After dropping game one of the series to Clemson, Florida State came out on Friday night looking like the team it has been all season. The Seminoles brought two runs across in the first inning, and that's all they would need to even the series.
Luke Weaver had his best outing of the season and it could not have come at a better time. Weaver pitched 7.1 innings and gave up just one run on seven hits.
"You saw the same game that I did," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was just a heck of a baseball game. We really have to credit Luke Weaver. It was a well-pitched game. We had a chance twice to get him a couple more runs but we couldn't push them across. I thought Clemson's starter did an excellent job in the first inning after we scored two."
As Martin pointed out in the postgame, the Seminoles were simply the more aggressive team on Friday and they backed up Weaver with one great defensive play after another.
"We had some very solid defensive plays and I am very pleased with that side of it. I thought we were more aggressive tonight. Now we have an opportunity (to clinch the division) and we are looking forward to competing. Clemson is obviously a very good baseball team."
The win moved FSU back atop the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a half game lead over NC State and a full game lead over the Tigers. FSU is now one win away from securing the Atlantic Division as well as the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC Tournament.
Marcus Davis provided the offense for the Noles' on Friday bringing in two runs on an RBI single in the first inning.
"Usually you use your first at-bat to gauge what the pitcher is throwing," said Davis. "But in that kind of situation you want to do your best to drive in a run regardless of it's a sac-fly, groundout, whatever it is, you just don't want to leave the batter's box not having done anything."
The Tigers drew within one of the lead in the sixth when Wilkerson led off the inning with a single to center. The junior second baseman moved to third on a one-out double down the line in left and scored a batter later on a groundout to short by Kennedy to cut the Seminole lead to 2-1. Weaver escaped further damage as he got Krieger swinging on strikes to end the inning.
Billy Strode registered the final two outs in the eighth, while Robby Coles worked the ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season. Coles issued a one-out walk to Shane Kennedy, but got out of the inning on the very next pitch as Tyler Krieger lined into a game-ending double play at second.
The two teams will return to the diamond for the final game of series on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU.