BOX SCORE: Clemson 9 Florida State 8
Brad Miller went 5-for-5 with a homer, double, three RBIs, and four
runs and Wilson Boyd's two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth
capped a three-run inning in No. 22 Clemson's 9-8 victory over No. 7 Florida
State in front of 4,181 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Thursday
night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 35-19
overall and 16-12 in the ACC. The Seminoles dropped to 39-14 overall
and 18-10 in ACC play.
Miller, who missed his first game on Tuesday against Presbyterian
after starting each of the first 118 of his career at shortstop,
totaled a career-high five hits, including his two-out, run-scoring
double in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the score, and a
career-high four runs as Clemson's designated hitter. The Seminoles
had taken an 8-6 lead with two runs in the top of the eighth inning,
but the Tigers overcame two baserunning miscues in the frame to score
the tying and winning runs with two outs.
Alex Frederick (5-1), the second of four Tiger hurlers, earned the win
in 2.1 innings pitched despite allowing three hits, three runs (two
earned), and two walks with two strikeouts. Tomas Cruz retired both
batters he faced to record his third save of the season. Starter Casey
Harman struck out eight and walked a career-high four batters in 6.0
Geoff Parker (3-1) suffered the loss, as he pitched the final 1.1
innings. He yielded seven hits, three runs, and one walk with one
strikeout. Starter Sean Gilmartin tied his career high with nine
strikeouts against a season-high and career-tying-high four walks in
6.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers grabbed the game's first lead in the second inning. Miller
led off with a single through the right side and John Nester reached
on an infield single. Boyd then squared around to bunt, but he pulled
the bat back and ripped a single to right-center to score Miller.
Jason Stolz followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score
The Seminoles came right back and scored three runs with two outs in
the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. Tyler Holt led off with a single
to left field but was erased on Sherman Johnson's fielder's choice.
Two batters later, Stuart Tapley drew a two-out walk and Stephen
Cardullo lined a 1-2 pitch to left-center for a double to score
Johnson and Tapley. Cardullo then stole third and scored when the
throw sailed into left field.
Jayce Boyd doubled Florida State's lead with two outs in the top of
the fourth inning when he belted an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left-
center for a solo homer.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Wilson Boyd led off with a single
through the right side, advanced to second on a passed ball, and moved
to third on Stolz's single through the right side. Boyd came home when
Will Lamb reached on a fielder's choice and Stolz was retired at
Kyle Parker led off the fifth inning with a double to right-center on
a high flyball that the Seminole outfielders could not locate in the
evening sky. Two batters later, Miller blasted a two-run homer to
right-center, his sixth long ball of the season. It also gave Clemson
at least one home run in each of the last 10 games.
Jayce Boyd tied the score in the sixth inning when he hit an opposite-
field, solo homer just inside the right-field foul pole, his second
long ball of the game and sixth of the season.
Florida State regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning
thanks to a costly Tiger error. Tapley drew a one-out walk and James
Ramsey walked two batters later with two outs. Devon Travis then
grounded a ball to Stolz at shortstop, but the Tiger sophomore booted
the ball and Tapley scored all the way from second to give the
Seminoles the lead. Rafael Lopez then singled to left field, but Jeff
Schaus threw out Ramsey at the plate to keep the Tigers within one run.
The Tigers manufactured a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to
tie the score. Miller led off with a line-drive single to right field,
moved to second on Nester's sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on
Wilson Boyd's groundout, and scored on Stolz's two-out, infield single.
In the top of the eighth inning, Jayce Boyd led off with a single to
center. Two batters later, Johnson tripled to right-center just out of
the reach of a diving Wilson Boyd to score Jayce Boyd. Mike McGee then
belted a 1-2 pitch to John Hinson. The Tiger third-baseman was unable
to come up with the clean catch and would have doubled off Johnson at
third. Nevertheless, Hinson retrieved the ball and threw to first to
retire McGee as Johnson scored on the play to give the Seminoles an
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Mike Freeman led off with an
infield single, then Schaus belted a ball that was headed through the
right side for a single, but the ball hit Freeman for out No. 1. Parker
fisted a double to shallow left field that a diving McGee could not
come up with to move Schaus to third, then Hinson hit an infield
single to plate Schaus and advance Parker to third. After Hinson was
picked off, Miller came through with a two-out double to right-center
to plate Parker and tie the score. Wilson Boyd then grounded a single
through the right side to score Miller, giving the Tigers a 9-8 lead.
Ramsey reached with one out in the ninth inning on a walk, then Travis
hit a soft liner that was headed to left-center. But Stolz made a
leaping catch for out No. 2. Cruz then struck out pinch-hitter Ohmed
Danesh swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.
Miller led Clemson's 17-hit attack with five hits, while Wilson Boyd
went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Freeman, Parker, and Stolz added two hits
apiece for the Tigers, who had their leadoff batter reach base in
seven of their eight innings at the plate. Lamb's 11-game hitting
streak came to an end as well.
Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with two homers and three runs to pace Florida
State, who had 10 hits in the game. Holt and Lopez added two hits
Clemson and Florida State will play game-two of the series on Friday
at 6:30 PM.
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