CLEMSON – The baseball season has not gone the way the Clemson Tigers had hoped.
After starting ACC play 11-4, they sit at 12-12 and have won one of their last nine games. But even in the midst of their current skid, the Tigers feel like the slump may have come at the right time.
"I think discipline's one of the huge things for us right now. Obviously whenever ... the past two weeks, we've been over a little skid," junior shortstop Logan Davidson said. "I think that doesn't define us by any means. We've seen a lot times, a lot of good teams ... I mean back in 2010, I think when Will Lamb was here, he was telling us they went on a skid like that and went to Omaha.
"I think the big thing for us ... honestly, it might even be good for us. I think the adversity that we had to deal with is really going to help the team. The big thing for us is just timely baseball at the end of the season. That's what it comes down to. Any given year, it's how you play -- are you hot at the right time?"
If the Tigers are going to get "hot" over the final nine games, they may look back on their last conference win at Georgia Tech as the spark that was needed.
In that game, the Tigers overcame a 7-3 deficit on their way to an 11-7 come-from-behind win. The game saw five players in total ejected, including both head coaches.
While having players ejected is not ideal, a game like that can spark a team to playing better ball.
"Obviously getting ejected is not part of the plan. It definitely hurts the team in the long run," Davidson said. "We got some guys suspended for four games, or whatever it is, but I think that probably is exactly that spark we needed.
"I mean, we kind of realized we got each other's backs, we're going to fight for each other, and then we came down from three runs down and ended up winning by, I think it was four runs. Like 11 to seven, or something like that."
With the baseball team now playing for their postseason lives every time they take the field, they still believe this team can harness the magic of another school that "got hot" and rode their play to a national title.
"That's right, that's absolutely right. And we saw, I think it was 2015, or whenever Coastal (Carolina) won it," Davidson said. "They got hot at the right time, kind of, not expectingly, I think. But definitely anybody can win, as long as they're hot at the right time. I think our time most certainly has the pieces, and as long as we put those together, and connect those, I think we'll be in a perfect place, right where we want to be.
And I don't think we've seen (offense and defense get hot at the same time) either, especially within the lineup. And then sometimes our lineup's hot, and then our pitching staff might not be hot. And then kind of that odd circle, you want all of them together, hot at the same time."
The Tigers host Presbyterian College (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) and The Citadel (Wednesday, 6 p.m.) in midweek home games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.