Jack Leggett has mapped out a rugged path for 2013 Tigers

Clemson will play 7 series against preseason top-30 teams, including No. 1 UNC, No. 9 NC State, No. 17 FSU, No. 28 Miami on the road

Clemson's Steve Wilkerson tags out North Carolina's Tommy Coyle on an attempted steal to turn a double play after Jacob Stallings struck out in the third inning Saturday.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson's Steve Wilkerson tags out North Carolina's Tommy Coyle on an attempted steal to turn a double play after Jacob Stallings struck out in the third inning Saturday.

Nothing will come easy for the Clemson baseball team this season.

Coach Jack Leggett made sure of that when he arranged the Tigers' 2013 schedule.

The Tigers - a team that will be comprised heavily of sophomores and freshmen - will take some of the nation's best teams and players during a season that spans four months.

Three early rotating site games against preseason No. 7 South Carolina sets the tone for an ACC schedule that includes three-game series against six teams ranked in the top 28 of the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll.

Clemson's ACC road schedule is especially rugged. The Tigers will kick off conference play with a road trip to N.C. State, which is ranked ninth by Perfect Game and features a pair of first-team All-Americans in lefthanded pitcher Carlos Rodon and shortstop Trea Turner.

The Tigers will open their home ACC schedule against Virginia, which has swept Clemson in each of the past two seasons and holds a 20-4 edge against the Tigers since 2004.

Then, after a home series against Duke, it's off to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina - Perfect Game's preseason No. 1 team and Collegiate Baseball's pick for No. 2.

Clemson will travel to Boston for a mid-season series against BC, and then will conclude the road half of its conference schedule with series at Miami (No. 28) and Florida State (No. 19).

At home, the Tigers will also play preseason No. 12 Georgia Tech, as well as Maryland and Wake Forest.

Clemson will play non-conference home series against William & Mary (3), Wright State (3), Morehead State (2) and Georgia Southern (3), as well as home-and-homes against Furman, Western Carolina and Georgia.

The Tigers have single home games against Winthrop, Wofford, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and USC Upstate.

Missing from this year's schedule are match-ups against familiar opponents Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston and Elon.

Among the preseason All-Americans the Tigers will face this season, in addition to N.C. State's first-teamers Rodon and Turner, are second-teamers Buck Farmer of Georgia Tech, Ken Emmanuel of North Carolina, and Grayson Greiner of South Carolina, and third-team picks Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton of Florida State, Colin Moran of UNC, Brandon Thomas of Georgia Tech, Jordan Montgomery, Tyler Webb and Colby Holmes of South Carolina, and Preston Hatcher of Western Carolina.

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