This isn’t the kind of start the Clemson baseball team wanted here in Greensboro. The Tigers dropped their opening game of the tournament Wednesday night with a 13-8 loss to N.C. State. The loss puts Clemson a game down in their pool and makes their quest for a home regional even tougher.
Clemson postgame(Jack Leggett, Brad Miller and Jeff Schaus)
Everything seemed to be shaping up perfectly for the Tigers entering this tournament. They were fresh off a sweep against Florida State and entered the tourney as the Atlantic division champs and the number two seed in the tournament. Add to that the fact they swept the Wolfpack during their regular season series.
It looked too good to be true. And apparently it was.
Clemson’s pitching never found its groove, from starter Casey Harman (four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings) to Alex Fredrick (four earned runs in just 1/3 inning) to Tomas Cruz (two earned runs in one inning), almost everyone Jack Leggett sent to the mound had problems getting people out.
So now Clemson will get a day off to recover and refocus and get ready to return to action. The Tigers Friday at 4:00 against Virginia Tech. They will face Georgia Tech Saturday at 4:00.
This is pool play and there are too many tie breakers to explain, but suffice it to say Clemson needs some help. Obviously the Tigers need to win out and hope N.C. State drops at least one game. By virtue of having the number two seed Clemson does own the advantage in a lot of the tiebreakers. However, if they don’t play better than they did Wednesday night it isn’t going to come down to a tiebreaker.