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Clemson vs. Western Carolina: 2016 NCAA Tournament Preview

NCAA Football: Clemson Spring Game Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

After last night's shellacking by Oklahoma State, Clemson faces a pretty tough task to advance to the Super Regional. The Tigers will have to win 3 games over the next 36 hours or so. And they'll be doing it without their two best starting pitchers.

First up this afternoon is a rematch against Western Carolina. Clemson did a good number on the Catamounts Friday night and will look to repeat part of the performance this afternoon.

First Pitch: 12pm EST

TV/Radio: ESPNU and TigerCast

Expected Starters: Alex Eubanks? (Clemson) vs. TBA

On offense Clemson has to do better than last night. The Tigers seemed a bit tentative and weren't hitting the ball too well even when they made contact. Clemson will be seeing Western Carolina's 3rd or 4th starter and should be able to get a few hits. Clemson will also get to face a tired bullpen if they manage to knock out Western Carolina's starter

Pitching wise, it seems like Alex Eubanks will get the start though there has been some talk about Pat Krall starting. If that is a serious consideration I feel like Eubanks is the best option for this afternoon and then Krall can ideally be used against Oklahoma State tonight or brought in for relief against the Catamounts if it is needed.

Clemson will have to be careful of Brett Pope today. The shortstop had an outstanding first game against Clemson going 4-5 with a few RBIs. First baseman Matt Smith also did well against Clemson with 2 runs and 2 RBIs along with 3B Caleb Robinson who was 2-4 and had 4 RBIs plus a run himself. Clemson getting into a slugfest isn't ideal today, but it could happen if the pitching and defense doesn't do well.

Oh and can we actually field the ball well for once? Pretty please?