Inside Clemson Baseball: Weekend matchup between NCAA regional bubble teams

Baseball - Jack Leggett

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Baseball - Jack Leggett

Three national seeds – four hosts seem to be the consensus among college baseball sites for the ACC currently, despite having seven teams in the RPI top 14.

Both Baseball America and SEBaseball have UNC, Virginia and N.C. State among the top-8 teams with a chance to host two rounds of the NCAA tourney, and Florida State grabbing the last host spot.

BA has Georgia Tech (27-14), Clemson (27-13) and Miami (27-16), with Arkansas (27-15) and Mississippi (30-12) out in the cold, while South Carolina (31-11) and Louisville (30-10) are on the bubble-in for hosting.

With time ticking on the season (three ACC series left), the Tigers’ weekend series with Georgia Tech at Doug Kingsmore could knock one of the two out of the regional running.

SEBaseball sends Clemson to the Louisville regional in its projections, while Georgia Tech heads to Oregon.

Both sites have Virginia Tech slipping in the field, in addition to Miami.

Diving into the stats…

Checking in with Seldom Used Reserve’s advanced stats, sophomore righty Daniel Gossett continues to impress.

The Byrnes product’s seven shutout innings, with 10 strikeouts, against Miami improved his opposing batting average to .218 (.216 v. RHB; .220 v. LHB) and upped his team-high strikeout rate (among starters) to 22.59. In an oddity, SUR notes that after his 10 Ks – Clemson pitching didn’t strike out another batter the rest of the series (80 batters).

Right-handed reliever Matt Campbell is now sporting a 0.97 WHIP against righty batters, with a .171 opposing average with 15 strikeouts to four walks. Lefty reliever Zack Erwin holds a .226 average versus righties and .140 against lefties (0.87 WHIP). RHP Patrick Andrews has a 0.39 WHIP vs. left-handers.

With three runs in the last three games, the Clemson bats were the story over the weekend as the 11-game winning streak was snapped.

The Tigers slipped to .270 hitting as a team, but against the all-lefty rotation, moved to .257 against LHP.

Clemson’s power-hitting catcher Garrett Boulware entered April with a team-leading .347 average, but after a 5-for-29 run at the plate, is hitting .303 with a single RBI in the last seven games.

Left-handed bat LF Tyler Slaton is atop the Tigers with a .324 average, hitting .380 against lefties. Third baseman/designated hitter Shane Kennedy bats a team-best .347 against RHP, while behind Boulware (22), first baseman Jon McGibbon has the second-most RBIs versus righties (14).

Second baseman Steve Wilkerson is only other Tiger regular hitting over .300 (.304) against lefties, while four are hitting .235 or worse (Jay Baum, Tyler Krieger, Thomas Brittle, McGibbon).

Jack Leggett’s club hasn’t had much power period (13 HRs), but just three have come against LHP – two by Boulware in 68 at-bats and one more in 582 at-bats (Kennedy).

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