Seminoles take game one from Clemson

#2 Florida State defeated #1 Clemson 9-3 on Friday night in front of 5,195 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.


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#2 Florida State defeated #1 Clemson 9-3 on Friday night in front of 5,195 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Matt Lynch had an outstanding outing, giving up just two earned runs on ten hits, while striking out three batters in 7.1 innings. Daniel Hodges pitched the final 1.2 innings of the game, including a strikeout of soon-to-be player of the year Khalil Greene with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Kyle Frank reached on an error by Bryan Zech, and scored when Greene hit his twentieth homerun of the season.

Two innings later, the Noles cut that lead in half when Mike Futrell, playing for the injured Nick Rogers, singled to centerfield, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephen Drew, to third on a single by Tony McQuade, and scored on a baseknock by Ryan Barthelemy that made it 2-1.

In the top of the fifth, Futrell down the left field line with one out, and scored on a single up the middle by Drew. After Drew stole second base, and Tony McQuade struck out, Barthelemy was intentionally walked before Blair McCaleb drew a walk to load the bases. Jerrod Brown singled to right to score Drew and Barthelemy, before Tony Richie blasted his eighth homerun of the field that gave the Seminoles a 7-2 lead.

An inning later, Futrell doubled again and went to third on a wild pitch before Drew walked to signal the end of the night for Clemson pitcher Steve Reba. McQuade then put the exclamation point on Reba's outing with a 2-run double that scored his last two runners and gave FSU a 9-2 lead.

The Tigers finally got another run off of Lynch in the eighth inning when Greene doubled and eventually scored on a single by Jarrod Schmidt to cut the Seminole lead to 9-3.

Nick Rogers is not expected to play this weekend because of a hand injury.

FSU improved to 49-12 and 16-6 in the ACC while Clemson fell to 44-10 and 16-6. Game two of the series will be on Saturday at 7:00 with Blair Varnes (6-3, 4.34 ERA) on the mound for the Noles against Matt Henrie (10-2, 2.73 ERA) for CU.

Section B Online Player of the Game: Matt Lynch (7.1 ip, 10 h, 2 er, 3 K)

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