By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – No. 1 Florida State avoided the sweep defeating the Tigers 9-5 Monday night at Doug Kingsmore. The Noles put up ten hits and six runs in the first three innings and never looked back.
Jonathan Meyer got the start for the Tigers but had an early exit. Meyer went 2.1 innings and gave up ten hits, six runs and six earned runs. Patrick Andrews came in for Meyer in the third and pitched had his longest outing as a Tiger. Andrews went 6.2 innings and only gave up six hits, three runs and three earned runs.
Clemson scored five runs on nine hits. Jason Stolz was 2-4 with four RBIs including a three-run homerun. Richie Shaffer went 2-5 while Phil Pohl went 1-4 with one RBI.
Florida State took control of the game early. The Noles plated two runs in the first and four runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead.
Clemson got on the board in the bottom of the third. With one out Thomas Brittle walked. Richie Shaffer singled down the left field line advancing Brittle to third. Phil Pohl hit a sacrifice fly to right center scoring Brittle to make the score 6-1.
The Tigers added another in the fourth. With two outs Brad Felder doubled to right field. Jason Stolz doubled down the left field line to score Felder.
The Noles broke the game open with three more runs in the top of the fifth to take a commanding 9-2 lead.
In the sixth inning the Tigers battled back. Spencer Kieboom walked with one out followed by a walk to Brad Felder. Jason Stolz hit a three-run homerun to cut the lead to 9-5.
With the loss the Tigers fell to 31-21 overall and 16-11 in the ACC. Clemson battles Furman Tuesday night in the final regular season game at Doug Kingsmore.