Clemson, SC – The Tigers hit three homeruns as they defeated No. 1 Florida State 7-2 Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore. It was the first ever victory for the Tigers over a No. 1 team at Doug Kingsmore.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers. Leone worked out of trouble in the first inning as the Noles stranded runners on second and third. Leone threw 101 pitches and went five innings only giving up five hits, two runs and two earned runs. Daniel Gossett pitched a gem going four scoreless innings and only giving up two hits to finish the game.
Clemson scored seven runs on nine hits. Spencer Kieboom went 1-4 with a three-run homerun. Brad Felder and Richie Shaffer both went 1-4 with an RBI coming from a solo homerun. Phil Pohl wen 2-4 with two big RBIs to put the game away.
Florida State got on the board first with a run in the top of the second. The lead went to 2-0 when the Noles scored another run in the fifth.
Clemson responded in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Brad Felder hit a solo homerun to right field to make the score 2-1. It was Felder’s sixth homerun of the year.
In the bottom of the sixth Richie Shaffer tied the game with one swing of the bat. With one out Shaffer hit a solo homerun off the left field foul pole. With two outs Jay Baum doubled to left center. Jon McGibbon walked before Spencer Kieboom hit a three-run homerun just over the left fielder’s glove to put Clemson on top 5-2.
The Tigers added some insurance in the seventh. Jason Stolz singled to start the inning. Steve Wilkerson bunted Stolz to second. Thomas Brittle walked before Richie Shaffer flied out. With two away Phil Pohl doubled down the left field line to score Stolz and Brittle and put the Tigers up 7-2.
Clemson moved to 30-20 overall and 15-10 in the ACC with the victory. The Tigers and Noles play game two Sunday at 1 PM. The game time was changed because of weather concerns for Sunday.