We’ve done that in the past. Put a SP that you know is not going to pitch in as the starting DH late in the line-up as a place holder. See how the first few innings play out and then plug in a righty or lefty depending on match-ups. Especially on games like last night when both teams are throwing guys for 1 or 2 innings.
As far as pitching depth, both teams were very deep into their bullpen. We were playing our 4th game in 4 days, they were playing 4th in 5 days. I didn’t think their guys were any more impressive than ours, other than their regular closer who they brought in. Pinkney and Cooner were warming but never came in. I’d probably rather seen one of those guys over Czantskowski, but he had just shut out Arkansas for 3 innings last week. Hard to second guess. Might have had a shorter leash than we allowed him though.
All of the guys were on pitch counts with C-USA games looming this weekend.
The base running in the 9th was inexcusable. Terrible read on that ball in the dirt and was thrown out by a mile. Gotta be more aware of the situation you are in at that point.
Also, it sucks playing NC State when they have tons of fans in town already for the ACC Tournament. Too much red last night, not enough green. Our fans that were there were pretty good though.