A couple of days before the start of the Clemson Regional, and the pressure of the postseason, the Clemson baseball team went off campus to have some fun in the sun.
After practice on Wednesday morning, the Tigers tripped to The Reserve at Lake Keowee for what first baseman Andrew Cox called a “team-bonding experience.”
“It’s a beautiful venue and a nice place to get away and relax,” Cox said. “We played some golf, got out on the lake, rode the boats and jet skis.
“We made sure we got our work in yesterday morning before we went, and that was the main focus yesterday was we’re going to work and we’re going to have fun when it’s over. But we had a great time, and it was a good team-bonding experience.”
Time for team activities such as this is tough to find during the academic year. So, with the spring 2017 semester at Clemson over and the team still in Clemson for the regional, head coach Monte Lee saw an opportunity for his guys to have a nice getaway.
“During the school year, it’s very difficult. Our time is limited with our guys,” Lee said. “We have afternoon practices or we have gameday. Guys have class, guys have tutoring, they have study hall, they have a lot of academic requirements around baseball activity. Once that’s over, we really just try to keep our guys together.”
Being together means building chemistry, and that was the underlying intent behind yesterday’s outing.
“We try to draw everybody together and make sure they understand that now is our time to really, more than any other time of the year, become a family,” Lee said. “Chemistry is very important, working on things together is very important, and we just try to spend as much time as we can together as we prepare for the postseason.”
Lee hopes that chemistry translates onto the field during this weekend’s regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, which begins for the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. against UNC Greensboro.
“We try to spend some time together and make sure first and foremost, our guys understand that we’re a family and we’re in this thing together,” Lee said. “We work together and we play together.”