This Clemson baseball team is heating up. Big time. The 14th ranked Tigers made a statement in the ACC opener here in Durham with a 9-0 win over 8th ranked Georgia Tech. Clemson has now won 25 of its past 31 and may well have clinched a home seed in next week’s NCAA Regionals.
(Audio includes Jack Legget, Chris Epps, Jeff Schaus and Dominic Leone at the podium)
Dominic Leon pitched out of a few early jams and earned his sixth win of the season. There is no doubting he is back at full strength after missing some time in the early part of the season with arm problems. David Haseldon came on in relief and allowed just two hits in his four innings of work. He only needed 39 pitches to earn his third save of the season.
Chris Epps got things going offensively for the Tigers. Lost in the news about Brad Miller earning ACC Player of the Year honors Monday was the fact Epps earned ACC Player of the Week. His two out three-run homer put the Tigers up 3-0 in the third.
The Tigers did an outstanding job of hitting with two strikes, coming up with several key hits with two strikes and or two outs. Georgia Tech starter Mark Pope has just four losses this season, two of which were against Clemson. He said the Tigers approach at the plate is tough to stop.
In all Clemson racked up 13 hits. Eight different players had at least one hit, with Jeff Schaus leading the way with his 4-5 day that included two RBI. Ironically, the only starter not to get a hit today was the aforementioned Brad Miller. His 0-4 day dropped his average to .421 on the season.
Clemson will face Florida State tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. The Tigers took two of three against the Seminoles in Tallahassee over the weekend.
Florida State plays N.C. State at 7:00 tonight. Clemson and N.C. State play Saturday.