The Clemson baseball team is in Auburn, AL where Friday they will play Southern Miss at 3:00 PM Eastern in the opening round of the NCAA baseball tournament. Auburn will face Jacksonville State in game two. The Tigers practiced early Thursday afternoon at Plainsman Park shortly after head coach Jack Leggett, shortstop Brad Miller and second baseman Mike Freeman met with the media.
Clemson news conference
The Tigers will start Scott Weismann on the mound against Southern Miss. The sophomore righthander is 6-2 with a 5.47 ERA. He is coming off a rough outing against Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament in which he lasted just three innings and allowed six runs. But he was sharp in his start before that allowing just three runs in 6.1 innings in a win over Florida State.
Jack Leggett interview
Southern Miss will start senior righthander Seth Copeland. He is 11-0 and won two games in the Conference USA Tournament, where he was named the tournament MVP.
Brad Miller will be the starter at shortstop for Clemson Friday. He was pulled late in the season and used as the DH because of defensive issues, but he was back in the field for the last two gamesof the ACC Tournament. But Leggett is undecided about his starting catcher because of the recent performance of Spencer Kieboom. He or John Nester will start. And the starting centerfielder will be either Wilson Boyd or Addison Johnson.
Audio: Scott Weismann
The winners of Friday’s games will playu Saturday at 7:00 PM. The losers will play Saturday at 3:00 PM. There is no television for this regional.