By Trey McCurry.
TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with Clemson head coach Jack Leggett and starting pitcher David Haselden following the Tiger’s 9-2 victory over Furman.
On tonight’s game:
Haselden had a really nice outing and pitched well. He was working the strike zone and we played good defense behind him. Furman has a good team, is well coached, and always play us tough. I thought we were able to get some timely hits and build a few good innings. We had contributions from up and down the lineup and it was a good night for those guys.
On Haselden tonight and going forward:
He needs to step up for us down the stretch. We need to get some good innings out of him. He has some experience for us and is one of those guys that we are going to count on heavily. Hopefully this creates some momentum for him and he is feeling good about himself. It is always a nice time to feel good.
On heading to Wake Forest this weekend:
We leave tomorrow and are going up there and treating it as a really big weekend for us. We have some work to do against a really good team. They have some good pitching with two really good lefthanders and then a solid righthander. They also play well at home, and play on turf, so it will be a good challenge for us. We will go with Leone on Thursday for sure and then Pohle will go either the second or third game, we still have to figure that out. Everyone got some heavy work in this weekend, so we will just have to see what feels best. Gossett is also a possibility to start for us as well.
On how the team is playing in general:
We have been playing a lot better the past two months. We just have to keep it up, keep on working at it, and hope everyone continues to step up.
On going a career-high 7.2 innings:
I knew we had a short bullpen and I was trying to go as far as I could, but the pitch count got a little high at the end. I was trying to work my fastball location and just let the defense work behind me. It was a special night for me. The four years went by quick. It was really good to end on my terms and get the strikeout to end my outing. It was just a very good feeling to walk off the mound in front of our home crowd.
On what he has focused on his last two outings:
I worked on a couple of little mechanical things. But I have really just tried to go out there and just pitch and not worry about anything else. Tonight I felt like I did that and really had my fastball working for me.
On stepping up down the stretch:
I feel like we have guys that are stepping up. We have a lot of guys coming around at the right time and our bats are doing the same thing. It is just a whole team effort right now.
On his availability this weekend:
I am planning on it. This time of year, you do not have a lot of choice but to work in some shorter situations. I am just going to take care of my arm and see how I feel this weekend.