Coming off Wednesday night’s win over Michigan State, when Clemson used eight pitchers, the Tiger bullpen was thin and with a double header coming up on Saturday it was imperative for the Tigers to use a few pitchers as possible Friday against Georgia Tech.
Clemson head coach Monte Lee knew how important it was for the Tigers to save the bullpen for the double header in its first conference series.
“We felt like we needed to get through this game with two guys,” said Lee. “I talked to Coach See before the game and we were hoping we’d be able to get through it with Hennessy and Miller.”
Jacob Hennessy put together his best start of the season, throwing seven plus innings allowing six hits and two runs while striking out seven and not allowing a walk.
Ryan Miller appeared in relief for a pair of innings allowing two hits and striking out one, earning the win.
Coach Lee was relieved Hennessy and Miller finished the job because of how it set his team up for the double header on Saturday. “We have a lot of guys behind our starters at our disposal to use out of the bullpen,” Lee said.
Hennessy pitched arguably his best start of the season Friday night and pushed his pitch count to 93. He knew the situation in the bullpen and how important it was to get as much out of the start as possible.
“My goal was to go 9 but I wanted to go out and take each inning separately having the best inning I could,” said Hennessy. “I wanted to build on that, throwing strikes and go as deep as I could.”
With the long start and quality relief outing from Miller the Clemson bull pen is in nice shape for Saturday’s double header beginning at noon with game two 50 minutes later.