Clemson vs Coastal Carolina post game press conference


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“Overall I thought we played two good complete games it seemed like. After the first five innings, (Kevin) Pohle did a good job. We
played well definitely, and we got some big hits with two outs and some two out RBI’s. Phil (Pohl) had a big day for us. Second half,
David (Haselden) went out and did a nice job for us. A couple of sketchy moments and we pitched out of it. We came out the gate scoring runs to give us a cushion. Offensively, we had a good day. Defensively, we played well. It was a good day for us.

On having the right frame of mind in the postseason
“We always talk about the frame of mind because that controls everything you do physically. The minds have to be in the right place.
After we got done with the ACC Tournament, you flush that and go on to the next one. Going into the (NCAA) Tournament, we’re excited about being here
and the challenge we have. To me, it’s always about frame of mind. It’s a huge mental game. We had a good approach. They’re excited. During the rain
delay, we went to the weight room, and when the delay is done, they’re excited about going out there again.

On Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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’s day
“Hitting is a confidence thing that’s contagious. Phil (Pohl) is a battler. He’s intelligent and tough physically and mentally. He’s one of those guys that I
don’t mind seeing at all. If they want to pitch around Richie (Shaffer), when Phil goes up you know you’re going to get his best effort every time. He’s
strong; he’s tough. He takes some rough swings and rough at-bats sometimes, but just when you think he’s out of an at-bat, he works his way back into it
because he’s tough mentally. He did a really nice job for us today.

On two-out hits and contagious hitting
“Two-out hits are back breakers. If it happens against you, it’s disheartening to the pitcher. It’s a tough mental hurdle to get over. Offensively if you get
them like we did today, then it’s a really positive thing. It’s positive energy. The kids feel better about themselves. There’s more enthusiasm. It’s contagious.
You see one guy get a big hit, it makes the next guy think he can do the same thing. Good teams do those things a majority of the time. If you’re struggling, those things come few and far between. We had some ups and downs throughout the year, and today happened to be a good day for us.

On getting out of a bases loaded jam
“One of the big points of the ball game was when we had the seven-run lead. They had the bases loaded with no outs, and we got out of that cleanly. That
was a big turning point of the game for us and for (Kevin PohleKevin Pohle
So. RH Pitcher
#21 6-3, 180
St. Louis, MO

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).

On who will start Saturday’s game
“We’re going to wait and see who we play and go back and talk about it. Our options would be (Dominic) Leone and Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Fr. RH Pitcher
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Lyman, SC

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. Those will probably be
our two options. We’ll wait to go to the hotel, see who we play tomorrow and weigh our options after that.

On Kevin Pohle
“It was a tough day to pitch. The umpire, Jim Garman, is a very good umpire. I’ve known him 20 years. He calls them as they are. A ball’s a ball, and a
strike’s a strike. Sometimes you get more or less in certain spots, but he’s very fair and very adept at what he does. I think we had to make some adjustments early in the game. Kevin (Pohle) was having a little trouble with his breaking ball, so we tried to get his two-seamer and get some ground balls. We
made some nice plays in the outfield. Our kids made a good adjustment. He’s a very good umpire, and it’s one of those things where we had a little trouble
trying to make that adjustment throwing strikes where we needed to early in the ball game.

On a potential matchup with South Carolina’s Michael Roth
My philosophy is never talk about a game I don’t know about. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s South Carolina or Manhattan. Either team will present some
problems for us and challenges for us. I guess if it were to be against him (Michael Roth), you know you have your classic matchup again. He’s pitched
well against us. We have to make some better adjustments than we made in the past and solve some problems we’ve had in the past with him. We’ve had
close games with him. If it comes to that point, we have to figure out how to get it in our direction. It won’t be a high scoring ball game, I wouldn’t anticipate. We have to pitch well, play really good defense and get some timely hits again. But I really don’t like talking about it. I just want to play one game at a
time. Whoever it is, we have to be ready to play them and accept that challenge.

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