TALLAHASSEE, FL — TCI looks back at Clemson’s 7-3 loss Florida State on Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Tigers (30-6, 14-3 ACC) again jumped out to a quick lead with a first-inning run. Chase Pinder led off with a single and Reed Rohlman reached on a HBP. After a line out to center allowed Pinder to move up a base, Chris Williams singled through the left side to score him and give Clemson a 1-0 lead. The Seminoles (22-15, 8-9 ACC) wasted very little time responding as their lead off batter hit a homer to start a four-run first inning to put them up 4-1. Florida State increased their lead to 7-1 in the third with a three-run homer. The Tigers tried to climb back in it with a single run on a Logan Davidson RBI single in the fifth and a solo homer from Seth Beer in the sixth. Clemson could get no closer and the Seminoles tied the series at 1-1 to set up an important rubber match on Monday night.
The game changed in the early innings for Florida State. They used three homers to bring in six of their seven runs and gave their starting pitcher all the run support he would need.
What went right?
Alex Schnell had a very nice outing out of the bullpen, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Owen Griffith tossed a 123 ninth inning while also picking up a strikeout. Pinder and Beer led the Clemson offense with two hits each while Rohlman (13) and Williams (11) each extended their hitting streaks.
What went wrong?
Alex Eubanks struggled early as a tight strike zone and getting behind in the count caused him to have to bring the ball in and the Seminoles took advantage with seven runs on six hits in 3.0 innings. Offensively, Clemson struggled to build innings as they had multiple hits in just two innings (both of which they scored a run in) while leaving eight runners on base.