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Spring Sports Update: Tiger baseball, golf having impressive seasons

The crux of the spring sports season has arrived, with the Clemson Tigers competing well in all facets as the postseason nears. From the Norman Track to Doug Kingsmore Stadium to the Walker Course, the Tigers are taking aim at championship glory this spring and have made it known thus far in the spring season that they continue to be one of the nation’s most diverse and skilled

athletic programs.

Standing at 23-5, the Clemson baseball team is one of the top-ranked teams in the nation, and for good reason. 

Boasting a dangerous batting order, led by reigning National Player of the Year Seth Beer, and an adept starting rotation, manned by ace Pat Krall, the Tigers are one of the deepest teams in the country and have consistently shut out opponents en route to their hot start. 

Clearly on a mission to avenge their early bow-out from last year’s NCAA Tournament, Clemson is poised to make a run at Omaha and the College World Series this time around.

Standing at 15th in the nation, the Clemson men’s golf team has proved to be outstanding thus far, having won all three of its spring tournaments. 

With first-place showings at the Puerto Rico Classic, Palmetto Invitational and Furman Invitational, the Tigers, reigning ACC champions, play well under veteran head coach Larry Penley. Led by freshman phenom Doc Redman and star senior Carson Young, the men’s golf team is playing as well as any other team in the ACC right now and shows no signs of slowing down.

As for the women’s golf team, the Tigers are performing well under first-year Head Coach Kelley Hester and showing improvements with each passing tournament. 

Recently earning a respectable fifth-place finish at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, the Tigers feature a roster that contains the ideal mixture of veterans and youngsters. 

One such youngster, sophomore Alice Hewson, has played outstanding golf this season, lending a major hand to the Tigers’ success. Having already won the UCF Challenge in February, the Tigers have developed a winning pedigree that bodes well for the remainder of the season. 

At the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center, Clemson’s tennis teams are engaging in the heart of tennis season. Although the men’s team has faltered recently, first-year Head Coach John Boetsch has them displaying gradual improvement throughout conference play. 

Senior Robert Dudley has been a valuable commodity for the Tigers, who are looking to overcome their 1-5 start to conference play by turning things around in April.

The women’s tennis team, under the leadership of veteran head coach Nancy Harris, is currently 3-5 in the ACC and in the middle of the pack. With sophomores Ayan Broomsfield and Marie Leduc playing well and quickly ascending into leadership roles for the team, the Tigers could earn a spot in the NCAAs if they continue to improve; they could also land a few players in the NCAA Individual Championships.

As for track and field, after a successful indoor season which saw the Tigers field several competitors in the NCAA

championships after a quality showing at ACCs, Clemson has transitioned to the outdoor slate, where more NCAA titles are expected to be fought for. 

Star jumpers Iana Amsterdam and Chris McBride proved to be two of the nation’s best in their respective fields during indoor season and are aiming for repeat ACC titles in outdoor. 

Star-studded distance runner Grace Barnett is aiming to follow up on her solid performances in both cross country and indoor and could very well win multiple national championships in outdoor, as the All-American is running very well

this season.

The rowing team is competing well, too,

with the Tigers placing second a few weeks ago in the prestigious Carolina Cup. 

With several four-woman and eight-woman boats proving to be among the fastest in the ACC, the Clemson rowing team should experience success down the stretch. 

With that being said, success down the stretch is a theme that all of

Clemson’s spring sports teams should be expecting to be a part of. 

With some of the most talented competitors in the ACC in their

individual crafts,as well as a multitude of experienced, proven coaches, the Tigers are well-suited to finish the regular season strong and experience plenty of postseason glory as the spring season wraps up in the coming months. 

Plenty of excitement is in store, and the Tigers are expected to be at the center of it.

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