After having the week off for finals, Clemson Baseball (27-18, 12-12) looks to build off last weekend's comeback win in the series finale over Georgia Tech. The Tigers currently sit at #35 in RPI and will get a break from ACC play, as they face Gardner Webb (19-22) in a two game, home and home series.
Saturday's game at Doug Kingsmore was originally scheduled for 3pm, but has now been moved to 11am due to the threat of inclement weather. Issac Campbell (2-3 5.01 ERA 1.48 WHIP) gets the start for the Bulldogs and will face off with Davis Sharpe (5-3, 2.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP).
Sunday's game will be held at 2pm in Keeter Stadium, in Shelby NC, home of the American Legion World Series, and will be the first time Gardner Webb has hosted a P5 team since 2011 (also Clemson). Landon Mitchell (5-4, 4.30 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) will start for the Bulldogs and Jacob Hennessy (3-0 4.20 ERA 1.20 WHIP) will get the nod for the Tigers.
Clemson will be without two of its keys pieces in the bullpen this weekend. Holt Jones and Sam Weatherly have both been suspended 4 games by the NCAA due to their ejections against Ga Tech last Sunday. Monte Lee will also serve a 1 game suspension for his ejection as well.
With two midweek games next week, both pitchers will be back in time for next weekend's ACC series in Raleigh vs North Carolina State. Maybe the extra time off ends up being a "blessing in disguise," and the extra rest gets both guys reenergized for the stretch run.
With the Bulldogs team ERA of 6.14, this should be a team the Clemson bats can keep it going against. Despite losing two out of three last weekend in Atlanta, it wasn't the bats that were the issue. The team scored plenty of runs but it was the pitching that wasn't able to hold up, as no starter made it out of the fifth, leading to the bullpen to have to throw more innings than they'd typically been throwing most weekends. If the starters can't go any deeper this weekend, it will be imperative for someone else to step up similar to what we saw with Travis Marr last Sunday vs Ga Tech.
Saturday's game can be seen on ACC Network Extra via Watch ESPN, but Sunday's game will be radio only. Radio broadcasts can be heard on 105.5 WCCP locally or via the Tune In Radio App, as well as ClemsonTigers.com online.