The Clemson Tigers worked out for the second day in a row indoors on Tuesday with inclement weather continuing to pound the Palmetto State in advance of the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The weather forecast calls for rain through Thursday, meaning the Tigers will be hard-pressed for in their home ballpark before their first game Saturday against Morehead State.
The Eagles come in as a tournament surprise, having won in upset fashion in the Ohio Valley Tournament by defeating heavily-favored Tennessee Tech in the tournament final last weekend. The Tigers will also have to contend with either Vanderbilt or St. John’s, a pair of repeat teams from last year’s Clemson regional, won by the Commodores.
Going into the weekend, the Tigers remain relatively healthy with the one exception being Kier Meredith, who has missed the last couple of weeks after aggravating his shoulder that made him miss the start of the season. Grayson Byrd played in the ACC Tournament, but cannot play the field and is limited running the bases due to a sore quad.
Clemson starting pitcher Jacob Hennessy, who missed the final series of the season at Pittsburgh with arm inflammation, was available to pitch in the ACC Tournament out of the bullpen and would have been a candidate to start if the Tigers made the Championship Game.
Head Coach Monte Lee declined to name his pitching plans for the week, but he said matchups within the three teams would dictate how he would proceed. Lee also talked about the challenge in preparing for a regional when your only practice time may come in the indoor football facility:
The Clemson regional kicks off with Vanderbilt and St. John’s playing at noon on Friday, followed by Clemson hosting Morehead State at 6 PM. Friday night’s losers will play an elimination game Saturday at 1 PM, while the winners play later that night at 7 PM. Saturday afternoon’s winner will play the Saturday night loser Sunday at noon, for the right to face the last undefeated team, and will have to win twice to advance.