CLEMSON, SC — The Tigers begin their 125th baseball season with their first full team practice this weekend before opening the season with a three-game series against Indiana at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Feb. 18-20.
“Our players and coaches have worked extremely hard over the offseason to improve in every aspect, and we believe we have a strong group of returning players and new players who will get us back on track,” said head coach Monte Lee, who led the No. 11 recruiting class in the nation according to Perfect Game. “We were able to develop and evaluate most of our newcomers in the fall. I’m excited to see the competition between these new players and our returning players for many positions in the spring.
Among the returning players is sophomore Caden Grice, who was the team’s best offensive player last year. In 2021, he batted .317 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs in 51 games en route to winning All-America Freshman and All-ACC Second-Team honors.
Sophomore Mack Anglin returns after being drafted in the 13th round by the Nationals in 2021. The right-hander was an All-ACC Freshman selection in 2021 who had a 3.99 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 56.1 innings pitched over 13 appearances (eight starts) .
Sophomore right-hander Nick Hoffmann was one of the team’s most valuable pitchers in 2021 as a long reliever and starter. He’s 6-2 with four saves and a 3.43 ERA in 60.1 innings pitched in 24 appearances (four starts) in his career.
The 2022 schedule includes 33 home games and 25 games against 2021 NCAA Tournament teams. The Tigers face Michigan State and USC Upstate at Fluor Field in Greenville, and they face South Carolina and the College of Charleston at Segra Park in Colombia. The ACC Tournament also returns to Charlotte, North Carolina for the second year in a row.
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