#10 Clemson (32-17, 14-10 ACC) at Virginia Tech (29-16, 11-12 ACC).
Friday - 4:00 PM (ACCNX)
Saturday - 7:00 PM (ACC Network)
Sunday - 3:00 PM (ACC Network)
After a big win at Coastal Carolina, the Tigers continue their road trip by heading to Blacksburg for a three game tilt with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are sixth in the ACC Coastal with an 11-12 conference record, but at 21-7 at home, they are a tough out at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.
The Hokies are coming off an explosive mid-week win of their own, a 14-1 run rule beatdown of Liberty in Lynchburg. Last weekend, the Hokies took the first two games of their series with Bowling Green before Sunday’s game was cancelled.
For Clemson, this series is about keeping the beat going and establishing themselves as a top 16 team. The Hokies are #47 in the RPI. A series win here is another feather in the Tigers’ cap, especially with it being on the road. Clemson feels comfortably in the NCAA tournament now, but these next few games provide a chance to solidify a spot as a regional host.
The Tigers are going with their usual rotation of Ethan Darden tonight, Austin Gordon on Saturday, and Caden Grice on Sunday. Virginia Tech has yet to announce their pitchers for the series. At some point, expect to see Anthony Arguelles get the start for the Hokies. Arguelles hasn’t allowed an earned run in 18.1 innings. Over the past two weekends, Arguelles shut out North Carolina through seven and one-third innings pitched on April 28 and set a new NCAA Division I career high in strikeouts (nine) on May 6 against Bowling Green.
Friday’s game has been moved up to 4pm to try to beat the rain. It looks like Blacksburg will be rainy all day Saturday, so as always, be prepared for time changes. Sunday looks like a great afternoon for baseball.