By Trey McCurry.
By Trey McCurry
CLEMSON, SC — Here is a look back at #1 Florida State’s (19-4, 7-2 ACC) doubleheader sweep over #13 Clemson (14-9, 6-3 ACC) on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
In game one, the Seminoles used two four-run innings to take an easy 11-1 win. Florida State used an 18-hit attack and starter Brandon Leibrandt stymied Clemson hitters the entire game, throwing a complete game while allowing an unearned run on only four hits.
In game two, the Tigers let a 3-0 lead slip away when the bullpen allowed three runs in the top of the seventh. Clemson used two two-out hits in the third to take a 3-0 lead, but the Seminoles fought back with a single run in the sixth before taking the lead in the seventh.
Game one changed during the top of the third inning. After a potential inning-ending double play was botched at second, the Seminoles took advantage with four hits to take a 4-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
Game two changed during the top of the seventh inning. Zack Erwin came in to relieve starter Jake Long and allowed a homer to cut the Tiger lead to 3-2. After a double, Clate Schmidt entered and walked a batter followed by a single to tie the game. Clemson then called on closer Matt Campbell to stop the bleeding, but he allowed a double between two strikeouts that would allow the go-ahead run to score.
What went right?
Not much went right for the Tigers in game one as the only two major highlights of the game were a great tag by Okey at the plate to nail a runner on a throw by Duggar and a triple by Jay Baum that he would come in to score on a throwing error on the play.
Game two was better for the Clemson as Long had a solid start, allowing a single run on three hits in 6.0 innings. The offense showed some life as the Tigers outhit the Seminoles 8-7 and had three extra base hits.
What went wrong?
The muffed double play changed the whole game for Clemson as the rest of the game seemed to be a snowball effect from that one play. The offense was unable to figure out Leibrandt and the pitching staff couldn’t hold the powerful Seminole offense at bay to allow the Tigers to try to get back in the game.
After a solid first six innings the bullpen struggled again, allowing three runs on four hits over the last three innings. Offensively, the Tigers had their chances in the game but were unable to come up with a clutch hit after the three-run third inning and stranded four runners in scoring position while hitting into two double plays.