Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett plans to start senior right hander Trey Delk in the Tigers ACC tournament opener against Virginia Thursday night. Delk is 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA this season. Delk has been one of the Tigers more consistent pitchers this season. The pool play format of the ACC tourney gives Leggett and his staff the ability to look ahead to map out which pitchers they think match up best with their next two opponents (Duke, North Carolina). But even though Leggett already knows who he is playing Friday and Saturday he is not looking past Virginia.
AUDIO: Leggett on UVA (1:18)
Leggett brings up a good point about essentially having to win four games in two and a half days. This format builds in a day off for teams but Clemson’s came on Wednesday which essentially just starts the tournament a day later for them. They will play at 8:00 tomorrow night, 4:00 on Friday and Saturday and, if the advance to the championship, they’ll 1:00 on Sunday. That is a lot of baseball but I’m sure Leggett still prefers this format over the old one that required teams to sometimes play two games in the same day if you fell into the losers bracket.
I’ll have more on this ACC tournament format coming up when the tournament starts. I think it is going to be the format used by most conferences in the next few years, including the SEC.