Seth Beer "honored" to hold freshman home run record

by - Senior Writer -

DURHAM, NC - Clemson freshman sensation Seth Beer picked a good time to break the record.

Beer launched a long home run to right field Friday against Louisville to help propel the Tigers past the top-seeded Cardinals in the ACC Baseball Championship. The home run was his 16th of the season, breaking the Clemson record for home runs for a freshman (15 by Matthew LeCroy).

Beer said he could never have predicted his success.

"I don't know. Like the sport of baseball, you can't predict anything, and that's something you've got to think about season by season," Beer said. "It can change on a dime. So obviously I wasn't coming into Clemson this early spring thinking, you know, I was going to break the record for home runs. But it's a pretty cool accomplishment, and I'm honored to hold that.

"But the other thing that I want to say is just my teammates been picking me up lately. Obviously, we've got a great squad, and they have been picking me up, and it's just been a great experience to be a part of a club like this. And I wouldn't change it for the world.

Beer said he's made small adjustments to his swing recently.

"Just small adjustments. Maybe looking in on some pitches on the inner half of the plate, or looking away, because, you know, teams are starting to mix it up on where they are pitching me and with the shifts and all that kind of stuff," he said. "And I've had to adjust to that. It's been a work-in-progress. It's been tough.

"But it's good to have the sense of knowing that your teammates can pick you up; obviously last game and obviously this game, and just to be able to adjust to that. The one I put a good swing on, I was just looking for a good pitch in on me. I put a good swing on it, so it was pretty fun."

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