Thomas Brittle, Tyler Slaton heat up as Jack Leggett tinkers with Tigers' lineup

Clemson will go for two-game series sweep of Morehead State today at 4 p.m.

Baseball -  Tyler Slaton

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Baseball - Tyler Slaton

With room to tinker with his lineup, Jack Leggett is playing a hot hand as the Tigers work their way through an important five-week.

Sophomore Tyler Slaton, who opened the season by going 1-for-15 at the plate, is back in the lineup as the Tigers' starting leftfielder and has six hits in last 10 at-bats. After batting in the No. 9 slot in Clemson's final two games against Virginia, he moved to the leadoff position for last night's game against Morehead State and was 2-of-4, with a run scored and an sacrifice fly RBI.

Meanwhile, Thomas Brittle - Clemson's leadoff man for most of the season - is 7-of-12 with five runs scored since moving down to the No. 8 spot in the batting order.

Another Tiger with a hot bat is catcher Garrett Boulware, who is 7-of-19 with 10 RBIs and two homers in his last four games.

Clemson will go for a sweep of its two-game series against Morehead State this afternoon (4 p.m. start), and then will play host to Duke (10-10, 2-4) in a three-game ACC series this weekend.

Tar Heels Still No. 1: North Carolina remains a consensus pick as the nation's No. 1 team after winning two of three against Miami last weekend. Both Georgia Tech and Florida State are ranked in the top 10, while Virginia, Virginia Tech and N.C. State are ranked in the top 25 in at least one poll. Clemson remains just outside the top 25.

Georgia Tech at FSU highlights weekend schedule: ACC division leaders Georgia Tech (17-2, 5-1) and Florida State (18-1, 5-1) will clash in a three-game series this weekend at Tallahassee. N.C. State (16-5, 3-3) plays at Virginia (17-2, 4-2), Virginia Tech (16-5, 4-2) plays at Miami (15-7, 2-4), and Wake Forest (12-10, 1-5) visits Maryland (12-7, 2-4). After playing its first 19 games away from home, Boston College (3-16, 0-6) will play host to top-ranked North Carolina (18-1, 5-1).

Around the ACC: Virginia jumped eight places in the Baseball America top 25, from 22nd to 14th, after winning two of three against Clemson...ACC pitcher of the week Benton Moss of UNC has struck out at least seven batters in each of his five starts...ACC player of the week Zane Evans of Georgia Tech drove in nine of the Yellow Jackets' 32 runs in last weekend's sweep of Boston College...ACC pitching staffs have combined for 31 shutouts so far this season, led by Virginia and N.C. State with five each...The ACC's teams entered the week with a combined 97-13 home record against non-conference opponents.

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