No. 14 Clemson baseball snaps No. 2 Virginia’s 13-game ACC home winning streak

From Clemson sports information:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – Daniel Gossett pitched 7.0 strong innings to lead No. 14 Clemson to a 7-1 win over No. 2 Virginia at UVa Baseball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers (21-13, 10-6 ACC) evened the series 1-1 against the Cavaliers (29-6, 13-4 ACC), who saw their 13-game home ACC winning streak dating to 2013 come to an end. Virginia’s 16-game overall home winning streak also came to an end, as it fell to 19-2 at UVa Baseball Stadium in 2014.

Gossett (4-0) gave up just five hits, one run and three walks with four strikeouts to earn the win. Cavalier starter Josh Sborz (3-2) suffered the loss despite taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. It marked just the third time in its 35 games in 2014 that Virginia allowed more than four runs in a game.

The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by run-scoring singles by Tyler Krieger and Garrett Boulware. Clemson added four runs in the seventh inning, capped by Boulware’s two-run homer to left field, his third long ball of the year.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

HIT THE LINKS: The month of coverage leading up to the Orange and White Spring Game

Death Valley

BY AARON BRENNER
abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON — Really, it’s all about the weather.

Spring games when it’s rainy and mucky out, um, stink. No fun. For anybody.

Today, the weather certainly cooperated in the south, which means fans can get a free taste of fall today at Memorial Stadium for Clemson’s annual spring game and use it as an excuse to grab a suntan. The scrimmage will take place at 4 p.m. and is televised by ESPNU.

Clemson joins South Carolina and 45 other schools around the country (per College PressBox) in unveiling their teams to the public today. As far as the Tigers are concerned, it’s Cole Stoudt’s and Chad Kelly’s one and only chance to make a lasting impression on the public, and you just know their every throw, scramble and swig of Gatorade will be scrutinized for the next four months and change.

No pressure, guys.

Let’s get to some links. First off, the Five Things To Watch at Clemson’s Spring Game.

MARCH 4 – Four Tigers, including starter Crawford, suspended for 2014 opener at Georgia

MARCH 5 - Opening Statements: Dabo Swinney previews spring practices, QB battle

MARCH 5 - Patience makes perfect: open season for Clemson QB battle on first day of spring practice

MARCH 10 - Two Tigers veterans claim Clemson is capable of becoming nation’s No. 1 defense

MARCH 12 - Beasley, Anthony glad to be back; Clemson’s Venables won’t let senioritis set in

MARCH 15 - Backs to the front: Race to replace Roderick McDowell is on for Clemson RBs

MARCH 28 - Clemson’s future star receiver could be Demarre Kitt, Kyrin Priester or Artavis Scott

APRIL 4 - Former Porter-Gaud star Stanton Seckinger raises the bar for himself at Clemson

SUNDAY - Clemson’s returning veterans know defense wins championships

TUESDAY - Clemson quarterbacks play full-contact; Deshaun Watson (collarbone) a casualty

WEDNESDAY - Clemson’s Vic Beasley welcomes double-team treatment

WEDNESDAY - ESPN, Steele: Clemson projected to start No. 16 in AP ranks

THURSDAY - Answers sought along Clemson’s “undisciplined and inconsistent” offensive line

FRIDAY - Venables disgruntled with defensive line’s ‘lack of leadership’ to close Clemson spring practices

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ESPN, Steele: Clemson projected to start No. 16 in AP ranks

BY AARON BRENNER
abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON – It’s not really an insult to insinuate Clemson won’t start the 2014 football season in the top ten just because that’s where the Tigers finished in 2013.

No Tajh Boyd, no Sammy Watkins, no reason for national pollsters to believe from the get-go Clemson’s an automatic national title contender. By no means does that mean Clemson won’t be; it’s just the Tigers will have to prove their mettle (and two of their first three games, at Georgia and at Florida State, provide wonderful tests.)

With that in mind, college football preseason magazine guru Phil Steele released his projected Associated Press top 25 on ESPN.com Wednesday for when the season opens. He ranks Clemson No. 16 to start the year.

Wrote Steele, “The Tigers are coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons, highlighted by their No. 8 finish last year after the Orange Bowl win over Ohio State. They do suffer massive losses at the skill positions (quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins), but they are not short on young talent.”

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You, again: Clemson baseball schedules 1-gamer with Liberty

BY AARON BRENNER
abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON – Looking to replace a rained-out game vs. Maryland two weekends ago, and beef up the non-conference slate, Clemson announced Tuesday a newly-scheduled game with Liberty at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Liberty’s an all-too-familiar face: the Flames (25-8) knocked off Clemson (20-11) twice 8-3 and 3-1 in last spring’s NCAA regional at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C., ending the Tigers’ season. Liberty is coached by Jim Moran, who previously served 11 years on Ray Tanner’s staff at South Carolina. Clemson is 2-5 all-time against Liberty.

Tickets are available on ClemsonTigers.com for free by filling out an online form, or for $5 via general admission.

The No. 14-ranked Tigers are facing off with Georgia this evening, before a 3-game ACC series at No. 2 Virginia this coming weekend.

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Deshaun Watson (collarbone) out 3 weeks, will miss spring game

BY AARON BRENNER
abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON – It’s going to be quite a longer wait for fans to get their first look at true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson in a Clemson uniform.

Watson, a 5-star prospect who enrolled early in January, suffered a slight crack in his collarbone at the end of Monday’s scrimmage at the indoor facility, which will keep him out of uniform three weeks.

That means Saturday’s spring game will feature senior Cole Stoudt and sophomore Chad Kelly, with a dash of walk-on Nick Schuessler, at the controls of Clemson’s offense.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney wasn’t even aware of Watson’s injury until after the scrimmage when media asked him questions about it. Other players had mentioned Watson was holding his wrist on the way out of practice.

“This is a shame because he was having an outstanding spring,” Swinney said. “Fortunately, this is not a serious injury. I hate that he will miss the Spring Game; I know a lot of people were anxious to see him make his debut in Death Valley.

“But he will be fine by the time summer workouts start again in May. He does not require surgery.”

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