Monday Baseball Notes: Celebration will be short, Pitcher honored and Tigers’ in Top 5

CLEMSON—The Clemson Tigers baseball team kept on doing what they do this past weekend, as they completed a three-game sweep of the Virginia Tech to move to 28-5 overall and 13-2 in the ACC.

For head coach Monte Lee, as good as it was to finish off a perfect week, going 4-0, the celebration will be short-lived as the Tigers prepare to take on Charleston Southern in a midweek game and then a weekend series against the Florida State.

“A great weekend and we’ve got a tough week ahead of us,” Lee said. “We’ve got to turn right back around and get ready for Charleston Southern on Tuesday, and then we go to Tallahassee (Florida State). We all know how tough it is to win in Tallahassee.

“We’ve got a big week ahead of us our guys need to rest, recover a little bit, enjoy what is always a great thing when you sweep a series, but we’ve got to keep things in perspective and get re-energized and get ready for a big week.”

Four straight weeks of honors:

For the fourth straight week, the ACC has honored a member of the Clemson Tiger baseball team, with this week’s recipient being left-handed starting pitcher Charlie Barnes being named the league’s Co-ACC Pitcher of the Week.

On the season, Barnes is 4-2 with a 1.51 ERA, .216 opponents’ batting average and 67 strikeouts against 10 walks in 53.2 innings over eight starts.

This week Barnes, and the rest of the Tigers, faced off against the national leader in home runs (Virginia Tech). In his start Friday night, Barnes held the Hokies to only four hits, one run and two walks with a career-high tying 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched.

Tigers hold serve in the polls:

The Tigers moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll and remained in the top five in the Baseball America ranking (No. 5), ranking (No. 4) and the USA Today coaches poll (No. 4).

Clemson (28-5, 13-2 ACC) won all four games last week, including a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech last weekend.


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