Duggar streaks to Columbia

CLEMSON - Sophomore rightfielder Steven Duggar will take his 16-game hitting streak into Columbia on Friday night for game one against South Carolina.

Jack Leggett saw this day coming from a mile away.

Not because Baseball America said Duggar was the second-best high school prospect from South Carolina in 2012. Not because Perfect Game called him the best position player in the state.

While Duggar sports four of the five baseball tools: Hits for average, steals bases, can throw and play the field.

Plus, he wants to be good. It's that intangible that led Leggett to believe that Duggar would be as advertised when he got to Clemson.

"He deserves everything he gets," Leggett said. "He's a tremendously hard worker. He's got great focus. He loves to play, loves to practice. He competes. He's a competitor.

"I've seen this coming a long time ago when we recruited him. We knew he was going to be a really good player. He does a great job in the outfield. He plays really good defense, throws extremely well, runs the bases extremely well, but he's just into his game, loves to play, loves to practice, so I could see this coming.

"He's just got to relax and take it one game at a time."

That's exactly what Duggar has done in his last 16 games at Clemson. During that streak, he's batting .353 [24-for-68]. Not too shabby.

"I try not to think about it too much, honestly," Duggar said of his 16-game hitting streak. "I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help the team. If I come up with guys in scoring position, I'm just trying to drive runs in. I'm just trying to find a way on base and have good at-bats.

"I'm not trying to do anything that's out of my power, just trying to have good at-bats. Fortunately enough, I've been able to get some hits out of those."

The streak was pushed to 16 in the first inning of Tuesday's game against Presbyterian when he drove in two runs with a triple.

"Some good things happened to me last year," he said. "I was able to finish the mark at .300. That was good."

Seven games into this season, Duggar is doing pretty well. He's batting .333 with six RBI and five stolen bases.

"You could hit him anywhere in the order, don't want to go too far down. He's one of those guys that can hit leadoff for you, two, three-hole, four-hole, five-hole, six-hole for you," Leggett said. "He's just one of those guys you like to see come up in a crucial situation, because you know he's locked in."

No wonder the guy has started every game at rightfield since he stepped foot on the Clemson campus.

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