Tigers Win, Leggett Explodes

CLEMSON – Even though the Clemson baseball team took a 9-6 victory over Elon, Tigers baseball coach Jack Leggett was so displeased with his team's effort, that he yelled at the players along the first baseline for 18 minutes with a profanity-laced tirade, ripping his team immediately following the game. <br>

The tirade was so bad and loud, that Clemson officials called from the field to the press box to have music played to drown out Leggett's yelling.

Cue Kelly Clarkson's new song "Since U Been Gone", which blared over the loudspeakers Tuesday night at a cold and damp Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Ironic thing is she's in concert next Tuesday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"I just thought that we needed to stay on edge and that we needed to be a little more consistent and we've just got to be ready to play every game," Leggett said. "It's one of those midweek specials where Elon's got a pretty good ball club and that we need to be more consistent as a team, so we've got to send a message once in a while. …

"Every once in a while a team has to be reminded that you've got to get better and you've got to be on edge all the time and you better realize that any team that we play can beat us. That's something that we should always know and always realize."

Leggett was unhappy with the fact that Clemson (26-16) committed two errors, while at the same time the pitchers walked six batters. But what seemed to bother him the most was that the Tigers were unable to put away Elon (26-18), which committed four errors and walked nine batters.

"We have a lot of guys that are new and young and haven't been to the regional atmosphere," said Kris Harvey, whose two-run bomb off the video screen in left-center field in the seventh inning iced the game for the Tigers. "And it's just frustrating for him because he's been to Omaha so many times and he knows what it feels like and he knows what its like."

And while it might not have been a thing of beauty, the most important thing is that the Tigers still managed to take care of business in a roundabout way, fueled by a couple of home runs, to get back on the winning track.

The Tigers hit two home runs, the deciding one off the bat of third baseman Herman Demmink in the sixth inning that made it 6-5 and gave the Tigers the lead for good.

Demmink's homer, his fourth of the season, was a two-run shot over the fence in right-center field. One inning later, Harvey smoked his 15th of the season and the first by any player to hit the new video screen.

"Even though we won, we're still expected to play well and we're expected to play hard," Demmink said. "Coach wasn't very pleased with the fact that we came out today and weren't a hundred percent ready to play from the first inning."

After a rough weekend in which N.C. State took two-of-three from the Tigers, a win, no matter how ugly, was essential for the team's psyche, especially with what's looming ahead of them this weekend – a three-game series with seventh-ranked Georgia Tech.

And because this weekend's series is so important, the Tigers have moved weekday starter Stephen Faris to the weekend, and he'll get the start Friday night, with Robert Rohrbaugh going Saturday and Harvey starting Sunday.

Josh Cribb will be moved to the bullpen, which has struggled at times this year.

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