Tigers Preparing for Baylor

After starting the season 15-13, the Clemson baseball team is amazingly just two wins away from advancing to the College World Series.

Standing in the way of the Tigers (42-21) and a trip to Omaha, Neb., is No. 4-national seed Baylor (42-21), which has made it way this far with pitching, just like Clemson.

The Tigers start the best two-of-three series 12 p.m. Saturday which can be seen on ESPNU. Game two of the series is 4 p.m. Sunday, which can be seen on ESPN. Game 3, if necessary, has yet to be determined.

"I watched them play a little bit on the computer (Monday)," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "They've got good starting pitching. There won't be any surprises there. They've got some real good relief pitching. I feel like we're going to have to go out there and hit if we want to win."

One thing that could potentially hurt Clemson is the long layoff between the regional and the super regional.

The Tigers last played Sunday night and will have to wait a full week to play again. It's not uncommon when such a lyaoff can throw off the timing of team, espeically when it comes to hitting.

"At this point of the season, I don't think you can worry about that," Leggett said. "You just do everything you can to try to prepare them in terms of being ready, keep their timing going. We'll scrimmage a little bit (Tuesday). If we leave Thursday, practice again (Wednesday) and try to keep ourselves sharp. Right now, hopefully a little rest will do us good and allow us to get our feet back underneath us."

Regardless of the timing is slightly off on offense, it's still all going to boil down pitching, which Clemson has and then some.

And what may workout perfectly for the Tigers is that Baylor's pitching is regarded as some of the best, which in turn may cause a lot of people to overlook the throwers of the Clemson.

"I think our pitcing's come on," Leggett said. "I think we can match them a little bit that way. It's just a matter of who's going to hit more and who plays good defense, just who wants it more."

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