The temptation certainly was there.
One after another, Tennessee starters worked through their designated innings without much trouble while looking capable of adding to their workloads.
But Dave Serrano had a script for the opening weekend of the baseball season. And while the way the Vols were pitching at least made him consider a rewrite or two, ultimately he stuck with the plan while coming away with a sweep of a doubleheader and the series against Northern Illinois on Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
"This was a big step," said Serrano, whose team won 10-5 and 7-2 Saturday. "It answered some questions.
"I saw some really good things, I saw some things that we're going to have to clean up a little bit. I got to see where our shortcomings are, but I said this all along, I'm really excited about what I see materializing with this young pitching staff."
The first-year coach choreographed the set with the Huskies (0-3) to get an evaluation on a handful of his young hurlers without pushing any of them too far early in the season, starting with a cap on four innings for his starters.
But with Drew Steckenrider breezing through his outing on Friday night, and Zack Godley and Nick Blount following that up with four scoreless innings apiece to keep the earned run average at zero for the UT starters, Serrano admitted having some thoughts about letting them work a little more.
He even gave in with Carter Watson impressing in a four-inning stint in relief of Blount in the finla game to close the weekend, but with the Vols (3-0) suppling plenty of offensive support and turning in a few more sparkling defensive plays as well, Serrano was able to blend his molding of the pitching staff with the desire just to win the game.
"I'm pretty sure he's definitely set on the way he's going," Godley said after holding the Huskies down to open the day. "You could tell on Friday night when Steckenrider threw, because he was going great through the fourth inning and came out like that.
"Coach has said he's going to get us into working the best we can do throughout the whole season. It's a marathon, not a sprint."
The Vols are clearly building for the long haul, though they certainly didn't mind getting off to such a fast start to begin the race.
Godley needed just 40 pitches to get through his four innings, striking out three and while allowing three hits without a walk.
Nick Williams earned the save and worked even more economically, needing just 19 pitches to retire all eight batters he faced after the game tightened up in the seventh.
And while Blount and Watson need to strain a little harder to get their results, the Vols also weren't complaining about what they produced while teaming up for eight innings of one-run ball.
"I mean, in a way I guess you know how many you're going to go, but I'm going out there focused on one pitch at a time," Blount said. "That's really what I'm trying to do.
"Coach likes to stick to his plans, which is fine. I think that I could have thrown more, but with what he wants me to do right now, that was just fine with me."
The outcome worked out all right for all three games as well.
And while eventually the Vols are going to need to stretch their starters out deeper into games, for now they're in no hurry.
"I've been part of a lot worse, to be honest with you," Serrano joked. "So I was proud of how they handled it.
"I was happy; we got some young guys some work, there's still some more guys to go, but I really liked how we pitched this weekend."
It was almost good enough to make him change a few plans.