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September 23, 2013
The conversation wasn't easy, and Hunter Privette didn't take it well.
After barely contributing to the 2012 national runner-up team - 9.2 innings pitched, 14 strikeouts, two walks and a 1.82 ERA, Privette hoped 2013 would be the year that the submarine right-hander from Hartsville by way of Florence Darlington Tech would contribute.
It didn't happen.
Instead, head coach Chad Holbrook redshirted Privette, already a senior last year - and the anger he flashed at the news was precisely what Holbrook wanted to see.
"He didn't take it well," Holbrook said. "He didn't take it well, and I respect that more that he took it that way.
"He wanted to play last year because he felt he could help the team last year. I love Hutner Privette,a nd the conversations, I think this was best for him, to have more of a prominent role on this year's team than last year's team. That was the decision-making process. I think that's going to ring true, but he still has to go out there and pitch well, and I have no doubt that he will."
So far through two scrimmages, Privette has also shown flashes -some good, some bad. His first appearance was encouraging - two innings pitched, one hit, no runs, two strikeouts. His second appearance this past Friday night wasn't - two innings, eight hits, three runs allowed, a walk and two strikeouts to bring his fall ERA to 6.75.
"He didn't throw like Hunter normally throws this weekend, but that's OK," Holbrook said. "He'll be fine. He was outstanding the first weekend, and I expect he'll be like that more often than not. He'll throw like he threw the first weekend. That's the real Hunter Privette in my book."
Holbrook said the benefit to redshirting Privette last year already is obvious, at least to the coaches.
"He's a leader in the program," Holbrook said. "Players look up to him. He's a clean-cut kid, does things right off the field. He's older, there's a maturity. He's got some confidence.
"He's one of those senior leaders you like to have on your team."
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