Pitching Leads To Strong Start
Clemson came into conference play on shaky ground, but outstanding performances by the pitching staff have lead to a 5-1 start in conference play. The weekend starters have been very solid, and the bullpen had a great weekend in College Park.
Josh Cribb had another solid outing Friday night. Cribb struck out seven in seven innings giving up just three runs on five hits. Cribb improved his record to 2-2. A positive coming out of the bullpen Friday night was Daniel Moskos. Moskos, a true freshman, has had a very rough start to the year, but Moskos was able to come in and pitch one scoreless inning on Friday. Coach Jack Leggett has stressed that Moskos will have to be counted upon for late season success.
Kris Harvey got off to rough start giving up three runs in the first inning against Maryland, but only gave up one run over the next six innings before yielding to Stephen Faris. Faris once again was lights out. Faris pitched the final six innings without giving up a run improving on his ACC best 0.52 ERA, while picking up the win.
Robert Rohrbaugh had perhaps his best start of the year on Saturday. Rohrbaugh struck out a career high nine in seven innings picking up the win to improve his record to 2-1. Stephen Clyne continued to pitch well just a little over a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Clyne has maintained a perfect ERA 0.00 in his six appearances. With a few more innings, he will challenge Faris for the ACC lead.
The staff has keyed the strong start. Coach Leggett knew with a young group of bats his pitching staff would be counted on early. This yet again will be a tough week for the Tigers as they play five games in a row against ranked opponents. The Tigers will be home Tuesday and Wednesday versus Coastal Carolina before heading to Tallahassee this weekend.