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Tigers have shot at No. 1 overall seed

After beating Wake Forest this past weekend in a three-game series, Clemson’s baseball team moved up to No. 2 in the latest RPI rankings released by NCAA Stats on Monday.

With a three-game series at No. 3 North Carolina slated for this weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. and a three game-series with No. 6 Louisville at Doug Kingsmore beginning on May 12, the Tigers could have a shot not just as a top-eight national seed, but as the No. 1 overall seed as well.

Clemson also has a three-game series at No. 63 NC State left on the schedule. That series will be played May 18-20.

Clemson (33-8, 16-5 ACC) is coming off a series victory over No. 11 Wake Forest over the weekend. The Tigers won the first two games in the series before Wake took the last game to avoid the sweep.

“At the end of the day, we won the series, which is a good thing,” Clemson head coach Monte Lee said after Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We are not perfect,” Lee continued. “Our team is still learning how to grow and develop. We have another big week ahead of us this week. They are all going to be big for us from here on out. But we won the series which is always a good thing.”

After going 3-2 last week, which included a loss at Florida State last Monday, Clemson stayed No. 3 in DIBaseball.com’s latest ranking released on Monday, while Baseball America dropped the Tigers from No. 5 to No. 6 in its ranking.

Clemson already owns series wins over No. 23 South Carolina, No. 14 Virginia and of course No. 11 Wake.

“Obviously, losing the last (Wake Forest) one gives you a little bit of a bitter taste in your mouth, but you have to look at the grand scheme of things,” centerfielder Chas Pinder said. “They were the 17th ranked team in the country, so we are playing good baseball and we are looking to carry that into Charleston and North Carolina.”

The Tigers are 17-9 this season against RPI top 100 teams and 7-5 against top 50 teams, including a 6-3 record against top 25 schools. A series win over the Tar Heels this week, as well as one over Louisville could put Clemson in that position to be the No. 1 overall seed. Keep in mind, the defending ACC Champions will also have an opportunity to tack on a few more high RPI wins in the ACC Tournament.

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