FSU Downs Clemson, Clinches Division Title

Florida State clinched its seventh straight ACC Atlantic Division title on Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Clemson

With that, the Seminoles also secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming ACC Baseball Championship, which begins in Durham on Wednesday. The league will announce the full tournament schedule on Sunday.

The win came on the shoulders of another impressive pitching performance from the staff collectively. Sophomore southpaw Brandon Leibrandt earned his fourth straight victory lasting 5 innings and allowing just one run on nine hits.

Billy Strode worked the final four innings and registered his first career save. Strode came up big in the sixth inning when head coach Mike Martin decided to call on the lefty with the bases loaded and no outs.

Strode answered the bell as he struck out the next batter and then forced two fly outs keeping the Seminoles ahead 3-1. He finished the day allowing four hits and striking out two with no walks allowed.

"We got a couple of key hits but no question the key to the game was the sixth inning when they got the bases loaded and nobody out and Billy Strode pitched us out of it," added Martin. "That was the biggest part of the ball game."

The Seminoles recorded 13 hits on Saturday including two hits each by D.J. Stewart, Stephen McGee, Jose Brizuela and Giovanny Alfonzo. Seth Miller broke open a 3-1 Florida State lead in the sixth with a two-run single on Senior Day as he and Scott Sitz were the two seniors recognized in the final home game of the regular season.

"That was a big hit by Seth Miller," said Martin. "It broke open what was a real close ball game."

Clemson starter Zack Erwin (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season as the freshman southpaw gave up three runs on six hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Tigers had their chances to score on Saturday but could not find the key hit leaving 13 runners stranded on the afternoon. Clemson left the bases loaded in the fourth off Leibrandt, loaded them again in the sixth and left two more on in the second and ninth innings.

With the win, Florida State won its 10th straight ACC series at home. It also marked the first series victory over Clemson since 2009 when the Seminoles took 2 of 3 from the Tigers in Tallahassee.

Florida State will wrap-up its regular season schedule Monday evening in Chapel Hill as the Seminoles will travel to face No. 2 North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU.

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