Clemson’s momentum here at the ACC Tournament came to a halt as the Tigers went down to Florida State 6-3 in Durham Thursday. Both teams are 1-1 in the tournament but unlike the Seminoles, Clemson does not control its own destiny. In fact, the Tigers could be eliminated from the tournament before they take the field again.
The above audio includes Clemson coach Jack Leggett, shortstop Brad Miller and D.H. Phil Phol.
Clemson has tomorrow off but will have to scoreboard watch the 3:00 Georgia Tech-Florida State game. The Tigers will be pulling hard for the Yellow Jackets to win. If that doesn’t happen Saturday morning’s game against N.C. State becomes an exhibition.
Tell me again why the ACC is still using this ridiculous format?
As for the game, Justin Sarratt didn’t have his best stuff on the mound. He gave up a run in the first, one in the fourth and two more in the sixth. He didn’t strikeout a hitter and walked three in his five innings of work. All four of the runs were earned.
Meanwhile Florida ace Sean Gilmartin pitched seven innings, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs en route to his 11th win of the season. The Seminoles picked up a big offensive boost in the sixth inning when right fielder James Ramsey hit a two-run homer to put the Noles up 4-1. Clemson scored two in the bottom half of the inning to cut it to one only to watch Florida State plate two more in the top of the seventh to provide the three run margin that was the difference.
Florida State improves to 41-17 while Clemson falls to 40-18.
Again, Florida State and Georgia Tech will play at 3:00 tomorrow. Clemson returns to the field Saturday morning at 11. The Tigers are hoping that game counts for something other than pride.