By Trey McCurry.
Prior to the start of practice Wednesday, TheClemsonInsider sat down with junior Tiger infielder Jason Stolz to talk about the upcoming opening weekend for the 2011 Clemson baseball season.
“It’s opening day and there’s nothing like it,” said #2. “It is one of the most exciting days in the park. There is a lot of energy around the team and we are all excited to get the season going.”
With the graduation of former second-baseman Mike Freeman, Stolz will be the man to get the opening day start at second. When talking about it, Stolz talked about the opportunity of being able to start on opening day.
“I am just looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity to start. I’m trying to stay healthy this year and do my best to see what I can do to fill Mike Freeman’s shoes. They are some big shoes to fill, but hopefully I can do the best I can to help our team. I don’t take it as added pressure (on replacing Freeman). I take it as an opportunity to work on my game and as a challenge. I know I can talk with him and learn from him to help improve my game.”
With Stolz starting, the Tigers will start an infield of a sophomore and three juniors (two true juniors and a red-shirt junior). Stolz addressed the issue of having such an experienced infield. “It is a big asset for our team. Our whole infield is pretty experienced and works well together. We are always talking and helping each other out. Throughout the game, we are ready for anything since we have been there before.”
Another issue the junior talked about was the new bats. “I think you will definitely see a decrease in the amount of home runs, and maybe even extra base hits. As far as hits and runs for us, you can still find ways to score so hopefully it shouldn’t be too drastic.”
Stolz and the Tigers look to start the season off right Friday against Eastern Michigan at 4:00 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.