Harman gets the nod

Casey Harman will toe the rubber with one more weapon in his arsenal of pitches on Friday when Clemson hosts Miami (Ohio) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday.

The Tigers' most reliable pitcher from a year ago has added a curve-ball to compliment a fastball and change-up.

"It was mainly my choice. It was something I did my freshman summer. It helped me has a successful summer," he said. "I kind of let go of it last year. I thought about it in the fall more and started throwing it. It turned out to be working pretty well, so I kept it."

The pitch is delivered from a three-quarter arm slot, which he said makes it more of a slurve.

As a sophomore, Harman had a 7-3 record, one save, and 3.95 ERA in 22 appearances (6-1 in his 13 starts). He was tied for the team lead in wins, tied for eighth in the ACC in wins and was ninth in strikeouts. His 5.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the second-best mark in Clemson history.

Clemson coach Jack Leggett has elected to have Harman throw Friday with Scott Weismann scheduled for Saturday's game versus Michigan State in Greenville. Sunday's finale against Furman will feature Kevin Brady as the starter.

In relief for those three this weekend will be a number of different names as Leggett tries to find the right pieces in the bullpen.

Tomas Cruz has experience as a closer, saving four games a year ago. He's back in the bullpen working in relief and competing for that role. Freshmen Dominic Leone and Scott Firth will work out of the bullpen, along with senior spot starter and long-reliever Justin Sarratt

"We've got some other kids that I think have come along strong. We've got some depth that way," Leggett said. "We've got to figure out their roles and they've got to grow up pretty quick."

He's also going to be working with three catchers this season. John Nester and Phil Pohl return with freshman Spencer Kiebornn now in the mix.

"We'll probably rotate them in a little bit, play the hot hitter," Leggett said. "They're all capable defensively. If we can do that, play them at different times in the games, different situations, we'll figure out a way to keep them busy.

"They're all good enough player to play for us."

Last season when Harman was on the mound with the ball in his hand, it was Nester receiving behind the plate.

"We work very well together," Harman said. "We're roommates, been roommates for the third year now. He knows me well, I know him well. We're on the same page with everything."

First-pitch for Friday's game versus Miami is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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