Since the first day of Spring on March 21, No. 20 Clemson has scored five or more runs 13 times, seven or more runs nine times and eight or more runs five times, including Sunday's 9-6 victory over No. 5 Miami in the rubber game of the three-game series.
"I think we hit the ball well all weekend," Clemson right fielder Kyle
Parker said. "We played the type of baseball that we are capable of
playing and we came out of here with two wins which is pretty good because
they are a pretty good squad."
In all, the Tigers scored 26 runs and banged out 38 hits in the three game
"The weather is warming up a little bit," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said.
"We have two or three guys that are back in Wilson Boyd and Addison
Johnson, and Kyle Parker has been contributing. Some guys are starting to
play better. When you have one, two or three guys playing better it starts
to permeate through the rest of the team."
It started to permeate through the Tigers' lineup in the bottom of the
second when third baseman Matt Sanders homered to right field for a
three-run shot that gave Clemson a 3-2 lead. It was a lead it never again
The Tigers (23-12, 11-7 ACC) scored three more runs in the third and then
two more in the fourth to build an 8-3 advantage. Clemson finished the day
with 11 hits as Sanders led the way with three hits and 4 RBIs, while Boyd
also had three hits and drove in a run.
"Everybody feels better about their game when you hit the ball," Leggett
said. "Everybody feels better in the field when you hit the ball.
Everybody looks forward to coming to the ballpark when you hit the ball.
It is the whole psyche of the team.
"When you know you are going to score some runs, you are not scrambling,
scrambling and scrambling to try and score some runs. You don't have to
hold (the other team) down which puts pressure on the pitching so it is a
good thing that the bats are starting to come along a little bit."
It's also a good thing to have Parker back fulltime. With spring football
practice over, the right fielder can dedicate the rest of his time now to
helping the baseball team win an ACC Championship. Sunday, the All-ACC
player added another hit and a couple of more RBIs to his weekend total.
Parker finished the weekend 4-for-11 with two home runs and 7 RBIs and
that's after moonlighting as the quarterback in the Spring Game.
"I'm a little beaten down," he said. "It has been a long three weeks so
I'm kind of looking forward to just having to do one (sport) right now. It
is definitely a relief and my schedule is going to be a lot less hectic."
Parker wasn't the only one to play well in the weekend series. Sanders
finished the weekend 6-for-9 with Sunday's home run and the 7 RBIs.
"He is a pretty tough out and he has a little savvy at the plate," Leggett
With the win, the Tigers stay in first place in the ACC's Atlantic
Division with a one-game lead on Boston College.
"This was big for us. There is no doubt about it. We found out a lot about
our team," Leggett said. "We came back in the second and third ballgames
and played tough. I was pleased with how we responded after an opening
Clemson will travel to Western Carolina Tuesday night before coming back
home and facing the Catamounts on Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Tigers win series over Miami
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