Clemson was looking to keep their unbeaten record in May in tact Wednesday night as they hook on the High Point Panthers. The Tigers turned to Sophomore right hander Clate Schmidt to keep the streak alive, and he did not disappoint. A third inning sacrifice fly from Garrett Boulware plated Steven Duggar for the Tigers, and that was all the run support Schmidt needed, as he went 6.0 innings, giving up just 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 3. From there, the bullpen did the rest, tossing 3 hitless innings en route to saving the shut out and victory for Schmidt (5-6).
The Tigers (30-19, 12-11 ACC) have been hot of late, winning 5 in a row and eyeing a date in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. With just 7 games now remaining in the regular season, a hot finish would be exactly what the Tigers are looking for before they enter postseason play.
The shut out is just the Tigers’ third of the season, with all three coming in the last three weeks of the season, perhaps a sign that the pitching staff is clicking at just the right time.
Clemson compiled 7 hits in the Wednesday night contest, with Senior Shane Kennedy and Freshman Eli White collecting 2 hits apiece.
What’s On Deck?
Clemson will travel to South Bend, IN this weekend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-30, 4-20) in a three game series. Notre Dame has struggled mightily in their first season in the ACC, going just 4-20 thus far in conference play. The Tigers will send Sophomore lefty Matthew Crownover to the bump in the series opener Friday night while the Irish will oppose with right hander Pat Connaughton.
Clemson has a tremendous opportunity to take three games in South Bend and continue their perfect month of May. The 5 game winning streak the Tigers are currently riding is their third longest of the season, with two separate 6 game streaks coming earlier in the season. A sweep of the Irish would raise the winning streak to 8 games.
First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 7:30 pm. The game can be seen on ESPNU.