Leggett, Tigers maintaining perspective

OMAHA, Neb – The future is bright for Clemson, as muddy as it might see right now.

The Tigers are riding high in the winner's bracket after back-to-back wins at Rosenblatt Stadium, which is hosting the College World Series for the last time.

After winning 6-3 over Arizona State and dropping Oklahoma 6-4, the Tigers are one win away from the finals. Who they'll play won't be known until South Carolina and Oklahoma meet one more time. The Sooners dropped the Gamecocks 4-3 Sunday night.

"They're both good teams. They're both playing well," said Clemson coach Jack Leggett. "Oklahoma's got good balance. They're a good ball club. They have a good speed, good power--a little bit of everything. They're a dangerous ball club. There's no question about it.

"South Carolina is a good ball club. They're playing well—the last game out. They've developed some confidence."

Clemson and South Carolina played three times in March. The Tigers won the series opener at Doug Kingsmore Stadium 4-3 and the Gamecocks responded with a 7-5 win in Greenville. Clemson took the rubber-match in Columbia 19-6.

In terms of a more favorable matchup for Friday, Leggett wouldn't let on which team he would prefer to see.

"I don't know if we're home or visitors," he said. "I don't know anything about it, except I know we're going to play Friday night.

"I don't care who we play."

Leggett's focus is centered on his team.

"I'm interested in how we play and our approach. Whomever we play on Friday, whatever time they tell us to play, we'll be there," he said. "We'll give it everything we've got. I've got a lot of confidence in our players."

John Hinson, who's 5-for-9 with 3 RBIs at the College World Series, said Friday's opponent makes no difference to him.

"Whoever we play, we'll be ready to play. I think having (Thursday) off will be nice, so we can get our health back and recover a little bit," he said. "But like coach Leggett said, we're playing well, too."

Scott Weismann, who picked up his ninth win of the season with the win against Oklahoma, agreed.

"We're just going to worry about ourselves and we'll get prepared like we always do," he said.

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