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Virginia ACC Tournament Pod: Clemson Tigers

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In terms of ACC record, the Clemson Tigers were just a game behind the Cavaliers at 17-13. But while the Cavaliers were reeling off seven straight ACC series victories to end the season, the Tigers limped into the ACC Tournament having lost four of their last five (three of the five came against the top three teams in the conference).

So, if you are looking for a postseason resume booster, the Clemson-UVa game could be a huge one with both teams needing another solid win to assure hosting a regional next weekend. Though, both are likely virtually assured already.

Even though the Tigers lost those 4 series mentioned above, they only dropped two ACC games in their first five series; one of which was the Friday game against Virginia.

While many expected sophomore phenom Seth Beer to lead the Tigers, their offense has been paced in large part by Reed Rohlman. The junior OF finished the regular season with a .380 average, good enough for 3rd in the ACC.

After being named Freshman of the Year, the Dick Howser Award Winner, and First Team All-ACC last year, Beer certainly helped his team. The soph comes into the week with a .302 average and a .608 slugging percentage. He also tied for the team lead with 14 home runs.

Neither Clemson, nor Virginia have announced their pitching rotation for the week.

Friday’s game starters will likely not be decided until the previous games have been played. The Tigers’ staff features a 3.44 ERA and a .252 batting average against. The good news is Clemson is burning Charlie Barnes in their opening game against Duke. Barnes only has a 5-4 record but lead Clemson with a 2.81 ERA in 89.2 innings. He also lead all Clemson starters with a .242 batting average against.

The Tigers kick off their ACC Tournament stay Tuesday night at 7 against the Blue Devils. Clemson won’t play again until they take on the Cavaliers on Friday at 11.