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Blake Wright opens up on the difficulty of watching Florida celebrate after winning Super Regional

Alex Weberby:Alex Weber06/11/24

The second and final game of Clemson‘s super regional series vs. Florida ended in drama on several fronts, but a loss for the Tigers.

Minutes before their season came to a close, Clemson coaches Erik Bakich and Jack Leggett managed to get kicked out of the ballgame just after the Tigers had taken a lead in the top of the 13th in a scene of utter pandemonium.

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Following that chaos and the ejections, Florida came up to bat in the bottom of the 13th inning and was able to muster a couple of runs to walk off the lengthy battle. Afterwards, Clemson’s remaining coaches and its players could do nothing but watch the road team soak in the glory they hoped to have for themselves.

In the postgame press conference, senior Blake Wright was asked about that moment watching Florida players dog pile and carry on celebrating their second straight trip to Omaha while Clemson cleaned out its dugout for the final time.

“I mean, I think it’s kind of, in the moment, you know, it sucks,” admitted Wright. “We just lost a 13 inning game, really hard fought game. We’re doing anything we can just try to get Monday and, you know, we fell short,” he added.

There’s no hiding Wright’s disappointment. When you’re the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, all eyes are on advancing out of your home regionals to Omaha in the middle of June. But this time around, the Tigers fell just short. However, there’s plenty of reason for Wright and his senior class to be proud of their contributions to the program.

“It is what it is. We were just kind of stunned,” he continued. “But you know, again, hopefully we put this program on the right the right path, made an impact. Shout out to the fans for coming out, supporting that whole time.”

Blake Wright finishes with quite the collegiate career to tell home about. He just barely finished as a career .300 hitter with a .303 mark across his four years with the Tigers. He recorded 209 career hits, 42 career home runs and 165 career RBIs.

If the baseball numbers aren’t enough, Wright was also stellar in the classroom, becoming a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member during his time with the Tigers. He’s a well-rounded senior leader that Erik Bakich will certainly miss next season.