Clemson lost their first three ACC series of the season to Duke, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, but Saturday the Tigers claimed their first league scalp by knocking off Florida State 6-2 in Tallahassee. The Tigers bounced back to win the series after dropping the opener Thursday night.
The story of the day for Clemson was Caden Grice. He did it all, on the mound and at the plate. He was the Tigers’ starter and pitched into the seventh allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 2 and improved to 2-1 on the season.
Grice allowed just one Seminole to reach second thru the first six innings. He yielded a two-run homer in the seventh and was lifted for Nick Clayton who allowed just one hit over the final 2.2 innings.
At the plate, Grice was 2-for-4 including a second inning grand slam, part of a five run outburst that gave Clemson a 6-0 lead. The Tigers’ other two runs came from a Blake Wright, two-out RBI double in the first, and a two-out RBI single by Cooper Ingle in the second ahead of Grice’s slam. All six Clemson runs came with two out.
Freshman centerfielder Cam Cannarella also had a nice day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four singles, and he scored twice. He is batting a team high .442 on the season.
The Tigers are 19-14 overall and 4-8 in the ACC and will play at Georgia Tuesday night.