Last weekend was rough for Clemson. Though Wright State is a talented team, losing 2 of 3 to them is not pretty. Clemson was able to get back to .500 with a late explosion on offense against Western Carolina, but the pitching is still a concern. This weekend Clemson will look to rebound from opening weekend with Elon coming to town.
Series- Elon (3-1) vs. Clemson (2-2)
When - Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2:30 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
Where - Clemson, S.C. (Doug Kingsmore Stadium)
Watch - ACC Network Extra
Listen - TigerCast, WCCP (105.5 FM)
Friday - RHP Ryan Conroy (ELO) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (CU)
Saturday - RHP Robbie Welhaf (ELO) vs. LHP Pat Krall (CU)
Sunday - RHP Kyle Brnovich (ELO) vs. RHP Alex Eubanks (CU)
The Phoenix’s started the season 2-1 after winning their first two games with some excellent pitching before dropping Sunday’s game 9-5. They even had the first no hitter of the season when RHP Robbie Welhaf started things off for Elon on Friday night. Though their opponent was only Longwood, it is an impressive achievement. Elon followed that up with a 10-1 beating of something called Radford.
For Clemson there are once again two goals this week. The first is to see some improvement in our starting pitching. Friday was ugly and Sunday was terrible. Saturday was certainly better, but there is room for improvement. As we’ve all said, pitching improvement is likely the key to how far this team will go in 2017.
The other question is offense. Opening weekend was certainly disheartening. The offense will need to click a little bit more just to function, and it will have to do even better if Clemson’s pitching does not improve. The Western Carolina game showed that there is the potential for offense, but even in victory it was a little inconsistent.
Oh, and can we also improve our fielding? It is unfortunate that fielding continues to be a problem. Hopefully this was just opening weekend jitters and as the season goes on the team will improve, but after the last several years something seems to be off about Clemson’s defense.
If Clemson can come out of this weekend with a series win, or ideally a sweep, things will appear a lot better for the Tigers. As always join us below in the comments to talk about the series, and if you’re in Tigertown make sure you head over to the games.