Greensboro, NC – Jon McGibbon hit a three run homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Tigers over No. 1 Florida State 9-7 Friday night at NewBridge Bank Park. It was the first win of the season for the Tigers when trailing entering the ninth inning.
Clemson scored nine runs on eleven hits. Jon McGibbon went 3-5 for the Tigers with four RBIs. Spencer Kieboom went 2-4 with two critical RBIs in the eighth inning. Phil Pohl went 2-5 for the Tigers.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers but left early. Leone pitched 2.1 innings and gave up six hits, four runs and four earned runs. Kevin Brady came in to relieve Leone in the third and worked out of trouble. Brady went 1.2 innings and only gave up one hit and no runs. David Haselden pitched 3.2 innings and gave up four hits, three runs and three earned runs. Patrick Andrews finished things off for the Tigers going the final 1.1 innings without giving up a hit.
Clemson took the lead in the bottom of the second. With two outs Jason Stolz walked and then stole second. Brad Felder reached on a throwing error with Stolz scoring on the play. After two the Tigers led 1-0.
Florida State chased Dominic Leone from the game in the third. Four singles, a double and a walk and the Noles had the lead 4-1.
In the bottom of the fourth Phil Pohl doubled off the wall. With one out Jon McGibbon doubled down the right field line to score Pohl and the Tigers trailed 4-2.
Florida State bounced right back with a run in the top of the fifth to stretch the lead to 5-2.
Clemson cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs Thomas Brittle doubled to right field. Richie Shaffer’s fly ball found a hole in right for another double scoring Brittle. Phil Pohl reached on a fielding error and Shaffer scored on the play to make the score 5-4.
The Noles stretched the lead back to three with two runs in the top of the eighth.
The Tigers rallied back on more time. Joe Costigan pinch hit for Baum and singled. Tyler Slaton ran for Costigan. Jon McGibbon singled to center advancing Slaton to second. Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice and Slaton was out at third. Brad Felder walked to load the bases. Spencer Kieboom singled to right to score McGibbon and Stolz. Steve Wilkerson popped out and Brittle went down on strikes to end the threat. After eight the Tigers trailed 7-6.
In the bottom of the ninth Richie Shaffer went down on strikes to start the inning. Phil Pohl singled up the middle. Dominic Attanasio ran for Pohl. Mike Dunster reached on a infield single before Jon McGibbon hit a three-run walkoff homerun over the right field fence.
Clemson moved to 33-25 with the victory. The Tigers play Georgia Tech Saturday morning at 11 AM. If the Tigers win and Florida State defeats Virginia the Tigers will play in Sunday’s final.