Clemson (15-14, 9-9) @ #25 Miami (18-11, 10-10)
Friday- 7:00 PM ACCN
Saturday- 6:00 PM ACCNX
Sunday- 12:00 PM ACCN
After a rough week, Clemson goes into a tough series with a ranked Miami team looking for anything to help in the grind to make the NCAA tournament. Last weekend’s series with Virginia started off well enough with a Friday 6-1 victory. Unfortunately the Cavs out slugged the Tigers 8-4 Saturday night, and the UVA eeked out a comeback, 6-5 win over the Tigers to take the series. Tuesday’s matchup with Monte Lee’s old College of Charleston club was an absolute disaster as the Cougs ripped through Clemson 13-6 in a rain soaked outing.
Miami, itself, also finds itself in a bit of a dip in the season. The Canes winning streak was halted last week at the hands of a red hot Pitt team in the Steel City, who very handily were disposed Miami. Miami did have a bounce back win with a 3-2 home walk off against Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
Catcher Adrian Del Castillo leads the offensive charge for Miami. The 305 product is batting .365 and has been named to the midseason Golden Spikes award watch list. Del Castillo comes in with a .312 batting average with thirty four hits, three home runs, and twenty three RBIs.
Friday night Clemson will send righty Mack Anglin (1-1, 2.18 ERA) to the mound to face off with Canes’ right Alejandro Rosario. On Saturday, the Tigers once again will bring out the long lefty Keshawn Askew (1-0, 2.84 ERA) in a matchup with RHP Jordan Dubberly. Monte Lee and company will certainly hope to get more long innings from Askew. Sunday’s finale will feature Tigers’ righty Nick Hoffman (3-0, 4.85 ERA) and Miami’s Jake Garland.
At 9-9 in conference play, Clemson remains at fourth behind FSU, Notre Dame, and Louisville in the Atlantic Division. The Noles will host Atlantic foe Boston College this weekend. The Fighting Irish, who are playing great baseball, look to keep it going as NC State comes to town. Louisville will head to Charlottesville, Virginia for a date with those pesky Wahoos of UVA.