Tigers Rally, Beat FSU

CLEMSON – In similar situations when a hit was absolutely needed in the late innings, Clemson catcher Adrian Casanova would practically always be benched for a pinch hitter. On this particular day, Tigers coach Jack Leggett opted to let him hit.

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As it turned out, it was the perfect move as Casanova hit a two-out hopper up the middle that just barely got through the infield that scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth.

From there, No. 7 Clemson went on to grab the 4-3 victory in 10 innings over No. 17 Florida State after Tyler Colvin produced a game-winning single to right, which scored Marquez Smith from second.

"As soon as I saw the second hop, I knew it was through," Casanova said. "The last time I remember doing that was in high school because usually they've taken me out."

Colvin's hit was a grounder that bounded off the glove of diving Seminoles second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr. His hitting the ball slowed it down enough where right fielder Jack Rye virtually had no shot at throwing out Smith.

"I didn't think it was through," Colvin said. "I hit it and I was a little frustrated. But it snuck through somehow."

Clemson's win means it has won a series against the Seminoles (37-14, 14-11 ACC) for the first time in six years. It moves Clemson to 5-6 in one-run games.

It also means should Miami beat Wake Forest Saturday night that the Tigers (38-13, 20-6 ACC) clinch the Atlantic Division title.

This win was different than most during the current 10-game winning streak of Clemson's. The offense didn't pound the opposition into submission. More than anything, defense and pitching were the reason for the victory.

After Tigers starting pitcher Josh Cribb struggled with his control and was taken out after four inning with Florida State leading 3-0, David Kopp and Ryan Hinson were masterful over the final six innings, allowing just three hits and no runs.

Also, Clemson gunned down two Seminole runners trying to score.

"We won it with some pitching, defense and some clutch hitting at the end," Leggett said. "It's an easy thing to do to let up after winning the first ball game. …

"We were a little flat in the first four innings and we couldn't get anything going. But we were able to just hang in there. (Casanova's) grounder had just enough legs to get up the middle. We've been on the other side of them."

Florida State 3 (37-14,14-11 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Shane Robinson cf........  3  1  1  0   2  0  2  0   1
Jack Rye rf..............  5  1  2  0   0  0  3  0   0
Dennis Guinn 1b..........  4  0  1  0   0  0 10  2   1
Buster Posey ss..........  2  0  1  2   1  0  2  0   0
Ryne Malone 3b...........  4  1  2  0   0  0  0  3   0
Ryan Strauss lf..........  2  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   1
 Mark Gildea lf..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Josh Spivey dh...........  3  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
 Travis Anderson ph/dh...  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Tony Thomas, Jr. 2b......  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  2   0
Kyle Maxie c.............  4  0  0  0   0  3  5  1   1
Bryan Henry p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Brent Marsh p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt DiBlasi p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Luke Tucker p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 32  3  8  3   4  4 28 10   6

Clemson 4 (38-13,20-6 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink dh........  5  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
Brad Chalk cf............  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  0   1
Marquez Smith 3b.........  4  2  0  0   0  1  0  2   0
Tyler Colvin lf..........  5  0  1  1   0  1  3  0   1
Travis Storrer rf........  4  0  2  2   0  0  3  1   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  4  1  2  0   0  0  5  5   1
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  0  1  0   0  2 12  0   1
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  4   0
Adrian Casanova c........  4  0  1  1   0  0  6  1   1
Josh Cribb p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 David Kopp p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Ryan Hinson p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 38  4  9  4   0  6 30 16   8

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
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Florida State....... 200 100 000 0 -  3  8  2
Clemson............. 000 002 001 1 -  4  9  1
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Note: 1 out, 1 runner LOB when the game ended.

E - POSEY(19); HENRY(2); CHALK(4). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Florida St. 6;
Clemson 8. 2B - GUINN(14); DEMMINK(13); STORRER(9). 3B - STORRER(1). HBP -
M. SMITH. SH - GUINN(2); POSEY(2); STRAUSS(4); CHALK(18). SB - T.
THOMAS(17); DEMMINK(11). CS - MALONE(1).

Florida State          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Bryan Henry.........  7.1  5  2  2  0  2 27 29
Brent Marsh.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1
Matt DiBlasi........  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1
Luke Tucker.........  1.1  4  2  1  0  2  9  9

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Josh Cribb..........  4.0  5  3  3  3  1 14 19
David Kopp..........  3.1  2  0  0  1  1 10 12
Ryan Hinson.........  2.2  1  0  0  0  2  8  8

Win - HINSON (3-0).  Loss - TUCKER (0-1).  Save - None.
WP - TUCKER(2); CRIBB 2(3). HBP - by HENRY (M. SMITH).
Umpires - HP: Frank Sylvester  1B: Randy Harvey  3B: Scott Erby
Start: 4:06   Time: 2:32   Attendance: 5470
CRIBB faced 1 batter in the 5th.

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