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Tanner, Leggett talk after heated series

Mar 9, 2011 7:31:00 PM - thestate.com
Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett and South Carolina coach Ray Tanner apologized Wednesday for the controversy and emotion that arose from their recent three-game series.

The two talked for about 45 minutes and when it was over, Leggett said the coaches had successfully discussed issues like heating up bats and name-calling that followed Friday night's game.

Leggett had umpires check the bat of South Carolina's Jackie Bradley Jr. after a first-inning homer in Sunday's game. Leggett was concerned that South Carolina may have warmed up bats before stepping to the plate.

It has been suggested that heating aluminum bats will make a ball travel farther when struck. But several web sites dispute that theory.

Also, a Clemson player called a South Carolina pitcher "soft" and the Gamecocks rubbed their hands together prior to Tuesday's game to mock the Tigers' complaints.

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