Clemson (22-18, 15-12) vs Georgia Tech (21-18, 15-12)
- Friday 6:00pm ACCNX
- Saturday 1:00pm RSN
- Sunday 1:00pm RSN
College baseball is a funny game. A few weeks ago, I was ready to tap out on the season, thinking Clemson didn’t have much in the tank. But now, Clemson has swept back-to-back ACC series, including an absolutely huge series sweep of top-10 Louisville. They also got revenge on a scrappy USC Upstate club on Wednesday who had shown up the Tigers early in the season, by beating the Spartans 9-2.
So what do we have now? A date with those pesky Jackets from Midtown Atlanta. That’s right folks, it’s Tech weekend. Grab yourself some onion rings and a frosted orange from the Varsity and buckle in.
Georgia Tech started out the season very well, comfortably sitting in the top 15 in most polls, but they’ve has slipped a bit. The Jackets last ACC series saw them drop two of three against Florida State at home. Tech followed that up last week by losing two of three at home to the Kennesaw State Owls. For those unfamiliar with Kennesaw State, it is a fairly large, mostly commuter school in metro Atlanta that has taken advantage of the plethora of football and baseball talent in Georgia to become a bit of a powerhouse in FCS football and making a baseball Super Regional appearance back in 2014.
Sandwiched between those series losses was a win over UGA in Athens. Georgia Tech is 1-0 against the Dawgs squad that swept Clemson, with game two coming up later in May. Despite the slide, Georgia Tech still sits at second in the Coastal division behind Pitt.
Freshman catcher Kevin Parada is the focal point of Georgia Tech’s lineup, hitting .335 with five homers. On Friday night, Clemson’s Mac Anglin will face Tech Lefty Brant Hurter. Keyshawn Askew heads to the mound for Clemson on Saturday, facing righty Andy Archer. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for Sunday.
It looks to be great weather in the ATL, with highs in the 60’s and 70’s and little to no chance of rain, and tickets are on sale. The Tigers and Jackets did not get to play last season, but in 2019 the Jackets took two of three in Atlanta from Clemson. The series dates back to 1902, with Clemson holding a slight 115-111-3 lead all time.