DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 12 Clemson Tigers scored 18 runs in the first four innings and held on for an 18-13 victory over No. 11 Florida State to win the ACC Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Sunday. The Tigers, who won their ninth game in a row and finished 4-0 in the ACC Tournament, improved to 42-18 on the season. It was also Clemson’s 15th ACC championship, 10th ACC Tournament title (a conference record) and first since 2006. The Seminoles dropped to 37-20 and ended 3-1 in the ACC Tourney.
Clemson jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning thanks to Chris Okey’s run-scoring double. The Tigers scored five runs in the second inning, capped by Reed Rohlman’s two-run single. In the third inning, Clemson added five runs, led by Chase Pinder’s three-run triple. An inning later, the Tigers scored five runs, keyed by two-run doubles by Chris Williams and Okey. Florida State scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and eight runs in the eighth inning, but fell short.
Tiger reliever Alex Bostic (4-2) earned the win by tossing 4.0 innings, allowing one hit, no runs and three walks with eight strikeouts. Ed Voyles (1-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up one hit, six runs (one earned) and two walks with two strikeouts in 1.0 innings pitched in a game that had three weather delays lasting a combined four hours and 48 minutes. After the third and final delay, ACC ERA leader Pat Krall came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th for the Tigers and made short work of the Seminoles to secure the Championship.
Clemson DH and grad student Mike Triller was named the ACC Tournament MVP despite having only 27 at bats for the season coming into the week. Also making the All-Tournament Team were Clemson pitchers Clate Schmidt, Pat Krall and Left Fielder Reed Rohlman.
Clemson was named one of the 16 NCAA Regional host sites shortly after the conclusion of the game. The NCAA Selection Show is Monday at noon on ESPNU. After ending the season with 9 straight wins and sweeping the ACC Tournament, the Tigers have an excellent case for securing one of the eight national seeds.