So far, Jack Leggett likes what he's seen from aggressive, defensively-sound Tigers

'We're going to make some mistakes, but I'm not worried about that right now'

Baseball - Shortstop Tyler Krieger and second baseman Steve Wilkerson

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Baseball - Shortstop Tyler Krieger and second baseman Steve Wilkerson

Two weekends ago, Jack Leggett sent his Tigers onto the field with high hopes, great potential and lots of question marks.

What does he know now that he didn't know then?

"I've learned that we have a lot of interchangeable parts, we've got some depth and speed, and we have some new guys who are going to help us win," said Leggett after the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of Wright State on Sunday.

"We need to be one of those good pitching, good defense, timely hitting teams that everybody wants to be. I like what I've seen so far."

Leggett says he likes his team's ability to push the tempo and make things happen.

"I like the way we hustle and run the bases," he said. "We're going to make some mistakes, but I'm not worried about that right now. I'm more interested in us being aggressive, putting pressure on the defense. We'll make more good things happen than bad things in the long run."

The Tigers have been stellar in the field so far, with just four errors in six games, including just one by a starting infielder. Clemson is fielding at a .984 rate so far. The Tigers turned four double plays in their 7-0 win over Wright State on Sunday.

"We played really good defense all weekend long, and that's something we need to bring to the ball park every day," Leggett said. "That's going to give us a chance to run."

Consistent defense takes pressure off the Tigers' pitchers, Leggett said. Scott Firth has been in command so far, and the Tigers have gotten strong starting outings from sophomore Daniel Gossett and freshman Clate Schmidt.

"Scotty just needs to keep it up," Leggett said. "He's under control right now, throwing strikes and keeping his pitch count down. We're playing good defense behind him, so he doesn't feel like he's got to strike everybody out...

"I can see after this weekend that we really do have good defense. So let's throw strikes, put the ball in play, and let the defense work behind them."

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