CLEMSON – Just the facts, man, on the inauspicious nature of this now-completed 10-game homestand (and wait’ll you see the overall body of work at home in 2015):
Forget messing with ranked opponents; seven of these ten games were against opponents not currently in College Sports Madness’ projected NCAA field of 64.
And yet, all Clemson could muster was a 4-6 record.
Take out the 2-1 weekend vs. North Carolina, and that’s five losses in seven whacks at Wake Forest, Furman, Presbyterian, Georgia and (gulp) Charleston Southern.
CSU was 0-17 against Clemson all-time. Was. The Buccaneers overcame a 3-2 deficit in the ninth inning, winning 4-3 in extras Wednesday night.
Clemson is now 3-6 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Those are nights major-conference teams – especially those perennially built to compete for College World Series trips – are supposed to win on the regular.
This might be the most sickening stat of all, if you’re a Clemson fan: yes, the Tigers won two of three over South Carolina, which always counts as brownie points. But Clemson is 2-5 against all other in-state programs, with wins over Wofford and Furman but losses to Winthrop, Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian and Charleston Southern.
The Tigers have been displaced from their normal digs while the player development center continues its ongoing construction. Life hasn’t been normal for Clemson players, but the program spends more than half a million dollars annually on gameday operational expenses according to Equity in Athletics Data Analytics. The Tigers are getting beat by programs that barely spend a fifth of that each year on baseball.
(The 2014 numbers: Clemson - $515,492 ... Coastal Carolina - $383,321 ... Presbyterian - $140,980 ... Charleston Southern - $131,128 ... Winthrop - $118,781.)
Finally: Clemson is 45-for-45 in winning records at home in Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Other than an 8-7 mark in 1973, Clemson has never failed to win fewer than 58 percent of its home games in any season, and all-time entered the year with a 79.3 winning percentage (1092-285) at the Doug.
Clemson is 8-11 at home this year. With 12 games left – including three each with Duke and Louisville – Clemson would need at least an 8-4 record to avoid the first losing home-field record in Doug Kingsmore Stadium history.
On the bright side, Clemson is 5-4 on the road, and the Tigers travel to Boston College for a 3-game set this weekend. On the not-so-bright side, the following five games are back at home.