Miller's Time: Clemson Tigers shortstop heating up

Clemson’s Brad Miller leads the Tigers in batting (.415) and on-base percentage (.533).

CLEMSON -- While no Tiger may ever eclipse Khalil Greene's 2002 season, Brad Miller's campaign is shaping up to be the best by a Clemson shortstop since Greene's National Player of the Year season.

Miller enters this weekend's series at Boston College (13-17, 6-8 ACC) as the reigning ACC Player of the Week and one of Collegiate Baseball's four national players of the week after batting 14 of 21 with a 1.648 OPS last week.

"I'm just trying to hit every ball hard and be comfortable out there," Miller said, "but I'd rather have a winning streak."

Miller has multiple hits in six of his last seven games, helping Clemson (19-13, 6-9) to win five of its last seven games.

Moreover, Miller has not committed an error in his last 28 chances since returning after missing several weeks with a broken finger. Miller was plagued with defensive issues the last two seasons, but has just five errors this season after 32 errors last season. The junior has always hit and leads the team in batting (.415) and on-base percentage (.533), and is second in slugging (.549).

"(Miller) is playing well," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "We just have to get a few more guys going and just keep on plugging."

Clemson hit its way to the College World Series last season, scoring at least eight runs in 18 of 24 games leading up to its trip Omaha, Neb.

And to return to the CWS this June, Clemson will again likely need Miller and its veteran bats to hit their way into and through the postseason as Clemson's pitching situation remains unsettled.

The Tigers begin a three-game series today with struggling No. 1 starter Scott Weismann not listed as a starting pitcher this weekend. Clemson has not announced a Sunday starter. Dominic Leone will pitch tonight and Scott Firth will start Saturday.

Clemson won its first ACC series since mid-March against Maryland last weekend, but also lost a game to Maryland for just the third time at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers have struggled to sustain dominant play all season but enjoy a favorable schedule as their remaining opponents are just 23-31 in ACC play. Despite being below .500 in conference play, the Tigers are in the latest NCAA tournament projections of both Baseball America and Rivals.com.

Said Leggett: "We have to get better."