Clemson Baseball head coach Erik Bakich embraces the high expectations for the upcoming 2024 season, expressing optimism despite the bitter taste left by last year's regional loss. Bakich believes in the team's hunger and depth, highlighting the experience and talent that will serve them well. He also emphasizes the strong relief pitching and the potential contribution of both veterans and freshmen, indicating a solid foundation for success. Bakich is clear about the team's expectations, stating that Clemson should aim to return to Omaha. The season is set to begin on February 16 with a series against Xavier.

By the Numbers
  • Bakich sees the team as having a lot of depth, potentially even deeper than his Michigan team that made a run to Omaha.
  • Wofford transfer Matthew Marchall was a second-team all-SoCon performer in 2023.
  • 6'0, 205-pound freshman pitcher Aidan Knaak was rated the No. 74 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game.
State of Play
  • Bakich expresses confidence in the team's experience and talent, emphasizing their hunger and depth.
  • The rotation for the upcoming season hasn't been finalized, with familiar names like Austin Gordon, Tristan Smith, Billy Barlow, and Joe Allen mentioned as possibilities.
  • The season is set to kick off on February 16 with a three-game series against Xavier.
Bottom Line

Erik Bakich's confidence in the hunger, depth, and potential of the Clemson Baseball team sets high expectations for the upcoming season, with a clear aim to return to Omaha.