Crownover Carries Tigers to 4-1 win over FSU

Florida State struggled to hit Clemson ace Mathew Crownover in 4-1 loss to Clemson.

Florida State fell to Clemson 4-1 on a day where the Seminole offense could get nothing going. Starter Boomer Biegalski had an up and down evening giving up four runs, two earned, in six-plus innings.

The Florida State hitters got things started early with three hits through the first six batters, including a towering homerun by Dylan Busby. Clemson ace Mathew Crownover, who is likely going to win the ACC Pitcher of the Year award, came back and allowed just two hits in the next five innings. Crownover had everything working for him tonight.

The Seminoles managed just one extra base hit on the evening with the homerun by Busby. The freshman third baseman had some high praise for the Clemson pitcher.

“He learns,” Busby said. “He obviously made a mistake to me in the first at bat and he learned. He didn’t throw the same pitch again and kept it away. He kept the ball down. I feel like he did that to everyone today. He kept the ball down and got some calls.”

Biegalski cruised through the first three innings, but gave up back-to-back hits in the fourth to tie the game including a stand up double to left center that D.J. Stewart almost chased down. The Tigers came through again in the fifth with three straight hits to take a 2-1 lead.

Clemson extended their lead to 3-1 in the sixth after two singles to start the inning and an error by catcher Danny De La Calle on a SAC bunt that moved everyone up a bag. Clemson looked like they were going to be able to break the game open with runners on second and third with no outs, but Biegalski got the next three batters out to halt the Tiger advance.

Clemson would add one more insurance run in the seventh following a lead off walk that ended Biegalski’s night. Alec Byrd came in and struck out the first batter he saw, but issued a four-pitch walk to the next batter. The Seminoles looked like they were going to get out of the inning with a sharp ground ball to second that would likely have been a double play, but shortstop Taylor Walls couldn’t handle it and another run came home to make it 4-1.

Neither team would be able to do much in the last two innings and Clemson walked away with a 4-1 victory. The Seminoles fall to 37-17 on the season and 17-11 in the ACC. Senior Mike Compton will get the start in the second game of the series which starts at 6 PM Friday night.

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