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Clemson baseball looking for resurgence as postseason approaches

Matt Mynes, Asst. Photo Editor

Clemson center fielder Dylan Brewer (3) at bat against South Carolina in Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 6, 2022. 

After starting a season 14-0 for the first time since 1992, Clemson baseball has come back down to earth, going 12-14 over the next 26 games. Still, the team has begun a resurgence ahead of the playoffs.
Since Notre Dame’s 3-0 sweep of the Tigers, Clemson has won seven of nine games.
In the nine-game stretch, the team won its first two ACC series, taking two out of three games against both Wake Forest and No. 9 Florida State.
Clemson also defeated No. 14 Georgia on April 19, completing the season sweep over the Bulldogs.
“We know where we’re at and what we got to do,” said head coach Monte Lee following Sunday’s game against Florida State. “We’re trying to do everything we can to just win series right now.”
With four weeks left in the regular season, Clemson (26-14) currently sits at sixth in the Atlantic division with series against Louisville, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Boston College still on the schedule.
The Tigers have time to keep building off their recent hot stretch and find ways to return to their early season form as postseason play approaches.
Through 40 games this season the Tigers are hitting .273 as a team, 11th in the ACC. Their slugging percentage of .458 is 10th in the conference and their on-base percentage of .382 is good for ninth.
As far as individual performances go on offense, third baseman Max Wagner, outfielder Cooper Ingle and shortstop Benjamin Blackwell have all turned in quality performances thus far.
Wagner is hitting .366 with 17 home runs, third in the ACC and 47 RBI. Wagner’s 1.345 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) currently sits at first in the conference.
After tallying six home runs over a five-game stretch, Wagner was awarded with ACC and national player of the week honors on April 25.
“I’m just trying to hit the ball hard, swinging at strikes,” Wagner said when speaking on his recent hot streak. “Just trying to keep following along with that.”
Aside from Wagner, Ingle is batting .348 with five home runs and 29 RBIs. Blackwell is hitting .345 with three home runs and 24 RBIs.
On the pitching side, Clemson has been in the middle of the pack in the ACC so far this season. Clemson holds an earned run average (ERA) of 4.21, sixth in the ACC, and opponents are hitting .248 against the Tigers’ pitchers.
For Clemson’s starting pitching rotation, right hander Mack Anglin has been the team’s ace all season long. After starting the year hot, Anglin holds an ERA of 3.24 with 52 strikeouts across 50 innings pitched. As the season progressed, however, Anglin’s hot-streak has cooled off and he has now walked 34 batters this season, the most in the ACC.
Out of the bullpen, Casey Tallent and Jackson Lindley have produced well in high-leverage, late game situations. Tallent has a 2.37 ERA across 19 innings with 20 strikeouts, while Lindley has 25 strikeouts and a 3.04 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched.
Statistics and records acquired on April 25. 
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