The biggest rivalry in college baseball commences this weekend with Clemson and USC getting together for their annual three game series. Both these teams have lofty goals for the season and one of those is to win this series against their in-state rival.
Monte Lee has the unique perspective of being on both sides of this rivalry. He worked for Ray Tanner at USC before he landed his first head coaching gig at the College of Charleston. His first taste of the rivalry from the Clemson dugout last year turned out pretty well when the Tigers won two out of three games. That Tiger team went on to win the ACC Tournament and secure a top a national seed.
Monte Lee sat down with Kornblut to discuss the upcoming series. He covered a wide range of topics but here are few of the highlights:
- Lee has been very impressed with how they have pitched and played defense in the first few weeks of the season.
- Offensively Lee said they have had their moments but are still trying to find the consistency they need at the plate.
- Catcher Chris Williams has recovered from a hand injury earlier than expected. He will be available this weekend.
- Charlie Barnes will get the ball Friday; Pat Krall will start Sunday and Alex Eubanks will go Sunday.
- Lee said USC might have the best pitching rotation in college baseball. He said there “aren’t any chinks in their armor” with their pitching staff.
- Lee said he thinks the series will boil down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. He said sometimes a team can get too amped up for a big game and make uncharacteristic errors.
Check out the entire interview with Monte Lee below: