Boston College (13-17, 6-8 ACC) vs. Clemson Tigers (19-13, 6-9 ACC)
BC has the disadvantage that all northern teams do in that they must start their season on the road for decent weather. As a result, they will almost never have a great record coming into ACC play. Its no different this year. They were swept at Florida and FSU, lost twice to Miami, and their first 20 games or so were pretty bad for them. They're still losing their midweek contests to some weak ball clubs, but have won series against Duke, Maryland, and VT. Clemson will be just their second home ACC series.
Boston College defeated Duke twice in Durham, 6-4 in 11 innings and 5-3. They lost the Friday opener 10-6. BC lost to Dartmouth 15-10 in midweek play. Their game against UMass was postponed.
Friday, 2:30pm; Saturday, 1:30; Sunday, Noon
We are on the road so it'll be a quick preview this week. See the team AD previews for starter announcements.
With Miller back, Clemson's offense seems to have woken up a bit, and hopefully the defense will shore up somewhat...maybe pure hope there. Attanasio seems to me to be making a strong case for weekend PT over Epps with his .487 average.
BC isn't without a few strong hitters. Matt McGovern is hitting .511 despite missing many games. Anthony Melchionda and Garrett Smith both have .300+ averages. Melchionda also has a team high 31 RBI.
Clemson Projected Position Starters
BC Projected Position Starters
Garrett Smith is BC's sharp one-inning only closer. He has a 0.82 ERA in just 11 IP, with 6 saves. Aside from starters Andrew Lawrence and John Leonard, no one else has a sub 3.90 ERA. This is not as strong a pitching team as they have been in the past.
Projected Weekend Starters
Boston College Bullpen/Other Pitching
I think Clemson needs all 3 games here, but I only expect us to get 2.