Clemson scored six runs on ten hits Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 8-6 to Florida State. With the win the Noles wrapped up the Atlantic Division.
Chris Epps and Johns Hinson were both 2-4 for the Tigers. Richie Shaffer was 2-5 including a homerun.
Brad Miller hit a solo homerun in the first to put the Tigers on top.
Florida State responded in the bottom of the first with a solo homerun from Rafael Lopez to tie the game 1-1.
The Noles plated three runs in the third to take the lead 4-1. Dominic Leone was chased in the fourth as Florida State plated two more runs to lead 6-1 after four.
The Tigers did some damage in the fifth. With one out Chris Epps singled to left field. Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice. John Hinson reached on catcher’s interference. Phil Pohl singled up the middle to score Stolz and Hinson.
Florida State responded with another run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 7-3.
Richie Shaffer hit a leadoff homerun in the sixth to cut the lead to three.
The Noles once again responded as they plated another run in the bottom of the sixth to lead 8-4.
Clemson rallied in the eighth. With one out Jeff Schaus walked and then stole second. With two outs Chris Epps singled to center to score Schaus. Jon McGibbon singled to right. John Hinson singled to score Epps. Phil Pohl walked to load the bases. The Tigers had things right where they wanted them with the bases loaded and Brad Miller at the plate. With the count full Miller went down on strikes to end the inning and the rally.
Clemson fell to 37-17 overall and 15-13 in the ACC with the loss. The Tigers and Noles play game two Friday night. Clemson needs one more win or an NC State loss to secure the sixth seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.