Burnette watched the ball go over the fence but wasn't sure if he got it up enough to make it over the fence. When he arrived at home plate, he was mobbed by his teammates. "That's just a great feeling," said Burnette. "It's one of those things you think about as a kid when you're at the park."
Chase was looking for a particular pitch rather than location on that final at-bat. "He threw me two fast balls for balls and then came with a slider for a strike so I figured he was he was going to get another slider by me."
Burnette has been a big part of the team's success thus far this season and Friday night was another example of that. "Chase Burnette, what can I say," said Coach Danny Hall. "That was special right there." "There's not a single part of this team that is weak," said Burnette. "It's a really fun team to play with."
With Kevin Jacob out with a shoulder injury, Andrew Robinson has assumed the closer's role and has done it in magnificent style. Friday night he turned in one of his best performances of the year shutting down Clemson with the bases loaded and only one out to give Chase Burnette the chance to win the game.
Robinson came into the game with Clemson's leading RBI and home run man at the plate. He got the big out by striking out Kyle Parker. "I was looking for a ground ball to get the double play and get out of there but the strike out worked perfect." "We felt like our best chance was to get Parker, their best home run guy to hit into a double play," said Coach Hall. "Robbie pitched him tough and struck him out."
Robinson only threw a few of his sweeping breaking balls but they were coming across good. "I struck out Parker on the fast ball which was good," said Robinson. "I thought that was the perfect pitch in that situation." Robinson felt that Parker was sitting on the off-speed pitch and wasn't looking for the fast ball.
Robinson has been in many situations like Friday night's but he still finds that he has to calm himself down. Robinson has an unusual way of doing that. "I try to joke a little bit because if I get all hyped-up I get wild," said Robinson. "I just try to joke around some with the guys, while I'm warming up, like Cole (Leonida) and Skolie (Matt Skole). Whatever they've done it's worked and Robinson has been a major contributor out of the bullpen.