By Chandler Carver.
Athens, GA – TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with Richie Shaffer and Jon McGibbon following the Tiger’s 10-5 victory over Georgia.
Richie Shaffer went 3-6 with three RBIs including a two-run homerun. Jon McGibbon went 1-2 with three RBIs.
On motivation after the Virginia series
“Coach [Leggett] didn’t really have to say anything to us after the Virginia series. You know, he’s always going to have a couple of things to say because he’s our coach and he’s going to motivate us. But, we have a lot of pride in this team. Having a weekend like we did against Virginia is unacceptable for us. We came out tonight pretty focused and we executed well.”
On success against Georgia’s pitching staff
“Georgia is a good team, top-to-bottom. They’re very good from their lineup to their pitching staff, which is very deep. This is the kind of game we can play. Our record is not very indicative of the team that we have and the talent that we have on this team. It’s just a matter of putting it all together. We haven’t really had one or two games where we’ve had every aspect of our game rolling on all cylinders. We’ve had great pitching performances when we don’t hit so well, then we’ve had great hitting performances when we don’t pitch so well. If we can just put it all together like this every game, we’re definitely a team to be reckoned with. We have to start putting up more W’s like this.”
On tonight’s team focus
“It’s a hard thing to explain. Guys came up to the plate with good focus today and they threw us a lot of off-speed pitches. We didn’t really try to yank off a lot of pitches; we went the other way a good bit. Those adjustments are going to carry over and they’re going to give you more confidence as you go. The whole lineup did a great job of making adjustments throughout the day.
On tonight’s performance
“It was a good night for everyone. It was my night to turn it around. I had a long talk with Coach [Leggett] while we were sitting at a Chick-fil-a about how I hadn’t been where I needed to be, mentally. Tonight, I told him that I’m all in from now on, and it was good for me to get out there and be the leader that I am.
On tonight’s hitting
“It’s not uncommon for us to play this well on the road. We’re a team that can put up ten runs a game, or 16 runs a game; it’s just a matter of how well we focus. It was good for us to have a game like this because it shows we can do it.