By Trey McCurry.
Monday was parents day at Doug Kingsmore and both Jason Stolz and Kevin Pohle made their families proud with outstanding performances.
TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with both following Monday’s doubleheader.
On winning the series against top-ranked Florida State:
Coming off the last game, you cannot be completely satisfied with the weekend but it is definitely a lot to build off. I think it shows that we can play with anybody in the country and that gives us confidence going forward. If someone had told us coming in we would have taken the series, we definitely would take it. But even once the first two games were over, we stayed hungry and wanted the last one. We showed that we are not intimidated by anyone when we come to the ballpark and can play with anyone in the country.
On the team’s improvement since late March:
I feel like we have started to do a lot of things better. Obviously, the big losses to the pitching staff have made other guys step up. We have had our backs to the wall a little bit and we just go out and play as hard as we can.
On hitting a home run and having four RBI on Senior Day:
If any day was a good day to hit a homer, it was today. It would have felt a whole lot better in a win, but every day with a homer is good.
On potentially making some noise in the ACC Tournament and postseason:
I think we have been a team that can make noise all season; we just have to put the pieces together. We have the tools and I think we can definitely take this weekend and run with it.
On his second straight strong outing:
It was pretty big. We have a short week with Furman tomorrow and Wake Forest starting Thursday. My last two starts have been big for me, especially compared to the two previous ones. It is good to have my confidence rolling into Wake and the postseason.
On what he has focused on his last two outings:
I am just continuing to work on keeping the ball down. When I leave the ball up, that is when I am giving up balls in the gap. When I can keep it down, I am getting ground balls and letting the guy’s field behind me.
On pitching with a lead this afternoon:
It brings a little weight off you, but as I learned at Georgia Tech, you cannot let up focus. You have to go out there, either between innings or in the game, and stay warm and focused.
On the pitching going forward:
We have Haselden going tomorrow. He works hard and you know he can give you some innings. For Patrick (Andrews), it was big to get some innings in for the postseason and Firth was able to continue to get his work in. From a staff point, it is good for us all to be getting more experience.