Davidson has been early catalyst for Clemson

Davidson has been early catalyst for Clemson

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Davidson has been early catalyst for Clemson

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Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson has had some storybook endings over the past couple of weeks. It seems as though every game he is getting on base, as the sophomore is second on the team with a .491 on-base percentage (min. five at-bats). Through the first 12 games, he leads the team with 15 walks and is third on the team with 12 runs scored.

With Davidson leading off for sixth-ranked Clemson, he’s proven he can accomplish nearly anything in the batter’s box. The Tigers were down 3-1 against Wofford on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium until the 7th inning when Davidson tied the game with a 390-foot solo home run.

Not only did Davidson knot the game against Wofford, helping set up Clemson’s 6-3 victory, but he also went 2-for-3 with another home run, two RBIs and three runs scored against South Carolina on Sunday as he helped the Tigers to a series win.

“It feels really great,” Davidson said following Clemson’s win over Wofford. “Obviously this last weekend was pretty incredible. I mean that was an awesome experience being able to hit a ball like that off of a great team and great pitchers. It was so cool.”

Being atop the lineup, Davidson doesn’t appear to be letting the pressure get to him. The native of Charlotte, N.C., spent the offseason working on every aspect of his game.

“Well I have really just been concentrating on seeing the ball,” Davidson said. “I know that is kind of cliche but really just getting my foot down and watching the ball all the way to the plate is really helping. I have really had to focus on not jumping at bad pitches and not swinging at things I’m not going to be able to hit. That is the key.”

His focus and concentration seem to be giving him quite the advantage with two powerful home runs within days of one another. Davidson’s home run Tuesday night completely cleared the Cajun Cafe at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, and he is confident there will be more home runs for him to come.

“There’s definitely more where that came from,” he said. “There is always more. It definitely felt good off the bat but I feel like there is always more in the tank.”

During the preseason, Clemson head coach Monte Lee discussed the powerhouse offense his team had developed throughout the fall. It took a while for the Tigers to get going offensively Tuesday, but the bats heated up in the sixth and seventh innings when second baseman Justin Hawkins and Davidson hit two game-changing homers, respectively.

“I would say that we had a little bit of a rough start, but I think that we are on top of things right now,” Lee said. “We have 12 games under our belts and around 30-40 at-bats for pretty much all of us. I think we are getting more and more comfortable in the box and we are really starting to get a feel for it. We have been seeing lots of different pitches so that’s going to definitely help our hitters and help all of us catch up.”

The Tigers improved to 11-1 with the win against Wofford and look to continue the momentum when they take on Michigan State at Fluor Field in Greenville on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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