Clemson scored seven runs on 13 hits to defeat Florida State 7-4 Friday night. With the win the Tigers secured the sixth seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.
Justin Sarratt got the start for the Tigers. Sarratt pitched 5.1 innings and only have up two earned runs on five hits.
Will Lamb went 3-5 with three RBIs and his second homerun of the year. Jeff Schaus and Brad Miller were both also 3-5.
The Tigers took the lead in the second. With two outs Chris Epps hit a solo homerun to right center
Clemson exploded for four runs in the third. Jason Stolz walked to start the inning. John Hinson tripled to right center to score Stolz. Phil Pohl hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Hinson from third. Brad Miller singled up the middle. Will Lamb singled to left and advanced to third on a throwing error while Miller scored on the play. Jeff Schaus just missed his first homerun of the year as he doubled off the top of the wall to score Lamb. After the top of the third the Tigers led 5-0.
Brad Miller hit a leadoff single in the fifth. Will Lamb followed with a two-run homerun to center to put Clemson up 7-0. The damage could have been worse in the fifth as the Tigers left the bases loaded.
Florida State got on the board in the sixth. Lopez was hit by a pitch, Johnson singled and McGee walked to load the bases. With one out Boyd singled to score the Noles first run. Kevin Brady came in to pitch for the Tigers. Kevin struckout the first batter before being called for a balk to score the Noles second run. Brady got the final out with another strikeout. After six the Tigers led 7-2.
Kevin Brady came back out to pitch in the seventh and set the Noles down in order with a pop fly and two more stikeouts.
Florida State plated two more runs in the eighth to make the score 7-4 Tigers going to the ninth.
The Tigers threatened in the ninth to add some insurance. Richie Shaffer walked before Jeff Schaus singled. With one out Jon McGibbon walked to load the bases. Jason Stolz went down on strikes and John Hinson flied out to center field to end the inning.
Scott Weismann came in to get the final four outs for the Tigers. The Noles stranded two in the bottom of the ninth. Weismann picked up his fifth save of the season.
Clemson moved to 38-17 with the victory and 16-13 in the ACC.