The Tigers problems Friday had nothing to do with pitching; Clate Schmidt took the ball and pitched a career high 8.1 innings; he allowed 8 hits, 2 runs, stuck out 6 and walked one. He left the game with one out in the 9th and a runner on second. Closer Matt Campbell came on in relief and gave up a two run homer to Mott Hyde, the first hitter he faced. That made it 3-0, and given the way the Tigers were struggling, it was pretty clear that things were going to fall in the Yellow Jackets favor.
Clemson did double its hit total in the 9th inning, but the two runners were stranded on second and third when Shane Kennedy and Chris Okey struck out to end the game.
“I thought Clate did a great job for us, went out and pitched in a great situation and gave us everything we had, put us in a position to win, we could just not get anything going offensively,” Jack Leggett said. “We had lead off men in the first 4 or 5 innings and couldn’t materialize with it and get things going and couldn’t get back to back hits together. So it was a very tough and frustrating offensive day for us, after the good win last night.”
Leggett is confident his team will see its name called when the NCAA Regional field is revealed Monday. The Tigers entered this tournament on the bubble, but most projections have them in after wins against Duke and Miami this week.
“I would hope so, you know,” Leggett said. “We played tough in this tournament, it’s a great conference. We finished second in our division, fifth in the conference, won two ballgames here, beat Duke, beat Miami, played tough today. We got a great baseball team. I would be shocked and disappointed if anything else happened, so we’re looking forward to going back and practicing and hopefully preparing ourselves for next weekend.”