Looking to get a spark, and maybe an out or two from a pitcher, Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett mixed things up a little in the Tiger’s third game of the 2010 ACC Tournament. One of the moves Coach Leggett made included starting Sophomore left-hander Will Lamb on the mound.
The start marked Lambs first time starting for the Tigers since April 18th of this season, nearly six weeks ago. Ironically enough, it was these same Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets that he faced back then in that last start. Keep in mind however, that Lamb was also the starting first baseman in games he wasn’t pitching at the time, taking the place of Freshman Richie Shaffer who was out with a hamstring injury.
Lamb did his job this time, and did it very well.”In the last start at Georgia Tech, I was getting overwhelmed and consumed by the game,” Lamb admitted after Saturday’s game. “Tonight, I went pitch-to-pitch and worried about just getting outs.”
Before his night was over the second time around vs the Yellow Jackets, Lamb had faired much better than before. He finished the night going six and one-thirds innings, giving up just two earned runs on six hits and striking out four of the 26 batters he faced.
That is much improved over the April 18th outing in which he was roughed up for five runs on seven hits, and didn’t even make it to the third inning.
Richie Shaffer, who has been back at first base since recovering from the energy, had this to say about Saturday’s game: “We got the lead, and Will took over the rest of the game,”……… “Even when they scratched out a couple of runs, we felt comfortable out there. We had a great approach at the plate today and just got the job done.”
Does this impressive start for Lamb cement his place back into the Tiger’s top three pitching rotation? I am sure that is something that Coach Leggett will be pondering in the coming days, with not much time to figure it out before the Tigers head into regional play, presumably at Myrtle Beach in the Coastal Carolina Regional(that announcement is expected later today).
One thing is for sure, it makes things a little more comfortable for the team and the coaches overall, knowing that Lamb is a formidable force again on the mound, and that we may just have a good 1-2-3 combo heading into this weekend. One other thing to note is that if Lamb were to earn another start, it leaves freshman righty Dominic Leone in the bullpen, another place the Tigers could use some help.