Clemson baseball struggling, but Leggett not ready to push the panic button


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Clemson needs to find the spark it had against South Carolina in winning two games
Clemson needs to find the spark it had against South Carolina in winning two games

CLEMSON – Clemson’s baseball season will hit the one-third point this week, so it’s still too early to panic. But with an overall record of 9-9 and a 2-4 start in ACC play, the Tigers need a spark to get the season going in the right direction.

Following a 12-run outburst in two games and splitting a doubleheader against Notre Dame on Saturday, the Tigers committed three errors and hit into four double plays in a 5-1 Sunday loss, clinching the series win for the Irish.

Notre Dame (14-4, 3-3) won the final game Saturday and Sunday's series finale to win its first ACC series this season. The Tigers weren’t bad at the plate and put the leadoff man on in five of the first seven innings. The Tigers also had eight hits, drew three walks and got hit by two pitches, but stranded eight and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

“We had some opportunities today, but we hit into four double plays,” head coach Jack LeggettJack Leggett
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said after the game. “Those are rally killers. Those are tough. We just made two mistakes on defense that were key and cost us two runs and they were sharper than we were today. I thought we were ready to play today but it wasn't enough. “

Since taking two of three from arch-rival South Carolina a few weeks ago, the Tigers have lost six of eight, and if the Tigers are to even replicate last season’s regular season record of 34-22 they will need to go 25-13 the rest of the way, and to finish with the same 15-14 conference record as in 2014 will need to go 13-10 in ACC over the final 23 games.

Leggett said he won’t let his team hit the panic button.

“We just have to keep working. That is all we can do. We have been here before and we've been down this road and we just have to play ball,” he said. “We've still got a lot of ballgames left - we have 38 ballgames left to play here in the regular season, and there is nobody on this team that is going to quit or let up or decide they aren't going to play. I've seen us pull it out before and we are close, just not quite where we need to be yet.”

Can the Tigers get back the intensity they showed in taking two of the three from the Gamecocks? Leggett thinks so.

“They all believe they can get it back. They all believe we can do it, and we will,” he said. “It's just one of those things where we ran into a buzz saw last weekend and they swung the bats extremely well and this weekend they just played a little bit better. They made some big plays when they had to. There is very little margin for error in this league, and you look around this league and see what is happening and it will be a battle in our division and the other division and throughout the conference in general.”

ACC standings

ATLANTIC DIVISION
SCHOOLS		CONF W-L-T	CONF PCT	W-L-T	PCT
Florida State	5-1-0		.833		17-4-0	.810
Louisville	5-1-0		.833		14-6-0	.700
Notre Dame	3-3-0		.500		14-4-0	.778
Wake Forest	3-3-0		.500		13-8-0	.619
NC State	2-4-0		.333		10-7-0	.588
Clemson		2-4-0		.333		9-9-0	.500
Boston College	0-6-0		.000		5-12-0	.294

COASTAL DIVISION
SCHOOLS		CONF W-L-T	CONF PCT	W-L-T	PCT
Georgia Tech	4-2-0		.667		14-5-0	.737
Miami		4-2-0		.667		15-6-0	.714
Virginia Tech	4-2-0		.667		10-9-0	.526
North Carolina	3-3-0		.500		12-7-0	.632
Pitt		3-3-0		.500		8-9-0	.471
Duke		2-4-0		.333		14-5-0	.737
Virginia	2-4-0		.333		12-5-0	.706

It doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers, who will travel to Conway to take on Coastal Carolina – the Chanticleers have won five in a row and now stand 13-6 on the season. Including in the recent winning streak was a 13-2 win over North Carolina. Following the midweek game in Conway, the Tigers travel to Blacksburg (VA) to take on a Virginia Tech team that swept top-ranked Virginia this past weekend.

“They beat up on North Carolina the other day, so you know they can do it,” Leggett said of Coastal. “It will be one of those things where we have to put this behind us and play well on Tuesday and somebody has to step up for us. There is a lot of travel and a lot of things we have to be able to take care of.”


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spacer The baseball program is the epitome of insanity these days
Lilnaitch
spacer Besides. The panic button has been broken for years now.***
morris
spacer Re: Besides. The panic button has been broken for years now.***
whatweeatin
spacer Re: Besides. The panic button has been broken for years now.***
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Exactly!
TigerStripe
spacer Re: Exactly!
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer D-Rad will grant an extension w/ HUGE lopsided buyout! :-)***
Razzmatazz
spacer Next stop on the Leggett Farewell Tour - Conway, SC***
CUTiger1989®
spacer is there a way to watch it on PC?***
hphallman
spacer Maybe ESPN3.
CUTiger1989®
spacer Link
PenthouseTiger
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tiger james
spacer Don't forget a lead-off batter whose average is below the
CUTiger1989®
spacer or the #9 hitter who has one of our top 3 batting averages***
PenthouseTiger
spacer Stop making excuses and own it
GoodFella
spacer It's been real...
itsgood2bme
spacer Re: It's been real...
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Deer Jack***
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mkuwonder
spacer my predictions for the rest of the season:
Cdixon11
spacer Re: my predictions for the rest of the season:
babaganoush
spacer At this point
Kaplony
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BerlinSPY73®
spacer Jack: "We've been here before....blah blah blah"
UtilTiger
spacer Pretty disgusting play from the team, also only two series
AllTimeClemson
spacer Re: Pretty disgusting play from the team, also only two series
clemtiger117
spacer Obviously got your dumbazz fooled, you think that just
AllTimeClemson
spacer I been telling ya'll for years, Jack's an idiot***
hphallman
spacer Re: I been telling ya'll for years, Jack's an idiot***
deroberts
spacer Re: I been telling ya'll for years, Jack's an idiot***
ClemBaseballfan88
spacer Re: I been telling ya'll for years, Jack's an idiot***
Litefoot®
spacer Re: I been telling ya'll for years, Jack's an idiot***
ClemBaseballfan88
spacer Nobody's throwing the players under the bus
PenthouseTiger
spacer ClemBaseballfan88 = Maroon
BIG ORANGE
spacer "Maroon" or moron...who is the idiot?
ClemBaseballfan88
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reesem37
spacer Hey Jack... do us and everybody else in tiger nation a favor...
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92TigerJohn
spacer What coach other than Kevin Steele has ever acted
El Tigre 1
spacer You mean to tell me the hiring of the sports pscychologist,
91grad
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Cdixon11
spacer Why WOULD he panic? He knows he gets a pass***
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