The Seminoles, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. The Tigers, who saw their seven-game winning streak end, fell to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in ACC play.
Gilmartin (4-1) earned the win by keeping the Tigers off balance at
the plate. The freshman lefthander surrendered six hits, one run,
and four walks with eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Jimmy
Marshall pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his fourth save of
the season. Tiger starter Trey Delk (1-1) suffered the loss, as he
gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits in 5.0 innings
pitched. Only two of the five runs allowed by Tiger pitchers were earned.
Clemson squandered opportunities to score runs early in the
game. The Tigers put runners on first and second with no outs in the
first inning, but a strikeout and groundball double play ended the
frame. Then in the second inning, the Tigers loaded the bases with
no outs. But Jason Stolz's liner was snagged by a diving Stuart
Tapley right next to third base, robbing Stolz of an extra-base
hit. Tapley then touched the third-base bag for a double play and
the Seminoles struck out the final Tiger to end the inning.
The Seminoles grabbed the first lead of the game in the third inning
after the first two batters were retired. Tapley drew a walk and
scored on Jason Stidham's double to-right center.
The Tigers evened the score in the top of the fifth inning when
Addison Johnson hit a solo homer to right-center, his first long ball
of the season.
Florida State regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning
with an unearned run. Tyler Holt lined a 1-2 pitch to left field for
a one-out single and went to second on an error on a failed pickoff
attempt. Two batters later, Tapley laced a two-out single to
right-center to score Holt.
Rafael Lopez extended the Seminoles' lead to 3-1 when he led off the
sixth with a home run to left field on a 1-2 breaking breaking
ball. It was Lopez's third home run of the season. It was the first
run allowed by freshman lefthander Will Lamb, who had pitched 9.0
innings entering the game, in 2009.
Ben Paulsen cut Florida State's lead in half in the top of the eighth
inning when he led off with a towering home run to right field, his
fourth long ball of the season. Kyle Parker followed with an
opposite-field double down the right-field line with no outs. But
Clemson's struggles with runners in scoring position continued, as
the Tigers were unable to tie the score.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Seminoles added two unearned
runs without the benefit of a hit. Leadoff batter Stephen Cardullo
was hit-by-pitch and stole second base. Lopez's sacrifice bunt
advanced Cardullo to third, then Jack Posey hit a grounder to
shortstop Brad Miller. Miller fielded and threw home in time to
retire Cardullo, but catcher Phil Pohl could not hold onto the ball
on Cardullo's slide, allowing the Seminole to score on Pohl's
error. Two of the next three Seminoles walked to load the bases,
then Tommy Oravetz was hit by a 3-2 pitch to score Posey.
Eight different Seminoles had one hit apiece. The Tigers totaled
eight hits in the game and put six leadoff batters on base. However,
they were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and 1-for-19 with
runners on base. Jeff Schaus had a game-high two hits for the Tigers.
Clemson and Florida State will play game-two of the three-game series
at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday at 6:00 PM.
Seminoles take game one
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