the baseball field. With every homerun and with each point his batting average goes up, his chances of returning to the football field probably are going down. Parker is off to a great start (.435, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and if he puts together a big season he will certainly be an early round pick in this summer MLB draft.
Kyle Parker discusses his big weekend against Wright State
I know Clemson fans love their baseball program and want to see it do well. However, I wonder if there is a part of them that hopes Parker gets into just enough of a slump to keep him around for another season. I know Dabo Swinney would never admit it, but do you think he would rather Parker hit .280 and with 10 home runs this year and returned for his sophomore year on the gridiron or for Parker to his .350 with 25 homers and head off to play minor league baseball?
It is an intriguing storyline for sure. Parker’s success, or lack thereof, on the baseball field very well could have a direct effect on the success, or lack thereof for the football team this fall.