CLEMSON—If there were two things that the No. 6 Clemson Tigers (34-11 overall, 16-8 ACC) could have used after dropping two out there last three weekend series’ it would be a week off, and a team like the Nevada Wolfpack (14-29 overall, 9-14 MWC) heading to Clemson.
The Tigers dropped have dropped their last two road series to Florida State, who took two out of three games from the Tigers, and to the University of North Carolina—who swept the Tigers last weekend.
But even after a week off and a facing a team with more that has lost twice as many games as they have won, the Tigers understand that they have to get back to doing the little things that had them ranked as third in the country—not committing errors and scoring runs.
“The bottom line is, you have to play almost perfect baseball when you face a team that’s got good pitching and you don’t do as good as you’d like to do in the situational hitting…they’re not going to beat themselves,” Lee said. “…When we make mistakes, we make errors, they make us pay for it. That’s what great teams do.”
The Tigers pitching staff, that had been nearly unhittable through the first two-thirds of the season has hit a bit of rough patch.
Entering the Florida State series, the Tigers sported a 3.06 team-ERA, .245 opponents’ batting average and 101 walks allowed, while fielding the baseball at a .969 mark.
Over their last three weeks of play, which have seen the Tigers go 5-6, their ERA has risen to 3.11, their opponents’ batting average has increased to .282, and their walks allowed has increased to 109.
Even in facing a seemingly inferior opponent in the Wolfpack this weekend, the Tigers will have to get back to doing the little things right if they want to get back on the right side of the win-loss column before hosting the second ranked Louisville Cardinals in less than a week.
The Tigers open the series Saturday night (6:30 p.m.) with Charlie Barnes (4-3, 3.07 ERA) taking the mound to face Trevor Charpie (2-5, 5.27 ERA). Sunday (1:00 p.m.) will see the Tigers Alex Eubanks (6-3, 3.39 ERA) taking on Mark Nowaczewkski (3-4, 3.68 ERA), with Pat Krall getting the call Monday (noon) against a pitcher TBA for the Wolfpack.