By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – The Tigers jumped to a 9-1 after four inning and held on for a 9-7 victory over No. 1 Florida State. The Tigers will go for the sweep later Monday.
Kevin Pohle got the start for the Tigers and pitched well. Pohle went six innings only giving up six hits, three runs and one earned run. Joseph Moorefield came in and faced two batters in the seventh giving up a single and hitting a batter. Clay Bates faced three batters before giving up a walk and hit batter to load the bases. Scott Firth worked got the final two outs of the seventh with the bases loaded. Firth went 2.2 innings and gave up five hits, two runs and two earned runs. Firth got a strikeout to end the game with the bases loaded in the ninth.
The Tigers scored nine runs on nine hits. Brad Felder was 2-4 with two RBIs. Steve Wilkerson went 1-4 with two RBIs while Spencer Kieboom went 1-5 with two RBIs.
Clemson took the lead in the first inning. With two outs Richie Shaffer doubled off the bottom of the left field wall. Phil Pohl singled to left to score Shaffer. Jay Baum doubled down the left field line and Pohl was thrown out at home trying to score. The Tigers led 1-0 after one.
In the bottom of the second inning Clemson plated five runs to break the game open. Jon McGibbon singled to start the inning and Spencer Kieboom reached on an error. Brad Felder singled to center scoring McGibbon. With one out Steve Wilkerson doubled to score McGibbon and Kieboom. Thomas Brittle. Brittle stole second and Wilkerson scored on a throwing error. Richie Shaffer walked and then with two outs Jay Baum was intentionally walked. Jon McGibbon walked to score Brittle and put the Tigers up 6-0 after two.
Florida State got on the board with one in the third.
The Tigers added some insurance in the fourth that was much needed later in the game. Richie Shaffer walked with no outs. With one out Jay Baum walked and Shaffer advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two outs Spencer Kieboom doubled down the left field line scoring Shaffer and Baum. Brad Felder singled up the middle scoring Kieboom to put the Tigers on top 9-1.
In the sixth inning the Noles started to rally. Florida State scored two in the sixth, two in the seventh and two more in the ninth to cut the lead to 9-7 Tigers. Scott Firth got a fly to center and a strikeout with the bases loaded in the ninth to end the contest.
With the victory Clemson moved to 31-20 on the season and 16-10 in the ACC. Clemson and Florida State finish the series Monday night at 6 PM.