Leggett Discusses South Carolina Game

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson head coach Jack Leggett discusses Wednesday's loss at South Carolina.

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OPENING COMMENTS
Leggett: The middle of the order hurt us. And the kid did a good job pitching with the lead. We just got behind early. We had a rough first and third inning and that kind of hurt us. Other than that we had a pretty decent ball game we just didn't hit the ball. We didn't hit the ball well enough to win and we didn't pitch well early enough to win.

IS THIS STILL GROWING PAINS?
Leggett: This is still the growing pains. It's painful. We just haven't been able to get anything going offensively the last few games and we are working from behind all the time and that makes it difficult to battle back, especially when we aren't swinging the bats very well.

ANY SORT OF POSITIVE SPIN GOING INTO THE WEEKEND?
Leggett: We just have to put it behind us and can't let it affect us this weekend. We can't let this leak into the weekend. We are just having trouble getting any momentum at all. Our schedule has been so tough. And we are just a little undermanned to be honest with you right now. We are just trying to do everything we can to stay in the ball game and hopefully give us a chance to win it in the end. We did that this weekend.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR HIS TEAM GOING FORWARD?
Leggett: They just have to keep their heads in the ball game. There's a lot of work to do and a lot of coaching to be done right now. We have to keep working and continue to pull ourselves out of it and have a good game soon so that we can get some confidence going and pull something positive out of it so we can leak something into the next day.

ON THE PROBLEMS ON OFFENSE
Leggett: It looks like our bats are a little slow. We just aren't pulling the trigger on fastball counts. We are getting behind the count. We are chasing pitches out of the zone. We just aren't good offensively right now. And if we aren't good offensively right now we really have to pitch well and we didn't pitch well in the first few innings.

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