Tigers trying to stay in right frame of mind despite delays

by - Senior Writer -

OMAHA, NE – The Clemson Tiger baseball team arrived in Omaha last Thursday ready to get the College World Series started immediately, despite knowing that they would have to wait until late Sunday to get started.

That start has been delayed even more as inclement weather hit the Omaha area for most of the day on Sunday, causing the start of the South Carolina/Oklahoma game, the game before Clemson and Arizona St., to be delayed by more than three hours.

That game was delayed even further by lightning in the sixth inning, but NCAA officials were hopeful it could be finished Sunday night, and optimistically announced the Clemson/ASU contest would be pushed back until 11 a.m. EST on Monday. However, there is a 40% chance of precipitation in the Omaha area for early morning on Monday, so that start could be pushed back even further.

The Clemson baseball team went to work out at Creighton University’s facility on Sunday, and was almost ready to bus over to Rosenblatt when they were informed of the delay, and Clemson head coach Jack Leggett said the Tigers will just have to play the hand dealt them.

“We have been here since Thursday, so that is now four nights here before we play a game,” Leggett said. “That is difficult, but it is what it is. We are just glad to be here. That is what this tournament is all about, and we just have to make adjustments. We call it MTA – making the adjustment. Tonight the weather was not conducive to getting out there.

“We had to weigh our options on playing at 10 or 11 tonight or in the morning. If we played tonight, we could out and sit around the ballpark for a couple of hours and wait, but that’s not good for anybody. So at least now we know that we play in the morning.”

Leggett said that because of the early start, the team would have a 10 p.m. curfew on Sunday night, get up and be ready to eat breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and then head to work out, and he said his only real concern is the possibility of playing back-to-back days.

“This playing every other day thing is ok for the pitching, but if you have to play two days in a row it might hurt your pitching a little bit,” he said. “But we will make sure they get their rest tonight, make sure they look like they are alive in the morning and they will be ready to play. I really don’t see any problems. We have all done this before. If you get up and approach it right, and have the right frame of mind, you could have an advantage over the other team. “

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