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Jan 24, 2024

Tigers Begin 2024 Spring Training

By: Brian Hennessy

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CLEMSON, S.C. – The Tigers begin their 127th season of baseball with their first full-squad training this weekend before they open the season with a three-game series against Xavier at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from Feb. 16-18.

Erik Bakich is in his second season as head coach at Clemson, as he led the Tigers to the 2023 ACC championship in his first season at the helm of the program. It was Clemson’s first ACC title since 2016 and was a big reason it earned the No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, the first time they hosted a regional since 2018 and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2019.

Among the returnees is preseason All-America outfielder Cam Cannarella, who was named ACC Freshman-of-the-Year in 2023 thanks to hitting .388 with seven homers, 47 RBIs, 72 runs, a .462 on-base percentage and 24 steals. Junior outfielder Will Taylor hit .362 with five homers, 46 RBIs, 67 runs, a .489 on-base percentage and 11 steals in 2023.

Junior righty Austin Gordon led the 2023 team in innings pitched (84.0) and had 76 strikeouts against only 22 walks along with a 4.61 ERA in 16 starts. Senior righthander Nick Clayton had an 8-0 record and a 3.17 ERA in 24 relief appearances in 2023.

The 2024 schedule features 34 home games and 25 games against 2023 NCAA Tournament teams. Clemson plays Presbyterian and USC Upstate at Fluor Field in Greenville and South Carolina three times, including a neutral-site game at Segra Park in Columbia. The ACC Tournament returns to Charlotte, N.C. for the third time overall and first time since 2022.

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