No. 9 Florida State downed No. 10 Clemson 6-3 Thursday afternoon at Goodman Field in front of 2,416. The sixth and seventh innings proved to be the difference as the Noles scored two in each inning to take control of the game.
“It’s a pretty simple analysis. We just didn’t do all the things that we’ve been doing for a couple of months. We had a little bit of an off day. We allowed eight base runners on to lead the innings off eight out of nine times, so that’s difficult to overcome. We were dodging bullets all day long. (Sean) Gilmartin did a really good job. There were just a couple of little things here and there that we normally have been doing for the last couple of months defensively, but other than that, we just got outplayed today. That’s all there is to it,” said Leggett.
The Tigers put up ten hits but could only manage three runs. Will Lamb and Phil Pohl both had two hits on the afternoon.
Justin Sarratt got the start for the Tigers. Sarratt went 5 innings for the Tigers giving up six hits and four earned runs. Firth came in and pitched 1.1 innings giving up two hits and one earned run. Joseph Moorefiled faced on batter and gave up an earned run. Frederick, Brady and Weismann finished things off for the Tigers.
Florida State took the lead in the top of the first. Devon Travis singled and Rafael Lopez walked on four pitches. Mike McGee bunted the runners over. James Ramsey hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Travis. After the top of the first the Noles led 1-0.
Clemson bounced right back. With one out Phil Pohl doubled to left center. Brad Miller hit a single to left to score Pohl. After one the score was tied at one.
The Noles took the lead again in the fourth as they plated one run. With two outs Stuart Tapley singled to score Jayce Boyd.
The Tigers threatened in the fifth. Spencer Kieboom hit a leadoff double, but the Tigers couldn’t get him to the plate.
Will Lamb hit a single to right to start the sixth. With one out Jeff Schaus singled up the middle advancing Lamb to third. Chris Epps hit a ground rule double that bounced on the warning track to score Lamb and advance Schaus to third. Jason Stolz hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Schaus. After six the Tigers trailed 4-3.
Florida State plated two more in the seventh to stretch the lead back to three.
Clemson fell to 40-18 on the season. With the loss the Tigers will await the outcome of the Georgia Tech game against Florida State to see if they stay alive for the championship game. If the Jackets win the Tigers will advance to the finals with a victory over NCState. The Tigers will play NC State Saturday at 11 AM.