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Baseball Series Preview: Clemson Hosts Virginia

A hot Tigers team take on the struggling Wahoos in a nationally televised series.

Maryland v Virginia Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Clemson vs UVA: Game 1 April 9, 3:00 PM ACCNX, Game 2 April 10 7:00 PM ACCN, Game 3 April 11 1:00 PM ESPN2.

As much of the nation turns it eyes to Augusta National Golf Course for the Spring return of the Masters, Clemson baseball hopes to continue their hot streak in ACC play. After winning three straight conference series, the Tigers enter fourth in the ACC Atlantic with an 8-7 conference record. The Virginia Cavaliers, a traditional power in the ACC, and having a bit harder time. The Cavs come in at 14-14 overall and a 6-12 conference record. Like the Tigers, UVA has had a bit good fortune lately, as they are rolling in on a three game win streak, which included taking the last two games in a series win last weekend against a very good Georgia Tech team and getting a walk off home win in an twelve inning thriller Tuesday night against William and Mary.

The Wahoos Friday starter is Griff McGary, who rolls in with an 0-4 record on the year. Saturday UVA will probably throw lefty Andrew Abbott (3-4), and end the series on Sunday with right hander Mike Vasil (4-2). Third baseman Zach Gelof went 3-6 on Tuesday and had the walk off sac fly to give the Cavs the win of W&M.

The Tigers sit behind FSU at the four spot in the ACC Atlantic Division standings, while UVA is down at sixth on the Coastal side. This is a big series for Clemson, as winning the series, and especially sweeping the series could jostle the Atlantic standings a bit. Division leader Louisville puts their 10-4 conference record up at home against FSU, who’s coming in at 10-8. Second place Notre Dame hosts #14 ranked Georgia Tech as well. It certainly will be worth keeping an eye on the other conference action this weekend.