Sinking feeling

CLEMSON - CUTigers.com takes a look at the key players and moments from Clemson's disappointing 14-1 regional final loss to UConn on Monday night.

HITTER OF THE GAME - UConn - Ryan Fuller: Sunday night's hero, Fuller went 3 for 5 with a home run and 5 RBI.

But it's George Springer who's walking away feeling better than anyone else on UConn's squad. The Houston Astros selected Springer with the No. 11 overall pick in MLB Draft, which started around the same time as Monday's first-pitch.

Springer, who went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, exited the game in the sixth inning after suffering an injury in the bottom of the fifth.

PITCHER OF THE GAME - UConn - Greg Nappo: Aside from the second inning solo home run to Richie Shaffer, Nappo was solid through 5 2/3 innings of work. He allowed five hits and a run, issued three walks and struck-out four.

PLAYER OF THE GAME - Clemson - Alex Frederick: Clemson was in dire straits when Frederick entered during the first for Kevin Pohle, who allowed five hits and three runs in his third start of the season.

With runners on first and second, Frederick recorded the inning's final two outs to stop the bleeding at 3-0.

Frederick gave up four hits and four runs (two earned) in four innings of work. Of the 16 batters he faced, Frederick retired three on strikes.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I have been in games on both sides like tonight. There are situations where it starts rolling and you can't do anything wrong. In our situation, we could not do much right. They had the lead-off guy on base all night long. It seemed like we were scrambling to just get out of innings. We were having trouble building any innings. When we did, we could not finish them off."

-Leggett

WHERE THE GAME TURNED: The Huskies picked up right where they left off on Sunday night with three runs right out of the gate.

"I felt like we were ready to go," Leggett said. "They had some confidence from last night, having won the game last night. They felt good about themselves. It carried over and gave them a little confidence early in the game."

It wasn't until the fifth when the Tigers' chances took a sharp turn south. The inning started with Clemson looking at a 3-1 deficit, and ended with UConn holding a commanding 8-1 lead.

"Their situation, it starts rolling and you can't do anything wrong," Leggett said. "In our situation, we couldn't do anything right."

"It was one of those games where it just started going in one direction and it was hard for us to stop it. You've got to give UConn credit for that."

WHAT'S NEXT?: Like Leggett's done in every year during his tenure at Clemson, the Tigers ended the season with a loss.

Regardless of the scenario, it's never a good feeling, and it's one that lingers for a couple of weeks each summer.

"There's only one team that doesn't lose the last game of the year," Leggett said. "When you lose the last ball game of the year, whether you lose at home or on the road, it stinks."

Shaffer, who accounted for the only run of the night, was the only Clemson player present at the post-game press conference.

"It's not really something that you can describe," he said of the loss. "I still have a couple of years. For the seniors and the guys leaving, it's feels pretty bad."

Now, Leggett, along with several current Clemson players and 2011 signees, will closely watch to the MLB Draft.

Third baseman John Hinson, shortstop Brad Miller, outfielder/pitcher Will Lamb, second baseman Jason Stolz, pitchers Kevin Brady, Scott Weismann and David Haselden are all potential draft picks over the next two days.

"I'm proud of our kids. I have a great deal of respect for this baseball team," Leggett said. "We were in a tough place at 14-12…we made a decision, all of us, that we were going to approach the last part of the season a different way. It took some leadership from the players and coaches—everybody in the right frame of mind—that we were going to do something with our season. These kids were a big part of it."


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