The freight train that is Clemson softball continues to wreak havoc on their opponents early in the 2023 season.
Clemson (25-1, 3-0) started off the week with a perfect game from superstar Valerie Cagle in an 18-0 defeat of Mercer on Wednesday and followed that up with two wins on Friday, 10-1 over Bryant and 3-1 over UNC-Greensboro.
Saturday’s two games brought more of the same as the Tigers exploded for nine runs in the first inning against Jacksonville and then cruised the rest of the way behind a complete game shutout from Brooke McCubbin (3-0) and home runs from McKenzie Clark and Ansley Houston in a 9-0 run-rule 5 inning game.
Saturday’s second game was more competitive, with Cagle earning her 10th win of the season in the circle, as the Clemson earned a 6-1 win over UNC-Greensboro.
Clemson has posted some gaudy stats through the first 26 games, including a team batting average of .372, on base percentage of .453 and slugging of .619.
Cagle is batting an incredible .525 with 8 home runs and 25 RBI, which becomes even more remarkable once you consider that XX of the Tigers 26 games have ended early due to the run rule.
Others batting .400 or better are McKenzie Clark and Ariel Oda both at .414, JoJo Hyatt at .405 and Reedy Davenport at .400.
As dominant as the bats have been Clemson’s pitching may be even more dominant through the first 26 games, with Cagle posting a 0.62 ERA and the aforementioned 10-1 record, Millie Thompson is 8-0 with a 0.94 ERA, Regan Spencer 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA and Brooke McCubbin is 3-0 with a 0.48 ERA.
As a staff Clemson has a 0.69 ERA and has held opponents to a .176 batting average.
Clemson softball now faces a steady diet of ACC opponents beginning next weekend
The Tigers host Charlotte on Wednesday, before the Virginia Cavaliers rolled into McWhorter Stadium next weekend for an ACC series with the games scheduled for 5:30 PM on Friday, 1:00 on Saturday and 4:00 PM on Sunday.
Twelve of the Tigers next 14 games are against ACC opponents.