Florida State batted around in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past Clemson 9-6 on Sunday in ACC baseball. The victory clinched the series for the Seminoles, while handing Clemson its second straight weekend setback in league play.
Sunday’s final score was nearly identical to the Tigers’ 9-5 victory on Saturday and began just as well for Clemson. Kier Meredith jump started a 4-run inning with a one-out single to center which was promptly followed by a James Parker base hit. Both runners came home on Caden Grice’s double into left field, plating his team-leading 48th and 49th RBIs of the season. Bryar Hawkins followed with an RBI single, before Blake Wright drove in Hawkins with a two-out single. Wright, who was starting just his eighth game of the year, was 2-for-4 on the day with 3 RBIs.
The Seminoles dug into the 4-0 deficit in the 2nd inning, by scoring three times on a 2-run double from 9th place hitter Jackson Greene and an RBI single from Tyler Martin. Florida State moved ahead in the third on back-to-back bases loaded walks to Martin and Logan Lacey. For the afternoon, Clemson pitching walked a total of nine FSU batters: three each by the trio of Nick Clayton, Nick Hoffman, and Geoffrey Gilbert.
The game remained a 5-4 Florida State lead until the top of the sixth inning when Wright hit his first home run of the season. The two run shot to left center gave the Tigers a 6-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth. That’s when the Seminoles roared back with a four-spot highlighted by a double, three singles, three walks, and a wild pitch. The go-ahead runs coming in on a two-run pinch hit single by Davis Hare.
Clemson went down in order on three ground outs in the 9th to fall to 24-23 overall and 16-17 in ACC play. Hoffman took the loss for the Tigers working 4 & 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three K’s. FSU reliever Jack Anderson improved to 2-0 on the year, tossing two innings of shutout baseball.
The Tigers do not have a midweek game in preparation for their final ACC series of the season with Duke. The first game against the Blue Devils is set for Thursday at 6pm at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.