Noles National Seed Hopes Take Big Hit

Florida State's National seed hopes are on life support after getting swept by unranked Clemson.

Florida State’s hopes for landing a Top-8 national seed took a major blow on Saturday when Clemson completed their sweep of the Seminoles with a 9-2 victory. The Seminoles seemed disinterested throughout the entire series against a team that needed to win these games to have a chance to get into the field of 64.

Nothing went right for Florida State all weekend in any facet of the game, but most notably on the offensive side of the ball. Until the ninth inning outburst on Saturday Florida State had mustered just two runs in 26 innings with just three extra base hits. The Seminoles nearly equaled that in one inning with back-to-back homeruns by D.J. Stewart and Quincy Neiporte and nearly tripled the run output scoring five.

The Florida State pitching wasn’t much better giving up 20 runs in the three games. The starting rotation for the Seminoles is normally the strength of the pitching staff, but they gave up 13 of the 18 runs, though only 9 were earned. The bullpen has been a major problem for the Seminoles all season, and they did nothing to alleviate that concern giving up multiple runs in each of the last two games of the series.

Like the bullpen, the Seminoles have had trouble on defense all season long, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. Florida State had seven errors in the three games this series and cost the team six runs. All seven errors came from the infield.

The Seminoles needed to win one game this series to hold on to the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament, but will now fall behind Notre Dame and end up on Louisville’s side of the bracket as the No. 4 seed. Florida State will have to play Clemson for the fourth straight game in their first game of the ACC Tournament. The eighth seed will be decided on Tuesday between Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

Florida State finishes the regular season 37-19 and 17-13 in the ACC. The Seminoles ACC record is their worst since 2006 joining the conference in 1992. It is their second worst conference record since joining the ACC in 1992.

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