By Trey McCurry.
Head Coach Jack Leggett met with the media Wednesday to preview the upcoming baseball weekend and talked about some of the following storylines that college baseball fans will see throughout the 2011 season. The following is a transcript from Leggett’s comments to the media:
On the excitement of opening weekend:
Absolutely it is exciting. We should have beautiful weather and are anticipating a great crowd. It’s a new season ahead of us and I like our ball club. We have been working extremely hard and been practicing a long time, so I’m ready to play someone with a different color uniform on.
On the bats:
It’s the same for everybody supposedly. The bat companies are trying to get on board with the new standards. It is going to be a totally different game and people have to understand that when they come to the ballpark. The big innings and multiple home run innings and games may not be a thing that they are seeing. You have to be able to run the bases extremely well, bunt runners around, hit and run, move runners up, and execute on offense. Then you have to play great defense and really pound the strike zone. It is going to be a totally different game.
On if his team is better built to handle the changes:
I am hoping it will be to our advantage. There will be more close games and lower scoring games. We will see how it all works out. We have some guys that can run the bases, put pressure on the defense, and make every at-bat tough. We have had a lot of scrimmages and batting practices where there were not any home runs. That tells you with the team and power we have that there is going to be a difference.
On his team’s strengths:
We have some depth and experience. We have some guys that can run, know how to play the game, and know what is expected out of them. I think our pitching depth will be good for us before it is all over. We have enough guys; we just have to figure out everyone’s roles for the first 15-20 games. I think we will play good defense and we have worked extremely hard on the small game.
On the loss of Coach Wilhelm:
It will be a strange thing for me. He had been here and long time and coming to the games since I started coaching at Clemson. He was an awesome person. We are excited to have Michael and Randall, his two sons, throwing out the first pitch for the game on Friday. It is a fitting tribute to a great man.