CLEMSON—The Clemson Tigers fell to 34-11 overall and 16-8 in ACC play after being swept over the weekend at North Carolina, who improved to 36-9 overall and 19-5 in the ACC.
The Tigers were swept for the first time this season, and dropped back-to-back road series for the first time this season after losing at Florida State last month.
And much like was the case in the Tigers’ series loss at Florida State, it was errors and mistakes that ultimately cost the Tigers a chance to win the series.
“We’ve had a tough weekend,” Lee said. “We’ve been in every single ballgame, but you have to give North Carolina credit. They found a way to get it done, and the one thing that stands out about North Carolina is when we made mistakes—errors—they made us pay for it and that’s what great teams do.
“The bottom line is you’ve got to play almost perfect baseball when you’re facing a team that’s got good pitching and you don’t do as good a job as you’d like to do in situational hitting—that’s the bottom line and it’s hard to be perfect when you’re facing a team as good as this.
For head coach Monte Lee, whose Tigers lost Saturday and Sunday by one run each day—with Sunday’s finale taking 10 innings—the Tigers will look to regroup and prepare for what lies ahead.
“The bottom line is we’ve gotta get back to the drawing board,” Lee said. “We’ll take a couple of days off for exams and we’ve gotta find a way to get better.”
Tigers plunge in the polls:
After working their way into the top five in the country, and a high ranking of third, the Tiger baseball team took a plunge in the polls after being swept for the first time this season at North Carolina.
The Tigers fell from No. 3 to No. 8 according to D1Baseball.com’s top 25, from No. 6 to No. 10 according to Baseball America, from No. 3 to No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and from No. 5 to No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball’s rankings.
The baseball team will take a break this week, taking five days off from games, due to university-wide exams.
The baseball team will be back on the diamond Saturday (6:30 p.m.), as they begin a three-game series against Nevada at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Game time Move:
Monday’s series finale against Nevada has been moved to a noon start to accommodate Nevada’s travel arrangements.