Focused on the immediate future

CLEMSON - If everything goes according to plan, Daniel Gossett will be faced with the decision of a lifetime later this year.

Gossett, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed Friday night ace, will be selected in the June MLB Draft. When and by whom, of course, remains to be seen, but many analysts believe it will be an early round pick.

With two weeks before the start of his junior season, that's not much of a concern for Gossett, who's won 16 games during his Clemson career.

"I'm working towards beating the guy at the plate. I'm trying to keep it out of mind," Gossett said. "I'm not trying to work towards the next level or anything. Right now, I'm working towards each and every day out, and fighting to win every game I pitch in."

As the Friday starter for Jack Leggett last season, Gossett went 10-4 with a 2.56 ERA in over 98 innings of work. He held opposing batters to a .213 average and finished with 91 strikeouts and 38 walks.

"Knowing when he goes out there for us in the first game of a series is nice," Leggett said, "Because you know he's going to battle. He's going to give everything he's got. He's going to throw strikes. He's going to compete. And, I think, he's got pretty good stuff."

Gossett will continue mix his fastball with off-speed pitches this season.

"I feel like I'm making strides, practice makes perfect, so the more I sat around this summer and worked on my off-speed, picked up some control with my off-speed, which is great," he said. "I've added a few things here and there, took out some hitches here and there, so I'm just fine tuning."

Those fine-tuned mechanics could help Clemson get back to Omaha for the first time since 2010 when he and everyone else on the Tigers' roster was in high school.

"Every four years, at least, under coach Leggett has been to Omaha," Gossett said. "That's a little more incentive. We can't be that one team not to go to Omaha. It's been long enough…it's time to go, it's time to win."

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