After a pandemic shortened 2020, the Clemson Tigers baseball team will be back in action to start off 2021 with a three game series against the Cincinnati Bearcats. So, what is there to know about the Bearcats?
Well, like most sports in the the Porkopolis (this is an actual nickname for Cincinnati that is on their Wikipedia), there isn’t a whole
lot of outstanding history to point to for Cincy baseball. The 2019 Cats made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in forty-five seasons after winning the AAC. The Bearcats finished 2020 7-8, losing their final game at Indiana.
Cincy is led by senior infielder Wyatt Stapp. Prior to the close of last year’s season, Stapp was hitting .283 with 13 hits. In 2019 he went .294 with 69 hits and 35 runs.
The Tigers will be short a few players on opening weekend. Catcher Adam Hackenberg, pitcher Keyshawn Askew, infielder Sam Hall, and outfielder Kier Meredith will all be unavailable. The Tigers will send out RHP Davis Sharpe on Friday, RHP Ty Olenchuck on Saturday, and lefty Caden Grice on Sunday.
All games can be seen on ACC Network Extra on the ESPN App. Radio broadcast will be available on WCCP FM locally along with online streaming on ClemsonTigers.com. First pitch Friday is 4:00 PM, 3:00 PM Saturday, and 1:00 PM on Sunday. Limited tickets that were made available for this weekend have all sold out.