The senior infielder was one of seven players, a group Rittman called the pioneers, to originally buy into a vision and join a program with no history, no tradition and no stadium. There weren’t enough student-athletes to put a full starting nine on the field, let alone hold an intrasquad scrimmage. Season tickets were sold out within a month of going on sale, and Fan Day in late January attracted enough people to the stadium to fill the 1,000 fixed chair-back seats. For complete coverage of the Tiger softball team, follow @ClemsonSoftball on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook. “Clemson has such a rich athletic tradition and this community has really embraced softball,” said Clemson head coach John Rittman. Guimbarda was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2019, hitting .348 with 16 home runs, while Pereira was first-team All-SoCon. That number is projected to finish at $980,000 in 2019, which includes Rittman’s salary, the salary for two assistant coaches, paying a director of operations, recruiting and operating costs. The roots for Clemson’s first softball team in school history were planted almost two years ago when John Rittman was hired as the first softball coach in school history …

CLEMSON. And so it was that Rittman became the first head coach in Clemson softball history—more than two years before the Tigers played their first game. The Clemson players have enjoyed getting to know each other better in the last few months, and forging a team identity. One broke a bone in his hand Saturday, Five burning questions for Clemson at Georgia Tech — and a score prediction, How Baylon Spector went from no offers before Clemson to being Tigers’ top tackler. In 2017 Clemson cut the women’s diving program as well, and that opened the door for softball to be added. 1 Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7, With Uiagalelei, Phommachanh out, walk-on steps up, Tigers turning the heat down on Ajou, while Williams is ‘out of the oven’, Two-minute drill: Lawrence on historic offensive performance, Atlanta boys shine in homecoming at Georgia Tech, Two-Minute Drill: Swinney on making history, freshmen WR, Uiagalelei, Swinney comments on why Uiagalelei didn't play against Tech. CENTRAL, S.C. – The Clemson Softball team grasped another monumental moment in program history Wednesday evening as the Tigers defeated Erskine College 5-0 in their first-ever scrimmage, which took place at Southern Wesleyan University’s Varsity Field. By: Gavin Oliver, Clemson freshman quarterback D.J. Having watched a stadium being constructed right alongside their program, the players marveled as they stepped inside the completed … Caymol threw a five-inning no-hitter in the nightcap of the doubleheader, as the Tigers won 8-0 via the run rule. Rittman didn’t want to have to replace an entire roster in four years, so he strategically built this season’s team with a mix of freshmen and transfers. I appreciate that so much. “I wanted to be able to help start something and build this from the ground up because really everything is being built from the ground up.”.

Together, the trio was selected for these 2016-2017 Georgia state softball awards: pitcher of the year (Logan), player of the year (Arielle), and first-team catcher (Hannah-Jo).That is an impressive collection of talent. “Just the idea of starting a brand-new program is something that not a lot of players get to do. “It’s not very often you get to take a job and start a program, and for me it was a great opportunity to build something from the ground up,” Rittman said. Even though she’s a redshirt senior, she feels very much like a rookie. “There hasn’t been one day when I haven’t been mentally exhausted because I am literally learning something new. The in-game delay during the Tigers’ first scrimmage in program history was all of 15 minutes, a short time to endure compared to the wait that Clemson, the softball team and its supporters have gone through on the way to an inaugural season. FPN provides news, analysis, opinions and coverage of College, High School, Professional and International Fastpitch leagues and organizations. Uiagalelei did not appear in the top-ranked Tigers’ 73-7 blowout of Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday. Clemson softball’s inaugural season was just around the corner, and the shortened countdown made the excitement even more palpable. How will they celebrate home runs? Clemson came to Atlanta to make history, and it did, Photo Gallery: No. He has been with The State since 2015. That first team photo will be the one they show their grandchildren after their hair turns gray and they are leaning on canes during reunions. It’s been the one dream of mine.”. The most comprehensive coverage of Clemson Tigers Softball on the web with highlights, scores, game summaries, and rosters. Backup signal-callers Taisun Phommachanh, Hunter Helms and (…). 1 Tigers put up 73 points in win, South Carolina vs Auburn live updates: Gamecocks hold on to defeat No. The program’s home opener is Feb. 12 with a doubleheader against Western Carolina. We’re building an awesome softball stadium that will have all the amenities for players to be successful.”. Connolly graduated from USC Upstate in Spartanburg in 2011 and previously worked for The (Spartanburg) Herald Journal covering University of South Carolina athletics. She helped USC Upstate reach the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017, leading the Spartans in hitting in 2017. “There will certainly be some bumps in the road, but the pieces of puzzle are in place to help us achieve our goals.”.