By Trey McCurry.
TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with Clemson pitcher David Haselden as he prepares for the Orange Purple scrimmages in Doug Kingsmore this weekend.
Q: Looking back on last year, what are your thoughts a few months later?
A: Last year we had a solid team, with a lot of young guys stepping up on the mound. This year our core group of pitchers are one year better, and we have some young guys ready to fill in for the talented guys we lost to the draft. I was very proud to be a part of a team that started off on the wrong foot and bounced back so well at the end of the season.
Q: How would you reflect on your time at Clemson?
A: My time at Clemson has had a huge influence on me as a baseball player and a person. I could not have made a better decision than to come here.
Q: What are some things that you have been looking forward to during Fall Ball?
A: This fall, I am excited to see who will be ready to go of the guys who are returning, as well as the new players. We have the potential to have a deep pitching staff this year with lots of competition. Also, since we lost a lot of key hitters to the draft, we need to find out who is going to step up at the plate. We have plenty of talent, it is just a matter of filling the empty roles from last year.
Q: How does it feel to be a senior and one of the team leaders?
A: Being a senior is great, except for the fact that they make me graduate this year. I like the opportunity that the seniors have to show the younger guys how Clemson plays, because we will be relying on a lot of them this year.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?
A: The thing I am looking forward to the most in 2012 is opening day. We have a lot of quality teams on the schedule every year, but the first game makes me feel like a freshman every time