By Trey McCurry.
With school back in session and players back on campus, TheClemsonInsider will began a weekly baseball feature with the returning players from Clemson’s 2010 College World Series team. In this week’s column, senior outfielder Jeff Schaus discussed the draft, last season, and looked ahead to the 2011 season.
Schaus, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round, decided to return to Clemson for his senior season. “I was drafted where I was drafted,” said the two-time All-ACC selection. “I was asking for a certain amount of money and they weren’t willing to offer that so I am happy to be back at Clemson.”
Schaus, who has appeared in all 195 games (193 starts, including all 70 games last season) in his three seasons as a Tiger, led the ACC in RBI (87) last season, was fourth in the nation, and the second-highest mark in school history. In 2010, Schaus hit .328 with 14 doubles, two triples, and 15 homers with 67 runs, 87 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
When looking back on last season, the senior had nothing but positive memories. “It was a special group of kids. We definitely had our ups and downs but in the end we really hit our stride. It was a great run we had and some memories that I will always have. It was great being with the guys and being able to play that long with them.”
The member of the Auburn Regional All-Tournament team, who hit .370 (17-for-46) with three doubles and 12 RBI in the post-season, also discussed being able to play in Rosenblatt Stadium for the final College World Series. “There was definitely an aurora there that you don’t have in many other places. You hear so many things about it and to finally be able to play there was great.”
The senior is looking forward to the 2011 season as well. Among his personal goals for the season are to just continue to get better. One of his team goals, especially for the fall, is for “the good core group of guys coming back to mesh with some good young players that came in and have a good strong team going into the spring.”
Schaus was also looking forward to working with new hitting coach, and former Tiger, Bradley LeCroy. “He seems like a great guy and everyone has heard great things about him. We are all looking forward to working with him and getting better.”
Schaus, who is a career .319 hitter with 41 doubles, 31 homers, 168 RBI, 170 runs, and 107 walks against only 83 strikeouts, is looking forward to his senior season and Tiger baseball fans are glad to have him back.