AUBURN, Ala. -- Not only did Scott Weismann's Friday gem keep Clemson in the all important winners' bracket in the double-elimination Auburn Regional, it accomplished several other key goals.
Weismann's seven quality innings preserved the Clemson bullpen, and by shutting down Southern Miss, Clemson coach Jack Leggett saved No. 1 starter Casey Harman. who will start tonight.
The move also gives Leggett two lefties in Harman and Will Lamb to deal with the powerful and left-handed-heavy lineup of Auburn, which leads the country in home runs.
"It does some good things for us," Leggett said. "But we've still got to go out on the field and earn it."
The most interesting sleeve in the world
To the chorus of scouts seated behind home plate Friday at Plainsman Park, perhaps the most interesting development was the white spandex sleeve Clemson star Kyle Parker was wearing around his right arm.
Major League Baseball's draft begins Monday and Parker is a projected top 50 pick. He could be selected in the first round, which would take place during a potential regional title game Monday.
Clemson trainer Travis Johnson said Parker is not injured.
"He's just getting it warmed up for football season," Leggett said.
If Parker is not dealing with a right-arm issue, perhaps the approaching draft is weighing on him. Since May 11, Parker has gone in a mini-slump batting .244 (10 for 41). Parker insists the draft is not pressing on him.
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Leggett has a growing legend, according to Auburn coach John Pawlowksi, a former assistant at Clemson.
"He kicked a field goal at Maine," said Pawlowski of Leggett, a former Maine football player. "I don't know if it was 50 yards or what, if it was the longest field goal in Maine football history. Every year he would add a few yards to it. I think it is at 74 yards now."
Leggett's 52-yarder against Delaware in 1975 still tops the Black Bears' record book.
Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said he'll go with Todd McInnis in today's elimination game. McInnis is the Golden Eagles' No. 2 starter.
"We have to play for that win," Berry said. "I'm not a gambling guy."
Auburn started Cory Luckie on Friday. Pawlowski indicated he will start Grant Dayton (8-2, 4.33 ERA) today.