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Clemson Takes Series from Florida State

Some offensive heroics earned the Tigers the series win over rival FSU

Capital One Orange Bowl - Clemson v Oklahoma Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Game 1: FSU 3 Clemson 2 (13)

A pitchers’ duel opened the series for the Tigers and the Noles as the two teams were deadlocked in a scoreless tie going into the sixth. A RBI single for Cal Raleigh in the sixth and a Rhett Aplin solo homer in the seventh gave FSU the 2-0 lead, but Clemson wasn’t done yet. A Drew Wharton sac fly scored Chris Williams in the seventh and Logan Davidson singled in the eigth, bringing around Jordan Greene to tie the game up. Neither team would score again until the thirteenth when Seminole right fielder Stephen Wells went yard, putting FSU up 3-2. Clemson was unable to get anything going in the bottom half of the inning and FSU took game one. The victory was win number 1,976 for FSU head coach Mike Martin, putting him ahead of the late Augie Garrido for most wins all time in College Baseball history. Former Tiger coach and long time Martin rival Jack Leggett was in attendance and congratulated Martin following the game.

Clemson 12 FSU 7

Sunday saw the bats come alive for both teams, but the Tigers came out on top of the shootout. FSU got things going with a 2 run first inning, but Patrick Cromwell answered with a two RBI single in the bottom half to tie things up. Grayson Byrd, Seth Beer, and Chris Williams all went deep for Clemson and every Tiger that batted finished with at least a hit on the day. Brooks Crawford went five innings tonget his sixth with of the season, and set up the rubber match for Monday.

Clemson 5 FSU 4

Logan Davidson got it going in the third with a two run opposite field homer to give Clemson the 2-0 lead. The Noles manufactured a run before adding three unearned runs in a disasterous fifth inning for catcher Kyle Wilkie, who had two throwing errors and a pass ball to allow the runs. But Wilkie came through offensively for the Tigers in the seventh with a two out single that extended the inning and set up Seth Beer’s two run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Freshman Sam Hall, who got the start at second, moved to leftfield after Jordan Greene entered the game as a pinch hitter and took over second. Hall made a pair of impressive grabs in the top of the ninth to put the Seminoles away. During the middle of the ninth, Queen’s “We Will Rock You“ blared over the speakers, calling back to an epic moment in Death Valley from Clemson’s 2009 football victory over FSU.

Hall led off the bottom of the inning with a strikeout, but Greene had the answer as he launched a walk off solo shot to left field, giving Clemson the 5-4 lead. The win moves Clemson to 36-12 overall and 19-8 in the ACC, putting them two and half games ahead of NC State in the ACC Atlantic. The Tigers return to action Wednesday night when they host Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 PM