By Trey McCurry.
As the Tigers prepare for three orange purple scrimmages this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with Phil Pohl.
Phil answers five questions as he prepares for another run towards the College World Series.
Q: Looking back on last year, what are your thoughts a few months later?
A: Last season was a season of ups and downs. We started off pretty good, cooled off towards the middle of the year, finished the second half of the year extremely strong but fell short in the regional. I felt we had great team chemistry last year and I had some of the most fun I’ve had as a Clemson baseball player, but was very disappointed with the loss at home to UCONN to end the season. I felt we had all of the tools to get us to Omaha and win a national championship but sometimes that is baseball and that is the beauty of the game. Last year left me and the rest of the team hungry to get back and make things right this season.
Q: How would you reflect on your time at Clemson?
A: My time so far at Clemson has been the best three years of my life. With regards to baseball, the University and the people, I don’t know if there is anyplace in the world that can compare to Clemson. Being able to compete at the highest level of college baseball and be surrounded by such great friends, fans, and support is truly unbelievable. I always dreamed as a little kid that I would have the opportunity to play Division one baseball in college but having the opportunity to play and be a student here are Clemson has surpassed even my wildest dreams. I will always be proud to call myself a Clemson Tiger!!
Q: What are some things that you have been looking forward to during Fall Ball?
A: The fall is always a great time. You are coming back from summer ball and are excited to be back on campus. There are a bunch of new freshmen you are eager to get to know a see how they fit in and what kind or role they will play. The fall is a time you get back to playing baseball with you best friends. Yeah, there are times fall practice can be a grind but being a senior this year I don’t think I can take anything for granted. Every chance I get to be on the baseball field is an opportunity to make myself better for the team because this is my last shot at Omaha and a national championship this year. For me and the rest of the seniors it is do or die this year.
Q: How does it feel to be a senior and one of the team leaders?
A: Being considered a team leader and someone the guys look up to on the team is an absolute honor. It was an honor to be named a captain last year. Just to think off all the people who have come before me and put in their time and gave it their all here, it is truly amazing to be considered one of the leaders of the team. I just hope I can lead by a good example and help bring the team to a higher level anyway that I can.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?
A: Right now I am most looking forward to the season getting here and the opportunity to compete and play for a national championship. I just want to leave it all on the line so when I look back at my career here at Clemson I can say that I gave it everything I had. As I said before the last three years I have played here are Clemson have been the best three years of my life. The only thing that could possibly make my experience better would be to hoist that trophy at the end of the year, and you can bet we will all be gunning for it. I’ve never been more excited to be out on the field with such a great group of guys and represent such an amazing University. It is a true honor to be a Clemson Tiger!