We needed to sweep this series but with WF sending up 3 left-handed starters, you knew that they'd steal one of the games. Saturday they sent up their best and he pitched a complete game, but we handled the rest of the WF staff well enough to win. Clemson has now won 3 ACC series in a row against the dregs of the conference, which we basically had to do to keep up with FSU. Now our schedule starts getting tougher again. We have Georgia Tech coming up next weekend at home, a series with G-W, then VT and FSU on consecutive weekends. Usually the home team does really well between us and GT, even if the other is playing better, so we have a good chance to win it. We have Furman and Western Carolina in midweek play.
On Friday, Dominic Leone continued his track of improvement and struck out 10 batters over 8 1/3 innings as Clemson beat WF 2-0. He allowed only 3 hits. After Leone walked a batter in the 9th, Leggett went with Scott Weismann to finish the game. Leggett said today that Scott will now be the official closer, a role Kyle Bunn thought he should've had originally.
"Every time out is another experience, another time to try and get better, get my pitch mix working," Leone said. "Ultimately, I feel like this start will give me some confidence, boost my self-esteem, and get me out, keep me going next time."
Clemson grabbed the lead in the first inning, with John Hinson scoring on a Phil Pohl double. However, we struggled to get any runners home afterwards, stranding 7 RISP over the first 7 innings. Will Lamb's double in the 8th with 2 outs scored Brad Miller for the 2nd run of the game.
On Saturday night, the same old problems crept up. Bad pitching and shitty defensive play caused us to lose 9-3. Scott Firth has been doing much better over the last month and consistently improving like Leone, but he wasn't sharp at all in this outing. His control has not been awesome but he's been able to get out of the jams he creates, but it killed him in this one. Scott walked 4 and gave up 3 runs in 2 innings, with a hit batter.
"It was one of those games," Leggett said. "We didn’t pitch well at all, got behind early, walked too many guys, and they put a little pressure on us. We didn’t allow ourselves to get in the flow of the game and fell behind."
After Firth went out, we emptied the Pen and tried just about everyone, but no one pitched worth a damn until Matt Campbell to finish it. Phil Pohl made 2 errors and Schaus another. Several balls were misplayed and not scored as errors.
WF starter Tim Cooney (W, 5-2) came in with a sub-3.00 ERA for WF and pitched his first complete game. He struck out 7 without walking anyone and scattered 9 hits. He did about the same against us last year.
Jack Leggett said today that Jonathan Meyer (W, 4-0) solidified his position as the 3rd starter after allowing 3 runs in 6IP as Clemson won 10-4. Meyer struck out 7 and allowed 4 hits with 1 walk. Freddy and Weismann finished it off on the mound. I thought Meyer looked really good today, he worked both sides of the plate and his offspeed stuff kept them off-balance. His location and command were excellent.
After giving up a 2-R HR in the 1st, Clemson tied it on a Shaffer double and later a Kieboom HR. In the 5th we batted around the order and plated 5 runs to put this game away.
Jeff Schaus went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, Shaffer 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, Miller 2-for-3 with 2 R scored in the game.