Leggett clears the air with Tanner

Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett called South Carolina coach Ray Tanner on Wednesday to sort out the problems that emerged from this year's three-game series.

South Carolina took two of three in the extended weekend series, which was split between Columbia, Greenville and Clemson.

The Gamecocks won 6-3 in the opener at Carolina Stadium before game two at Fluor Field in Greenville was rained out and rescheduled for Tuesday night.

During Sunday's meeting, which Clemson won 10-5, Leggett questioned whether the bat South Carolina centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. used to hit a first inning homerun was heated.

After the game, centerfielder/pitcher Will Lamb called South Carolina pitcher Tyler Webb "soft".

Tanner voiced his displeasure after Tuesday night's makeup game, referring to the Sunday bat checking incident as "shenanigans". He even went so far as to say the relationship between the two coaches was strained.

Leggett went to bed Tuesday with no knowledge of Tanner's post-game press conference.

"I woke up and saw the paper, and it just made me realize that this has gotten a little crazy," Leggett said. "I wanted to air it out. I'm the kind of person that doesn't want to harbor anything that's going to sit there for a long period of time, because it's going to bother me. I wanted to get on the phone."

Both coaches apologized to one another during the conversation, which Leggett said lasted for about 45 minutes.

"I think we both feel kind of bad that the efforts by both out teams—the great efforts by both teams last night—was overshadowed a little bit by the events surrounding the game," Leggett said. "I wanted to try to get past that and get into the point where we could start playing baseball and start moving on, and get on with the rest of our schedule."

Despite their places in the heated in-state rivalry, Leggett and Tanner have enjoyed a friendly relationship over the years. During last summer's College World Series, the two were spotted having dinner together in downtown Omaha.

"Obviously, we're not going to agree on everything. That's just the nature of the game and the rivalry," Leggett said. "I've got a great deal of respect for coach Tanner and what he's done with the program and the success of the program at South Carolina. I think it's mutual."

Part of Tanner's issue on Tuesday was the manner in which Leggett questioned Bradley's bat. He believed it should have been handled between games.

Leggett said he had no knowledge of the hot bats when the two teams were waiting for a decision on Saturday's game.

"I did not know anything when I was talking to him face-to-face or we would have talked about it face-to-face," Leggett said.

He also wanted to clear up any potential thoughts of ill will towards Bradley.

"I would not want Jackie Bradley Jr. to take this as a personal us against him, trying to discredit anything he's done or what he's capable of doing," Leggett said. "He's certainly one of the better players that I have had the chance to play against in my 34 years of coaching. I have tremendous respect for what kind of athlete he is and what kind of future he has in baseball."

Clemson was scheduled to play at Western Carolina on Wednesday, but the game was called because of rain. The Tigers open ACC play this weekend when Virginia heads to Clemson.

Scott Weismann is scheduled to throw on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday's pitchers have yet to be announced.

Lamb is a possibility for Saturday, with Kevin Brady sidelined with a forearm injury.

Tuesday night's starter, David Haselden, could throw on Sunday, depending on his recovery. Scott Firth is also a candidate to start in game three.

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