Tigers Sweep Coastal

CLEMSON – The day following the Clemson baseball team's low-scoring split at Old Dominion, Tigers head coach Jack Leggett lit into his offense and laid down the law for nearly 20 minutes prior to last Thursday's practice. <br>

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"You probably can't print the things I said, honestly" Leggett admitted. "The crux of it all was that we really weren't being aggressive and I didn't think we were being tough enough, so I basically challenged them. … And I think they've responded real well to it, obviously. … I have to say that it was a very aggressive talk to them and it was what they needed at the time. "

Something has certainly worked as for the fifth straight game, the Clemson offense ripped hit after hit, this time leading to an 8-1 victory over Coastal Carolina two sweep the two-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Wednesday.

The Tigers (14-9, 5-1 ACC) pounded out 14 hits, while Travis Storrer, Kris Harvey and Andy D'Alessio each had three apiece. Over the last five games, Clemson has scored 52 runs.

"We're starting to come around," D'Alessio said. "We were struggling at Old Dominion and Coach had a little talk with us and sparked a little fire under our butts."

Not to be overshadowed by the continued explosion by the offense, starting pitcher Jeff Hahn (1-1) allowed one unearned run and struck out five over six innings to get the win.

"When you get runs on the board, it helps you a lot," Hahn said. "You don't necessarily feel like if you give up a run in the second that it could be the difference in the ball game."

Chanticleers starting pitcher Ricky Shefka (4-1) took the loss and actually passed out in the dugout due to dehydration after coming off the mound following the completion of the sixth inning. He turned out to be fine.

The Tigers scored two runs off Shefka in the first, another in the second and two more in the third to grab a 5-1 lead. They added three more in the seventh to secure the win.

Over the last two games, Clemson has cracked 31 hits on a team that was ranked No. 25 in the country in one of the many baseball polls.

"It's a double-edged sword," Leggett said. "You want them to be aggressive, but you want them to be smart about what they do. In this case, I think we needed to get on them a little bit, so I think it was the right time for it to happen."

The recent surge in offense, coupled with the great pitching the Tigers have received sets up perfectly for their trip to Florida State, which is 27-5 overall and 5-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles are also ranked as high as No. 6 in one poll.

"You just have to take this confidence and go down there and play tough, play aggressive and play like we own the place and play like we expect to win," Leggett said. "We're playing a lot more confidently then we were a couple of weeks ago."

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