Clemson ready to prove doubters wrong

NASHVILLE, TN (WACH) - Clemson is the team that very few thought would earn an invite to the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

Still, coach Jack Leggett contended they should be the team nobody wants to play this postseason as his Tigers worked out Thursday afternoon ahead of the Friday's opening game of the Nashville regional.

It's a mantra Leggett has been preaching since before last week's ACC Tournament where Clemson went 2-1, including a win over top-seeded Miami.

"We always felt like we deserved to be in the tournament. We always felt like we'd be a tough team to play in any kind of tournament," Leggett said.

Despite have to hold their breath as the names were announced during Monday's selection show, the Tigers have won 11 of their last 15 games.

Some of them have been in dramatic fashion. The Tigers rallied in extra innings to clinch their final regular season series against Boston College, before knocking off Duke and Miami with a walk-off win in the ACC Tournament.

Those wins likely earned Clemson one of the final berths in this year's NCAA field.

"These kids are competetive. They're hungry," Leggett said. "We had to win some games down the stretch and do some things down the stretch against Miami and Boston College. We had to come back from the depths of disaster to make those games work for us and get here."

Clemson is appearing in its 20th NCAA tournament in 21 seasons under Jack Leggett. The coach has won 68 tournament games with the Tigers.

Pitcher Matthew Crownover is set to start when No. 3 seed Clemson opens regional play against second-seeded Oregon Friday at 1 p.m. ET in Nashville.