By Trey McCurry.
TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with Daniel Gossett and Richie Shaffer following the Tigers’ 11-0 victory over Winthrop.
On his third straight strong outing:
It all starts with not pitching scared. It is being able to pitch to contact and going out there with the confidence to go out there, throw my stuff, and let my defense back me up. I know they can make plays behind me and I just have to stay away from walks and let them do their jobs. Last week’s outing (at Georgia) was big for me. I went back and watched the tape to see what all I needed to work out. Then I got with Pep and we worked on some stuff that I could go back and fix.
On his 13-strikeout performance:
I honestly had no idea I had when I came out of the game. One of the guys came up to me in the locker room after I came out and told me. I was surprised to be honest. I was just out there throwing to contact and keeping the ball down in the zone.
On getting off to a good start tonight:
I really do not know what has been going on with that. I just worked on trying to carry out to the mound what was working for me in the pen. But you can’t really do that, you just have to go out there and know what works for you.
On possibly getting some relief in this weekend:
I would love to see some time, but at the same time, it has been really good to get a few starts under my belt. It would be great to get some weekend time, but I will just be ready to do whatever the team needs me to do.
On the team’s performance tonight:
It was a great game all around. Goose went out there and did a good job and then we had a good approach at the plate. We tend to face a lot of pitchers during the midweek that try to slow you down and throw off-speed and we just approached it well tonight. We talked some about last week as well. We have been up and down in some of our midweek games where those types of pitchers really gave us fits and then we had the Elon and Georgia series where we swung the bats well. We are just focused on making sure we stayed on the ball and once we got rolling it was hard to stop. Hitting is contagious and we did a good job of keeping it going tonight.
On Gossett’s night on the mound:
He is a good pitcher. He has a lot of potential and talent and will be a really good pitcher down the road. He’s young and will be good for Clemson for the next couple of years. He is starting to throw his slider a better. When he was getting hit, it was with two strikes and he was leaving that slider up a bit. But now he’s coming out and hitting his spots. It is pretty impressive to come out and have 13 Ks.
On the six-run inning:
That is something we have been talking about a lot. Once you get the lead, we want to put the foot on the gas and really creating some separation and ending any of their momentum. We were able to get runners on, not make any mistakes on the base paths, and had some good at-bats that resulted in some big hits. Like I said, hitting is contagious and once one guy got a big hit the next guy does not have as much pressure and is able to relax some and get one too.