The Clemson baseball team hosted a regional over the weekend following an extremely successful season under first-year head coach Erik Bakich.
The Tigers won 44 games, including their final 16 before regional play. That run included sweeping each of their final three series and winning the ACC tournament championship.
As a result, they were rewarded with a top eight national seed, meaning they’d not only host the first round of postseason play, but also the super regionals.
Unfortunately, things didn’t make it that far.
Clemson was paired with one of the more difficult No. 2 seeds in the field in the Tennessee Volunteers. While the Vols struggled early in the year, they boasted many of the key pieces from last year’s historic 57-win squad.
After finishing SEC play strong, they ran through the regional. That included an extra inning win over Clemson in Game 2 that wound up being a back breaker for the host Tigers.
Not only did Clemson use 10 pitchers in that loss, but they blew a two-run ninth inning lead and missed out on an opportunity to win in the 10th when they had the bases loaded and nobody out.
Adding insult to injury, they saw ACC Freshman of the Year Cam Cannarella ejected in a bizarre sequence that led to criticism from fans and media.
The ejection came with a subsequent one-game suspension, meaning Cannarella would also miss an elimination game against Charlotte. Fans in the stands voiced their displeasure, but the NCAA doubled down on its no fun policy.
Here is the sign that was confiscated. pic.twitter.com/HTDMZlvjtL
— David Hood (@MDavidHood) June 4, 2023
NCAA reps reportedly confiscated a sign at the game which read, “Free Cam,” in response to what fans felt was an undeserved ejection.
Those on social media were quick to comment.
One follower wrote, “Cowards,” while tagging the NCAA.
Another fan posted, “The NCAA is the softest organization in sports.”
This person said, “NCAA is such a joke.” They’ve been known to suck the fun out of the game.
This tweet asked, “Did the NCAA really deem this sign (and not last night’s ejection) inappropriate??”
Things would go from bad to worse for the Tigers as they dropped their Sunday matchup to Charlotte. That defeat successfully ended the Clemson baseball season while their star centerfielder sat on the bench.