Clemson’s Viral ‘Hidden Ball Trick’ Keeps Talking About College Baseball

Clemson baseball has had an incredible year so far.

With a 44-14 record, they have now won 44 games and 20 in conference play in consecutive years since head coach Erik Bakich came over from the University of Michigan before 2023.

During this time, Clemson won the ACC tournament last season and their division this year.

The Tigers won’t be satisfied with any regular season success, however, as they have their sights set on their program’s first Men’s College World Series title.

As the No. 1 seed in their region, they faced 38-win Vanderbilt, 34-win Coastal Carolina and Big South Conference champion High Point.

Coming in ranked sixth overall in the country, all the pressure was on Clemson, with upset teams ready to take down one of the tournament’s best teams.

However, the Tigers held strong under that pressure and advanced to their 16th Super Regional and first in 14 years.

That was evident in the regional final when he faced Coast Carolina for the second time in as many days after gaining just one run during pool play on a go-ahead RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Clemson ultimately dismantled the Chanticleers 12-5 to secure their spot in the Super Regional, but that result is on the back burner compared to what happened on the field.

In the top of the second inning, with runners on second and third base with only one out, the Tigers performed the infamous “Hidden Ball Trick” and managed to tag out the runner on third base.

Third baseman Blake Wright appeared to hand the ball to his pitcher Ethan Darden before slowly returning to his spot on the field. With the ball still in Wright’s glove, he waited until Coastal Carolina’s runner at third base stepped out of the bag before tagging him for an out.

This turned out to be an important moment in the match.

With one out and runners in scoring position, Coastal looked ready to take a lead.

Instead, after performing the “Hidden Ball Trick” with incredible success, Darden was able to induce a ground ball and leave the inning with the Tigers leading 2-1.

Clemson then scored a run over the next four innings and was able to explode late to advance to the Super Regional, where they will face the Florida Gators starting June 8 at 2:00 PM ET.