OXFORD, Miss. (WCIA) — Ty Weber will be the starting pitcher for Illinois Baseball in the first game of the NCAA Tournament against Clemson.
It’s a change-up from the normal routine for the Illini, who normally throw Andy Fisher on Friday’s, but head coach Dan Hartleb says he liked the matchup against Clemson and Weber says he’s ready for the challenge.
“It means a lot that Coach Hartleb has a lot of confidence in me but again, it’s just another game that we’re going in expecting to win and I feel like I’ve hit a groove the last couple of weeks,” says Weber. “Me and our pitching coach Drew have really worked together a lot and I’ve figured out a little more command success in my pitches and that’s really helped me go a little deeper in games.”
“We felt like this was a good matchup against Clemson,” says Hartleb. “We’re lucky that we have two to three pitchers that we feel like we can throw anytime and they’re interchangeable.”
Illinois will face Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 31 at 3pm CT.