Clemson defeated Florida State 8-5 Saturday afternoon to win the series over the Noles. The Tigers won 25 of their final 30 games to finish the regular season and their final six ACC series.
Jonathan Meyer got the start for the Tigers. Meyer went 4.1 innings and gave up five hits and three earned runs. David Haselden got the win for the Tigers going 2.2 innings and gave up no hits and no runs. Scott Weismann picked up sixth save of the season.
Clemson took an early lead in the top of the second. Richie Shaffer reached on a wild pitch after striking out. Jeff Schaus and Chris Epps both walked to load the bases. Spencer Kieboom hit a sacrifice fly to score Shaffer. Jason Stolz hit into a doubleplay to end the inning. After the top of the second the Tigers led 1-0.
In the fourth inning the Tigers got their first hit. Richie Shaffer hit a leadoff homerun to left field to put the Tigers up 2-0. It was Richie’s tenth homerun on the season. Jeff Schaus and Chris Epps walked following the homerun. Spencer Kieboom singled to score Schaus and Epps scored on an error. Kieboom scored on a sacrifice fly by Hinson to put the Tigers up 5-0.
Florida State got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a James Ramsey three-run homer.
The Tigers added another run in the fifth. With one out Will Lamb reached on a bunt single then stole second. Jeff Schaus singled to left field with two outs to score Lamb. The Tigers led 6-3 After the top of the fifth.
The Noles threatened again in the bottom of the fifth. Thanks to two walks and a single the bases were loaded with one out. David Haselden came in to pitch for the Tigers and got the final two outs without allowing a run.
Kevin Brady came in to pitch for the Tigers in the eighth. The Noles got two runs to cut the lead to one at 6-5.
John Hinson gave the Tigers some insurance in the ninth. With one out Hinson hit a solo homerun to right center. Jon McGibbon singled to third. Steve Wilkerson came in to run for McGibbon. Brad Miller singled up the middle advancing Wilkerson to third. Will Lamb reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Wilkerson. Jeff Schaus singled to right and Lamb tried to score from second but was thrown out at the plate. Clemson led 8-5 going to the bottom of the ninth.
Scott Weismann came in and set the Noles down in order in the ninth.
The Tigers moved to 39-17 overall and 17-13 in the ACC with the victory. Clemson will play Georgia Tech, Florida State and NC State in the ACC Tournament next week.