Haselden Clemson's Sunday starter

CLEMSON - David Haselden has been a jack-of-all-trades during his first three years on the rubber at Clemson.

Starter, long reliever, middle, relief, set-up or closing, you name it. Haselden's done it all since arriving to the Tigers in 2009.

The senior from Spartanburg has 54 appearances with seven starts in 135 1/3 innings. He has an 11-5 career record with five saves and sports a 3.26 ERA.

"He was there for us, an absolute rock for us [in relief]," said Clemson pitching coach Dan Pepicelli. "The way he's progressed, he worked awful hard in the offseason. His pitch mix has really come along. I think it's time for him to emerge as a starter. We feel really good about him."

Last year, Haselden went 6-1 record with three saves and a 2.23 ERA in 25 appearances. His ERA, which was fifth in the ACC last season, is tops among returning conference pitchers.

Towards the end of his stellar junior campaign, Haselden battled through shoulder problems, which led to a surgery over the summer.

"I had some pain towards the end of the season last year," he said. "I had some discomfort. It wasn't anything structurally wrong…they did the arthroscopic surgery. It was pretty simple and went pretty well."

Haselden didn't throw for two months over the summer, but gradually picked things up as the fall got closer. He's been a full-go for almost two months.

Jack Leggett will call on Haselden to make the Sunday starter for Clemson in this weekend's season opening series against UAB.

"He's going to be a valuable commodity for us, whether it's as a reliever or a starter," Leggett said.

And it's more than throwing strikes, sporting a low ERA, getting the win or picking up the save.

"His leadership qualities have really emerged," Leggett said. "He's been in the program for 3½ years, so he knows what to do. I'm excited about what his role's going to be this year."

Considering the potential Sunday starter is a battle-tested senior, it's a pretty sweet deal for Leggett and Pepicelli.

"We should be strong on the mound, across the board," Haselden said. "We can get some young guys to step up and fill in the bullpen a little bit. If we can do that, we'll be golden."

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