The Clemson Tigers locked up the No. 8 seed in the ACC Tournament this past weekend when they took two of three games from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The Tigers' next step in their journey to the NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday (11 a.m.), as they take on 12th- seeded Boston College in their first game of pool play.
After a day off, the Tigers take on No. 1 Louisville Thursday at 11 a.m.
"We got the ACC Tournament coming up and we need to be ready," head coach Monte Lee said. "It's a new season now. We're in the postseason part of the season, and hopefully, we can find a way to be a little bit better as we head into the ACC Tournament."
The Tigers pool consists of No. 1 Louisville and No. 12 Boston College.
Since head coach Monte Lee's arrival at Clemson, the Tigers are 5-7 against Louisville and 11-1 against Boston College in all games.
But the good news for the Tigers is that they have had success against both of the teams in their pool this season -- going 2-1 against both schools during their three-game series.
More good news is the play of some of the Clemson seniors -- namely Grayson Byrd -- appears to be peaking at the right time to make some noise in the postseason.
Byrd has homered 10 times in his last 13 games, a hot streak that had Lee digging through his memory for comparisons.
"I've seen some tears but that's a pretty damn good one," Lee said. "Byrdie, Seth (Beer) the first half of his freshman year was pretty amazing to watch. Byrd's been amazing to watch down the stretch here. Reed Rohlman a couple of years ago had that tear that he went off for a while, so yeah, guys can get hot.
"But it certainly has been fun to watch Grayson Byrd do what he's done and carry our offense here over the last -- I don't know what its been, I think he said like 10 home runs in the last 12 games or something crazy like that. I don't know. Thirteen games. I don't keep up with that as you guys do but he certainly has been swinging the bat very well."
Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in the pool Tuesday through Friday (May 21-24). The four teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners playing on Sunday in the ACC Championship Game.
The winner of the Tigers' pool (A) will play the winner of Pool D (No. 4 Miami (38-17, 18-12), No. 5 North Carolina (38-17, 17-13) and No. 9 Virginia (32-22, 14-16) in the semifinal. And the winner of Pool B (No. 2 Georgia Tech (38-16, 19-11), No. 7 Duke (30-24, 15-15) and No. 11 Notre Dame (24-28, 13-17) will face the winner of Pool C (No. 3 N.C. State (41-15, 18-12), No. 6 Florida State (35-20, 17-13) and No. 10 Wake Forest (30-25, 14-16) in the other semifinal.
Game times Tuesday through Friday are set for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday’s semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., while Sunday’s championship will begin at noon.
ACC Baseball Championship schedule
May 21-26 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
Tuesday, May 21
No. 12 Boston College vs. No. 8 Clemson, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 6 Florida State, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Duke, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
Wednesday, May 22
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Boston College, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 9 Virginia vs. No. 5 North Carolina, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
Thursday, May 23
No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 1 Louisville, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 4 Miami vs. No. 9 Virginia, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 3 NC State vs. No. 10 Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
Friday, May 24
No. 7 Duke vs. No. 2 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Miami, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
Saturday, May 25
Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
Sunday, May 26
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2)