By Trey McCurry.
TheClemsonInsidier.com caught up with Clemson head coach Jack Leggett and Thomas Brittle following the Tiger’s 3-2 win over Charleston Southern Tuesday night.
On the game today:
I thought our relievers did a nice job today, especially Jonathan Meyer and Patrick Andrews. Goose (Gossett) was pretty good for us, but just was not exactly sharp at that time. Then Mike Kent came on and did a decent job as well. We turned over a big double play when we had to. But, again, we just struggled offensively. We had trouble getting our guys where they needed to be and then getting a big hit. In the ninth, we executed really well. We got the leadoff guy on, bunted him over, and then got a big hit out of Brittle. I’m pleased with the victory but we have to continue to keep working and making ourselves better, especially for this weekend.
On Brittle getting his second game-winning hit in the last five days:
That was a nice piece of hitting. The ball was tailing away and he just put it through the six-hole. He made a good adjustment and that shows why he is hitting so well. He just keeps putting the ball in play. We have some other guys that just need to step up for us as well. Shaffer had a good night for us too and has really been our leader this year. He is the guy that we have to follow and really get on his back a little bit too.
On Slaton’s production at the bottom of the lineup:
He is getting on base for us and can steal a base when we need it. He plays good defense and is a guy that is going to be a good little player for us. He will definitely keep seeing a little more playing time.
On Jay Baum:
He definitely made a nice catch for us in the ninth. He has also been hitting the ball pretty good for us as well. He has solidified himself in one of those outfield spots.
On heading to Maryland this weekend:
It is a huge weekend for us. They have a really good pitching and have been playing well all season long. They have played a tough schedule so far and play everyone in the conference really tough. We are going up there and playing on Astroturf so we have to create our own excitement and just be ready to play. It is as simple as that. It will be a really good challenge for us this weekend. Our situation right now is that we are just a couple of cylinders short and we are just having to battle for every win. They are playing well, having a good season, and playing with confidence so we have to go up there and play with confidence and play well.
On his game-winning hit:
I just tried to get a good swing on a pretty good pitch and it squeaked through and Slaton had enough to get in there for the winning run. With a side arm pitcher like I was facing, you have to think about going the opposite way because the ball tails away from you. I was just trying to stay on something and at worst get on base to give Richie a chance.
On the win tonight:
It was a big win. Their starter did a heck of a job keeping us off balance early. It was a little closer than we wanted it to be, but it was huge to get this win to carry into the weekend.
On his 11-game hit streak:
I just try to hit the ball on the ground and get something good to happen. Coach LeCroy is telling me, with my speed, to just get the ball on the ground, try to beat it out, and let it find a hole. So my main focus has just been to get on top of the ball.
On the upcoming weekend at Maryland:
Every weekend is huge, every game counts. We just have to have a great mentality when we get up there and give it our best.