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Beer, Bermudez set to face off in NCAA baseball playoffs
Clemson, South Carolina and Western Carolina have former Forsyth stars playing big roles
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County will be well represented in the upcoming NCAA baseball championship tournament, which starts at regional sites on Friday, June 3.

Clemson’s Seth Beer (Lambert), South Carolina’s Chris Cullen (West Forsyth) and Western Carolina’s Danny Bermudez (Forsyth Central) will be in the field of 64 teams that will look to place their respective bids to Omaha for the College World Series later in June.

Beer, who was the first-ever freshman to be named the ACC Player of the Year on May 23, scored two runs and recorded an RBI on two hits, while walking three times, as Clemson (42-18) won the ACC title on Saturday with an exciting 18-13 victory over Florida State.

Beer leads the national title contending Tigers with a .372 average, 71 hits, 16 home runs and 63 RBI. He will undoubtedly be in the running for many prestigious postseason awards.

Clemson’s first game in its host-regional will be against Bermudez and the Catamounts (30-29), who won five out of six games in the Southern Conference baseball tournament over the weekend, taking down former Lambert star Danny Edgeworth and the No. 1 seeded Mercer Bears 4-2 and 3-2 on Sunday in a championship double-header.

Clemson will host Western Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday. The game will be broadcast through ESPN3.

On the season Bermudez, a senior, has batted .295 with 64 hits, 11 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI.

Cullen, a freshman for the South Carolina Gamecocks (42-15) had an uneventful conference title weekend as the Gamecocks were knocked out of the championship with losses to Ole Miss and Texas A&M. In 39 starts as a catcher, Cullen has batted .252 with 22 RBI, 11 doubles, 35 hits and a home run.

Despite the SEC upset, South Carolina will host UNC-Wilmington, Duke and Rhode Island in the the Columbia Regional. The Gamecocks host Rhode Island in Game 1 on Friday at 7 p.m.

The NCAA regionals are double-elimination, followed by head-to-head three-game series in the super regionals that determine the eight teams that will advance to Omaha for the College World Series.