Plenty of gas left in the tank

CLEMSON - Jack Leggett needed to use just three pitchers in Friday night's 11-1 win over Sacred Heart.

SETTING THE TONE: Scott Firth's solid six innings of work prevented Leggett from having to dig too deep into his bullpen. With as many as three games left to play in the regional, Leggett was confident Firth would provide that luxury.

"Scotty has pitched on the weekend before, and we knew he would be ready. He did a good job tonight of throwing strikes and letting our defense work," Leggett said.

Freshmen Kevin Pohle and Jon Surber combined for three innings of relief for Firth. The relievers allowed just one hit. Surber, who pitched in the ninth, struck out the side.

"It helps us a lot," Leggett said of the pitching performance. "Going into the game, I just felt like, if we could swing the bats a little bit and score some runs, put some pressure on them on the bases."

Dominic Leone is scheduled to start against No. 3-seed Coastal Carolina on Saturday night.

QUICK OUT OF THE GATE: Clemson managed to pound out four runs in the first inning. There was no looking back.

One more was added in the second and six were scored in the third.

"It's always good to have a hot start and come out right out of the gates, and score early. It makes it a lot easier for the pitcher to do his job. It takes a lot of pressure off for the rest of the game," said John Hinson, who went 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. "With a quick start, us coming out as hot as we did, it led to a little bit of a more relaxed atmosphere."

As a team, the Tigers totaled 11 hits, most of which were squared up solidly. Leggett believes there could be plenty more to come.

"I still think there's more in the tank for us. I think we can play even better," he said. "We've got to have everybody in the order contributing, doing their thing. We had some guys that had good nights tonight. We had some guys that had some off nights tonight. That‘s what our team is all about. We kind of balance each other out. "Some of the other guys took the lead today. Some of those other guys will be the guys tomorrow."

CHRIS EPPS, MR. JUNE: As usual, the right fielder is swinging a hot bat in the post-season.

Epps, who went 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run on Friday night, entered with a career post-season batting average of .388 (19 for 49). He's now 21 for 51 with two home runs 13 RBI and 13 runs in 16 career NCAA Tournament games.

The All-ACC Tournament performer went 3 for 9 with two homers, a double, five RBI, two runs and a stolen base in Durham, N.C. last weekend.

"I'm just showing up on time and being able to hit every at-bat," Epps said. "That's what it's all about." Top Stories