CLEMSON - Now that's more like it.
After a series victory to open ACC action against Virginia Tech, here's where No. 15 Clemson goes from here:
Wednesday vs. Appalachian State, 6:30 p.m.
Friday at Wake Forest, 6 p.m.
Saturday at Wake Forest, 4 p.m.
Sunday at Wake Forest, 1 p.m.
After scuffling through a four-game losing streak, No. 15 Clemson started off its ACC slate in ideal fashion with a three-game sweep of visiting Virginia Tech, culminating with Sunday's 11-4 victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
After outscoring their guests 30-12 in three days, the Tigers (9-5, 3-0 ACC) have now defeated the Hokies (6-7, 0-3) 17 straight times in Clemson going back to 1984.
To clinch the sweep, Clemson pounded out 16 hits, including three each from Garrett Boulware (who smacked his first homer), Chris Okey (four RBIs) and Tyler Slaton.
Clemson starter Jake Long was chased in the midst of Virginia Tech's four-run fourth inning, but reliever Clate Schmidt stemmed the tide with four innings of one-run ball for his second pitching victory.
Four different Tigers homered this weekend; Clemson had just two home runs in 11 games entering the series.
Clemson was one of three ACC teams to open conference action with a sweep, joining N.C. State and Miami. The Tigers host Appalachian State Wednesday night in a non-conference game before traveling to Wake Forest (11-5, 2-1) for a three-game set starting Friday evening.
No. 6 seed for hoops
A complicated tiebreaker system left Clemson's men's basketball team wondering where it would fall on the ACC tournament bracket until the conclusion of Syracuse-Florida State today.
With the Orange's victory, the Tigers (19-11, 10-8 ACC) have been assigned the No. 6 seed, and will open tournament play in the second round Thursday at 9 p.m. against Wednesday's winner of No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-22, 4-13) in a game televised by ESPNU.
That's good news for the Tigers, if this regular season's track record holds any significant indication. Clemson won at BC 62-60 on Jan. 4, and swept the Yellow Jackets with a 45-41 home win Feb. 4 and 63-55 road win Feb. 22.
Clemson is 7-8 against teams with at least 17 victories to this point, and 12-3 against teams who haven't reached that ledger.
Should Clemson advance to Friday's quarterfinals, they would face off against No. 4 Duke (24-7, 13-5), who the Tigers defeated 72-59 at Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan. 11. Clemson is 30-104 all-time against the Blue Devils, and has only beaten Duke twice in one season four times (1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1994-95.)
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