There is something special in these hills and that was on full display this weekend as Clemson athletics had its best weekend ever.
Clemson baseball, Clemson softball, Men’s basketball, and Women’s basketball all had home games this weekend and of the nine games possible, Clemson won eight of them including a big win for Men’s basketball over #5 Louisville Saturday afternoon.
Baseball had its opening weekend as they welcomed Liberty to town for a three-game set and swept Liberty 5-3, 1-0 and 6-2 over their three games to start the season 3-0. It’s important for baseball to win these early seasons out of conference games as they find out who they are and who they can rely on before they get into conference play.
Clemson softball continues to amaze as they swept all four games they had on the schedule over the weekend. They hosted both Maryland and Michigan State as part of the Big 10 /ACC challenge beating Maryland a combined a 26-3 and Michigan State a combined 10-5. They have now won five straight and are 7-4 in their inaugural season.
Men’s basketball continues its roller-coaster season as they beat #5 Louisville Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers now have two top 5 wins over teams in the AP this season at home for the first time since the 1974-1975 season. Yet, they more than likely won’t sniff the postseason unless they accept a bid to the NIT.
Women’s basketball was the lone team to not win their home game(s) this weekend as they lost to Miami 63-48 Sunday afternoon. They are now 7-19 overall and 3-12 in the ACC under second-year coach Amanda Butler who lead the Tigers to a 20-13 record in year number one. They have lost eight in a row and have just three remaining games.
Overall, this was the best weekend Clemson has had in quite some time. This spring should be a lot of fun with baseball and softball and who knows, maybe Men’s basketball is getting hot at the right time and can win the ACC basketball tournament to steal the ACC automatic bid. Stranger things have happened.