By Trey McCurry.
Coming off a solid sophomore season, Scott Weismann returns this season as one of the premier arms of Clemson’s pitching staff.
Last season, Weismann was 9-2 with a 4.90 ERA in 97.1 innings pitched over 19 appearances (18 starts). In the 18 games Weismann started last season, Clemson went 15-3. The then sophomore was at his best during the post-season. Against Southern Miss in the Auburn Regional, Weismann threw 7.0 innings and allowed just four hits, one run, and one walk with six strikeouts to earn the win and one of the two pitching sports on the Auburn Regional All-Tournament team. Two more strong starts against Alabama and Oklahoma, pushed Weismann’s career NCAA Tournament record to 4-0 in five career appearances (four starts). By allowing only five earned runs over 26.1 innings pitched, Weismann holds the Clemson NCAA Tournament record for career ERA with a 1.71 ERA.
Looking back on last year, Weismann has some great memories. “I think team wise it was a great year for us. We started off hot, but hit a lull and struggled in the middle of the season. What made this team so great is that although we had that lull, we were able to work through so much adversity and make the season so special. The Florida State series was incredible in that we were able to sweep our final series of the year to win our division. Personally, it was an up and down season for me. There were a lot of highs, but some lows too. I think I just needed to be more consistent, but the end of the year came together well and winning three games in the postseason was a big accomplishment and a good step forward.”
A major accomplishment for Weismann last year was solidifying his spot in the weekend rotation early in last season. “I definitely enjoyed moving into the starting rotation,” said #33. “I enjoyed, and still enjoy, relieving as well. But pitching on the weekends meant I was going up against other team’s top pitchers every week. It was a great challenge because it meant I had to be good every week in order to put the team in position to win week in and week out.”
Omaha was also a great experience for Weismann. “Taking the mound in Rosenblatt was probably one of the coolest feelings I have ever had. To know that there were 21,00 people in the stands and being on ESPN was a very exciting feeling. Before the first pitch, I kind of took it all in but then put it all away. After that, it was just another game and you have to focus on getting guys out just like any other weekend.
After the season, Weismann spent a couple of days back home in Massachusetts before realizing another dream of his: playing in the Cape Cod League. “I played for the Falmouth Commodores, which is only an hour and a half from my house. I still stayed with a host family and they were great to me. The coaching staff was awesome and I made really good friends with all the guys on the team. After the season ended, I spent about a week at home and then headed back down to Clemson.”
This fall, Weismann took some time off to rest his arm. “Fall ball went pretty good. I took some time off since I threw so many innings in the spring and summer. I feel like I got stronger in the weight room and started long toss later in the fall. I was able to throw a couple innings in the orange and purple scrimmages and now my arm feels refreshed and strong.”
With the fall season over and break quickly approaching, Weismann already looking ahead to 2011. “I hope as a team we can go out there and play well all season long. I want to win every weekend series and take care of business during the midweek games. I hope we can host a regional and super regional here at home and have the opportunity to win the first College World Series played at the new stadium.”
“This team knows how to win and win in Omaha, so I hope we can take the next step and win it all. Personally, I want to go out every weekend and put my team in the best position to win. I want to be consistent in going up against the ACC’s best each weekend. As long as we are winning, I am happy. As a starter, a lot of setting that tone for winning starts with me.”
With the season inching closer and closer, Tiger baseball fans have plenty to be excited about and should be looking forward to an exciting 2011 baseball season.