Adversity strikes with lightning

OMAHA, Neb. – As long as the Tigers avoid a case of the Mondays, things should be just fine heading into Clemson's College World Series opener.

The way 2010 has gone, it's almost fitting that Clemson's first game was pushed back until Monday morning. That, of course, is assuming Mother Nature doesn't rear her ugly head again.

No worse for the wear for Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett.

"The more adversity, the better for us," he said.

Regardless, Clemson's opponent, No. 1 seed Arizona State, is faced with the sudden change in plans.

Originally scheduled for Sunday night, the Tigers and Sun Devils' College World Series matchup was moved to 10 a.m. (CST) on Monday because of two weather delays to Sunday's Oklahoma/South Carolina game.

"It is what it is. That's what the tournament is all about. You just have to make adjustments. We call it, ‘mta'. Make the adjustment," Leggett said. "I'm disappointed we're not playing (Sunday). The weather is just not conducive to get out there."

It sure does make for an early Monday, though.

The day starts with breakfast at 6:30. At 7:30, the team is scheduled warm-up at Creighton University. The Tigers are then to arrive at Rosenblatt Stadium at 8:30 for the 10 o'clock game.

"If you get up and approach it with the right frame of mind, then you can have an edge on the other team, if you've got it right," Leggett said.

With a win on Tuesday, Clemson will play the winner of Monday night's Oklahoma/South Carolina game. If the Tigers lose, they'll play the loser.

Instead of a day off between game one and game two, Clemson has a quicker turn-around. That, Leggett said, has potential to tax his pitching staff.

"That's not as good as you want it. It doesn't help your pitching," he said. "This every other day thing is pretty good for your pitching.

"We just got to do what we've got to do." Top Stories