Motivated Tigers ready for redemption

CLEMSON - Phil Pohl can't help but grit his teeth when thinking about UConn's dog pile in the middle of the diamond at Doug Kingsmore Stadium last June.

The Tigers suffered back-to-back Regional losses to the Huskies, which included an embarrassing 14-1 knockout punch in the elimination game, which sent UConn to the Super Regional.

"It's definitely a motivating factor. I know myself and most of the other guys that were here last year were thinking about it all offseason," Pohl said. "We've been working extremely hard this fall and we're ready to get going this spring, so we can get back there and right what happened last year. I wasn't pleased with what happened.

"You definitely don't want to go out, especially on your home field. I'm looking forward to an opportunity to fix that this year."

Despite the disappointing exit in postseason play, Pohl still put together a solid year at the plate.

Primarily as the designated hitter, Pohl hit .333, which was third among Clemson batters with at least 150 plate appearances. He also had four home runs, knocked in 33 RBI and led the team with 22 doubles.

With so much turnover in the lineup, there will be a lot of new faces around him in the Clemson lineup.

"It's definitely going to be different. We've lost some guys. Brad Miller, [Jeff] Schaus, [Will] Lamb -- all those guys," he said. "I think we're going to be young and we're eager. I think we're going to prove to everybody that we're going to pick up where we left off."

Pohl, who could play a could play in a number of different spots the season, including first base, catcher and leftfield, is one of four team captains.

"Anytime you have guys looking up to you with respect, that's a huge honor," he said. "I'm just happy to be back for my senior year. It's been a great three years here. I'm looking forward to a great fourth year."

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