TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sunday’s loss to No. 25 Florida State was not a total wash for fourth-ranked Clemson.
It appears the Tigers (30-6, 14-3 ACC) have Seth Beer back. The Clemson outfielder hit his second home run in as many days when he hit a solo home run off Florida State starter Tyler Holton to lead off the sixth inning.
Though the rest of the team struggled to hit anything solid off Holton, Beer was 2-for-2 and drew two of the three walks Holton allowed.
“We just have to go out there and compete with every pitch,” Beer said to The Clemson Insider after the game. “Coming into today we had showed some strengthen in that a little bit, but we just got beat. That is going to happen sometimes.
“You just have to tip your hat to the pitcher. Florida State has been swinging the bats like crazy lately and they have a great ball club. So we are going to come out here tomorrow and do all the little things right and hopefully come out with a victory.”
If Beer can continue to do what he has done in Game’s 1 and 2, then the Tigers will definitely have a chance. On Saturday, he was 3-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBIs, a double and a home run and also drove in the game-winning run with a two-out base hit to right centerfield in the top of the ninth inning.
“Seth is seeing the ball really well,” Clemson head coach Monte Lee said. “He is putting some good swings on it and that is always good to see because we are definitely going to need that big bat in our lineup down the stretch here.”
Beer was not seeing the ball well at all in the seven games prior to the Florida State series. He was just 6-for-29 (.207) in those games, including a 0-for-6 performance against Charleston Southern earlier this week. Before Saturday’s game, Beer had not had three hits in a game in more than a month.
With Beer struggling a little bit and hitting just .252 coming into the FSU series, Lee moved him to the No. 5 spot in the lineup.
“I think Coach moved me down in the order just a tad to have me come up in some situations with guys in scoring position and that kind of stuff,” Beer said. “I think that takes pressure off me and dumbs it down where I can just go up there and do my job with guys in scoring position. I feel like it has taken some of the pressure off me.”
Beer admitted it has helped that his teammates, guys like Chris Williams, Reed Rohlman and Logan Davidson, have been able to pick him up the last few weeks. He is glad he is able to start returning the favor.
“Obviously, Chris has been swinging the bat well and Logan has been swinging the bat well so to be able to back those guys up has been huge,” Beer said.
Beer has backed his teammates up with a 5-for-7 effort in the first two games, which includes two home runs, a double and 5 RBIs.
The rubber match of the series between the Seminoles and Tigers will be at 7 p.m. on Monday and will be televised by ESPNU.