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Crownover, Clemson Enter Postseason With Confidence Building
Clemson has built up a considerable amount of momentum entering postseason play, as the Tigers streak of eight wins in 10 contests includes an impressive 7-2 win over future first round pick Kyle Funkhouser and Louisville on Thursday in Durham. But Jack Leggett’s ball club is no stranger to success and the 16-13 conference record the Tigers posted in the regular season, despite the difficulty of finishing above .500 in the ACC, was expected from Clemson this year. The Tigers are undoubtedly playing their best baseball at season’s end and the three-game sweep of eighth-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee on May 14-16 showcases that fact. Clemson’s baseball program is the seventh-winningest program in the country in the nearly 22 years since Jack Leggett has been the coach and the Tigers are one of only 14 programs to have gone to the NCAA Tournament every year from 2009-14, a statistic that is likely to improve in the coming weeks. Clemson showcases the conference’s best arm in ACC Pitcher of the Year Matthew Crownover, a junior southpaw that has posted numbers to rival the nation’s most talented arms. The Tigers’ 32-26 record doesn’t completely reveal the high talent level of the 2015 version of Clemson baseball, as the team has the potential to turn heads on the road to the College World Series.
Here are two reasons why you will see Clemson back in Omaha for the first time since 2010:
One through five in the Tigers’ lineup hit .325 in the regular season
The ACC’s best pitcher headlines Clemson’s rotation
Catch Clemson’s final game of the ACC Tournament Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. versus North Carolina. Follow @ACCBaseball on Twitter for tournament updates leading up to Sunday’s championship game.