On Sunday afternoon, Clemson put the finishing touches on their first conference series of the season with a 4-0 victory over Notre Dame. The win allowed for the Tigers to sweep their first ACC opponent of 2017, which was the first time that has happened since 2014.
Here is what we heard:
Head coach Monte Lee was pleased with what he saw from his team all weekend, but especially in what he saw offensively and on the mound.
“Great way to get ACC play started. I thought we did some really good things this weekend and today in particular,” Lee said. “Overall, I thought our at-bats were pretty good, our pitching staff was excellent. I thought we ran the bases very well and we found a way to get a sweep. The guys are playing good baseball right now. We just have to keep it going.”
Alex Eubanks recorded the start and the win for the Tigers on Sunday after he allowed just four hits in seven innings. He used 103 pitches to strike out seven batters while only walking two. Lee praised all of his weekend pitchers for their performances this weekend while specifically noting Eubanks’ successful outing.
“Alex Eubanks threw the ball very, very well. Ryan Miller was very good out of the pen. We only used six pitchers for the weekend. So our starters did a nice job and our bullpen did a great job,” Lee said. “He (Eubanks) had command of all of his pitches, and he didn’t make very many mistakes up in the zone. He was as good as he could have been today.”
First baseman Andrew Cox said the Tigers have seen improvement defensively, and he believes that starts with the pitchers.
“I think that can’t go unnoticed. I think our pitching is giving us a chance to win each time we trot out to play, and they pound the zone. They give us opportunities on the defense to make plays, and we have had some timely hitting,” Cox said.
Eubanks also noted that his confidence in the defense behind him helps him be able to do his job as a pitcher and pound the strike zone.
“Our defense has been playing phenomenal and that has been the staple point for us all year long. With the confidence I have in them, I just try to fill the zone up,” he said.
After this weekend’s sweep, the Tigers have now won 11 of their past 12 games, including six straight games. However, Cox said the team will not let their consecutive success cloud their focus on the midweek games ahead.
“I think it says a lot. We get two games in the midweek this week and then another home series next weekend against a really good UVa team. We will celebrate this one for today and then a new week starts tomorrow, so our focus shifts towards Yale and then on to UVa once we’re done with Yale,” Cox said.