Hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day! The Tigers got off to a rotten start today with Holt Jones making his first career start after serving his 4-game suspension and not pitching for 2 weeks. He started by walking his first 3 batters, and Monte Lee nipped it in the bud by bringing Hennessy in from the pen with the bases loaded and no outs. Hennessy gave up a run on a single, another on a double play and a third with a 2-out wild pitch. The Tigers have probably given up more runs on wild pitches and passed balls than any team in the nation.
The Tigers would never get out of that early 3-0 hole. They scored one in the 2nd with singles by Wilkie, Hawkins and Hawkins, but State would score another run with a double and a single off Hennessy in the 4th and 3 more runs in the 6th. Griffith started that inning for Hennessy and started the inning with a walk on full count. a couple singles and a double later, it was 7-1. Griffith didn't even finish the inning--Monte brought in Weatherly from the pen.
Michael Green remained hot with a 2-run HR in the 7th after a Majkowski single, but it was too little too late. The story was the same as it has been since the middle of the season: the Tigers' pitching is just not up to par. It's just not what we're used to seeing from Coach See, and it will leave Monte with a lot of questions in the off season.
Monte moved Sam Hall back to the leadoff spot today despite the successful move to the 6 hole in yesterday's game and he went 0-5. He had the game-winning hit in the 10th yesterday but is in a dreadful slump. He's just 4 for his last 36 over the last 8 games. The Tigers fall to 13-14 in the ACC with one more series remaining against Wake at home next weekend.