Eye on Omaha

CLEMSON - Brad Miller has been a steady performer over the last two seasons as the starting shortstop for the Tigers.

The two-time USA National team member is a career .316 hitter with a .432 on-base percentage at Clemson. He has 25 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 85 RBI, 120 runs, 103 walks and 25 steals. And he's started all 135 games he's played in during his Clemson career.

But the last two seasons haven't been without its downs. Miller has struggled mightily in the field. He committed a team-high 32 errors in 2010 and his .894 fielding percentage was easily the lowest among all Clemson fielders.

Miller admitted that there were occasions last year when he'd committed the error before the ball even had a chance to skip off his glove or between his legs.

He continues to work like crazy to make sure that's not the case this season.

"When it comes down to it, whenever you're doing something, you've got to work at it," Miller said. "You have to work at it. It's not just going to happen. I realized that. It's something that I have to get after every day."

With the 2011 season slated to start on Friday with a three-game series versus Eastern Michigan, Miller believes that he's improved as a shortstop.

But it's been a constant grind to heal the lone black eye to what's been an otherwise stellar career.

"It's not something, like with anything—you can show up one day and you're not done," Miller said. "It's every day showing up and continuing to do whatever you've got to do that day."

"The biggest thing for me is just focusing one day at a time, not getting ahead of myself. My only goal is to become a better player each day out there."

The No. 35 prospect in the nation for the 2011 MLB Draft according to Baseball America will be an integral piece to the puzzle as Clemson looks to build upon last year's College World Series run.

With so many veteran bats back in the lineup, he believes the No. 4 ranked Tigers are primed and ready for another trip to Omaha.

"Going into this season, on paper, that's all you can really predict but you've got to see how we play" Miller said. "I'm definitely really confident in our guys and I wouldn't trade this team for any group of guys out there. It'll be fun."

And that group has higher expectations in 2011, especially with the way things ended in 2010.

"Our ultimate goal is winning it all," Miller said. "Anything short of that is a disappointment. That's how we feel. It was exciting to get to Omaha but we realized when you don't come away the winner, it's pretty disappointing."

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