TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with Clemson pitching coach Dan Pepicelli at Gardner-Webb on Sunday following the Tigers sweep of the Dawgs.
How do you feel about Justin Sarratt after his two big wins the past two Sunday’s?
“I am real excited about him. I feel like he is bringing a lot of veteran leadership to what he is doing right now. He has a good pitch mix and he has been very aggressive in the strike zone right now. He is forcing batters to have to deal with a variety of pitches and changes of speed,” said Pepicelli.
Saturday both Dominic Leone and Jonathan Meyer pitched well in the doubleheader sweep.
“Yeah I am excited. All of the starters did their jobs kind of establishing some momentum. The offense and defense played really well. I think we are just playing well as a team right now. Everybody is feeding off the other branch and we just have to keep that going right now,” said Pepicelli.
Before Sunday’s game Kevin Brady worked in the bullpen. How did he look?
“He is coming along. We are happy. We are very happy with how he is throwing, especially his last two bullpen sessions. He is not quite there yet but we are very, very happy with the progress. I think we will hear from him before too long,” said Pepicelli.
Do you plan to bring him back similar to the way you did Dominic Leone earlier this year after his injury?
“Absolutely, he is still in the rehab process. He has a ways to go to be able to generate to be a starter and generate the power he was before,” said Pepicelli.
Do you think he will be back as a starter by the regionals?
“I am not sure about that. It is probably too early to tell. We have to see how he is when he gets in a competitive environment. I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on him. I think right now all we are looking for is for him to be able to get one batter with his stuff then turn one batter into one inning and then see where we can go from there,” said Pepicelli.