The Seminoles, who clinched the ACC Atlantic Division title win the victory, improved to 41-11 overall and 22-5 in the ACC. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, fell to 31-21 overall and 16-11 in ACC play.
The Seminoles scored two runs in the first inning and four runs in the third inning
to build a 6-0 lead. After Florida State scored three runs in the fifth inning to
take a 9-2 lead, Jason Stolz hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to bring the
Tigers within four runs. But righty relievers Gage Smith and Robert Benincasa shut
the door and preserved the Seminole win.
Smith (2-0), the third of four Florida State pitchers, earned the win by tossing 2.1
hitless and scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Benincasa pitched a perfect ninth
inning with two strikeouts to close out the game.
Tiger starter Jonathan Meyer (2-5) suffered the loss, as he allowed six runs on 10
hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Patrick Andrews pitched a career-long 6.2 innings out
of the bullpen and gave up three runs.
The Seminoles wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning.
Sherman Johnson led off with a single through the right side and advanced to third
on Devon Travis' double down the left-field line. James Ramsey reached on a
fielder's choice to Meyer, who turned and threw to third to retire Johnson. Jayce
Boyd was hit-by-pitch to load the bases, then Stephen McGee lofted a sacrifice fly
down the right-field line to score Travis. Josh Delph followed with a two-out single
through the left side to plate Ramsey.
In the second inning, Seth Miller led off with a single to right field and Jose
Brizuela walked after being down in the count 0-2. Johnson reached on a bunt single
to load the bases with no outs, but Meyer retired the next three Seminoles without
allowing a run.
The Seminoles added four runs to their lead in the top of the third inning thanks to
five-straight hits. With one out, Delph lined a 1-2 pitch to left-center for a
single, then John Nogowski lined another 1-2 pitch for a single, this time to left
field. Miller followed with a single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch to score Delph,
then Brizuela laced a triple down the right-field line to score Nogowski and Miller.
Johnson then belted a 1-2 pitch down the right-field line for a double to plate
In the bottom of the third inning, Thomas Brittle drew a one-out walk on 10 pitches
after being down in the count 0-2, then Shaffer singled down the left-field line to
move Brittle to third base. Brittle scored on Phil Pohl's sacrifice fly to
Clemson cut further into the Seminoles' lead in the fourth inning. Brad Felder
ripped a two-out double to right field and Stolz grounded a double over the
third-base bag to score Felder.
The Seminoles responded with three runs in the fifth inning. Nogowski led off with a
single through the right side and Miller walked. After Brizuela walked on four
pitches to load the bases with no outs, Johnson belted a 1-2 pitch down the
right-field line for a double to score Nogowski and Miller. Two batters later,
Ramsey lofted a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Brizuela.
In the sixth inning, Spencer Kieboom and Felder both drew one-out walks, then Stolz
blasted a three-run homer to left-center, his fifth long ball of the season.
Johnson led Florida State's 16-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with two doubles, three
RBIs, and two walks, as he tied his career high for hits and reached base in all six
of his plate appearances. Nogowski and Miller totaled three hits and two runs
apiece, while Delph added two hits. Florida State put six of its leadoff batters on
base as well.
Stolz led the Tigers with a homer, double, and a career-high four RBIs. Shaffer
added two hits for the Tigers, who totaled nine hits, but only put one leadoff
batter on base. Wilkerson went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
With the loss on Monday night, Clemson split the doubleheader, ending its streak of
six consecutive doubleheader sweeps dating to 2010. Since the beginning of the 2010
season, the Tigers are 18-2 in doubleheader games, as their only two losses came to
teams ranked #1 in the nation, including at top-ranked Virginia in 2010.
Clemson will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Furman at 6:30 PM at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. It will be Clemson's last regular-season home game in 2012.
Seminoles salvage final game
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