Wayne McGahee III

Season Long Struggles Haunt FSU In 18-13 Loss To Clemson

A defensive and pitching implosion over the first four innings doomed the Seminoles in the ACC Championship game.

Florida State fell to Clemson 18-13 in the ACC Championship game on Sunday. Starter Ed Voyles picked up the loss.

The game was delayed due to weather for more than an hour to start the game, and then there were weather delays in the second, third, and eighth innings.

Literally nothing went right over the first few innings for the Seminoles. Clemson scored 6 runs off of starter Ed Voyles, but only 1 of them was earned. Jim Voyles relieved Ed, but wasn't his usual shutdown self. He gave up 7 earned runs in just 1.1 innings. Florida State then brought in Mike Compton who gave up 4 earned runs in 1.1 innings. The Seminoles committed five errors over that span and led the Seminoles 18-1 in the middle of the fourth inning. Florida State got their run on a sacrifice fly by Cal Raleigh. The Seminoles brought in Will Zirzow to replace Compton, and Zirzow shut the Clemson offense down until the ninth inning.

Florida State didn't lay down though. The Seminoles continued to battle, cutting into the Clemson lead piece by piece over the last few innings. Florida State got four runs in the fourth on a Cal Raleigh RBI single, a 2-run home run by Tyler Holton, and a solo home run by Dylan Busby to make it 18-5.

The Seminoles couldn't get anything going again until the eighth inning where they plated eight runs to cut the Clemson lead to just five. Nick Graganella kicked off the scoring with an RBI double. Taylor Walls walked with the bases loaded, and John Sansone followed up with a 2-RBI single. Jackson Lueck grounded out to the short stop, but drove in the runner from third, and Bryan Bussey connected on a 2-RBI double off the wall in center field. Dylan Busby hit his second home run of the day, this one a 2-run blast to center, to make it 18-13.

Florida State went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, and could not complete the comeback.

The Seminoles fall to 37-20 on the season. They will find out if they will be hosting a regional on Sunday night at 8 PM, and will find out who the other members of their regional are on Monday at Noon.

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