By Trey McCurry.
Scott Weismann, who will be Clemson’s opening day starter for 2011, met with the media prior to Wednesday’s practice to talk about opening weekend and the 2011 season.
“It is exciting and a good challenge to start opening day,” said #33. “You will be facing the number one guy every weekend so to have that challenge is always good. There are always jitters before you pitch, but you filter those out as the game comes and you just work like always. It is about getting your feet wet again in that first start. We have a lot of new guys that can step in and contribute right away, but most of us have been here before so starting on the right foot is important.”
The junior, who went 9-2 last season as the Clemson’s #2 starter, talked about how he has prepared for this season. “It has been a little bit different. I tweaked some things here and there in my mechanics and delivery. I have just been trying to keep doing what I had working at the end of last season. I have been trying to stay back a little bit more and getting a better angle on my pitches to get a little more velocity. I focused on working on the pitches I had last year and tightening everything up.”
Weismann also touched on the excitement for the new season finally starting. “It is another great opportunity. We went far last year, but still fell short of our goal. To lose those two games at the end was pretty devastating. The season is awesome and we are excited to get back out here.”
The junior righy also talked about his feel for this year’s team, especially the pitching staff. “We have guys that can step up for those that we lost in our lineup. Pitching wise, I think we will be a lot better this year. We were pretty solid last year, but still young as a staff. Everyone has another year under their belt now and is a year older. We have high expectations for us as a staff.”
One of the young pitchers Weismann pointed out that has impressed him so far is freshman righthander Kevin Pohle. “Pohle has been impressive so far. He is a tall, lanky guy with a loose arm. He has a very good run on his fastball and a tight slider.”
Weismann, Pohle, and the rest of the Tiger pitching staff are ready to get the 2011 season going and look to get things started off on the right track this weekend against Eastern Michigan