Clemson Baseball and Softball look for fast starts on Easter weekend

After both midweek games were washed out, the Tigers will get an early start on both diamonds with Thursday Game 1s.
Clemson sophomore Blake Wright (8) during practice at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson sophomore Blake Wright (8) during practice at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Both Clemson Baseball and Softball are preparing to start their weekend series early due to the Easter holiday.

Baseball is visiting Coral Gables, Florida for a 3-game series against the Miami Hurricanes. The first pitch is tonight at 7:00 PM.

The Tigers will have some changes in their starting pitchers due to injuries. Matthew Marchal will be starting for the Tigers on Thursday. Ethan Darden will pitch Friday and Aidan Knaak will start Saturday.

Pitcher Tristan Smith is dealing with an ankle injury which will likely keep him out of the starting lineup for at least this weekend, possibly more.

Clemson is coming off a thrilling series sweep of the previously undefeated Florida State Seminoles. All three games involved comebacks by the Tigers, highlighted by 8 runs scored in the bottom of the 9th inning on Saturday to give Clemson the 9-8 victory.

The Tigers are now ranked 3rd nationally by D1Baseball and 2nd by both Baseball America and Perfect Game USA. Blake Wright has won multiple weekly honors for his series performance, which included two grand slams to power Clemson comebacks.

Miami is coming off a series loss against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They are 5-4 in the ACC and 15-10 overall.

Softball will be hosting the Boston College Eagles at McWhorter Stadium. Game 1 will be this evening at 5:00 PM.

The Tigers are coming off a series loss at the Virginia Cavaliers. After an absence due to illness, Valerie Cagle returned and should be at full speed this weekend. The Tigers’ pitching staff has been strong of late, with Brooke McCubbin and Regan Spencer putting in strong performances alongside Cagle and Millie Thompson.

The mid-week games for both teams were canceled due to inclement weather. Baseball was to face a ranked Coastal Carolina squad, and Softball would have played Georgia State.