Sophomore lefthandersBrandon Leibrandt and Billy Strode combined to scatter 13 hits and allow onlyone run to lead #8 Florida State to a 6-1 victory over #14 Clemson in front of4,979 fans at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Seminoles,who won the series 2-1, improved to 44-11 overall and 20-10 in the ACC. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 39-17 overall record and an18-12 ACC mark.
The Tigers scored a runin the first inning and put 16 batters on base in all. However, Clemsoncould not come up with a clutch hit after the first inning and left 13 runnerson base, including 10 in scoring position.
Leibrandt (9-4) earnedthe win despite yielding nine hits, one run, and two walks with threestrikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Strode recorded his first career saveby tossing 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing four hits, no runs, and no walkswith two strikeouts.
Tiger starter Zack Erwin(5-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up six hits, three runs, and one walk withone strikeout in 2.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers wasted littletime taking the game's first lead in the first inning. Maleeke Gibson ledoff with a double down the right-field line, moved to third on SteveWilkerson's groundout to short, and scored on Steven Duggar's single throughthe right side.
In the second inning,Jose Brizuela reached on a bunt single with one out and scored on GiovannyAlfonzo's double down the left-field line.
DJ Stewart led off thethird inning with a single to left field and Stephen McGee flared a single toright-center. Marcus Davis laced a single to right field to scoreStewart. John Nogowski hit a chopper to third on a potential double-playgrounder, but the ball went under third-baseman Shane Kennedy's glove and McGeescored to give Florida State a 3-1 lead
Tyler Krieger drew aone-out walk in the fourth inning and Jon McGibbon lined a single to rightfield. Thomas Brittle walked to load the bases, but the next two Tigerswere retired without Clemson scoring a run.
In the top of the sixthinning, singles by Krieger, McGibbon, and Brittle loaded the bases with noouts, but the next three Tigers were retired without Clemson scoring a run.
Brizuela led off thebottom of the sixth inning with a bloop single to left-center and Alfonzo washit by an 0-2 pitch. After both runners moved up a base on John Sansone'ssacrifice bunt, Seth Miller belted a 1-2 pitch up the middle for a single toscore Brizuela and Alfonzo, giving the Seminoles a 5-1 lead.
Garrett Boulware reachedwith one out in the top of the seventh inning on a fielding error at short byAlfonzo, then Kennedy singled through the right side. However, Boulware,who was running on the pitch, was thrown out at third base by rightfielderJameis Winston on Kennedy's single. Krieger hit a chopper up the middlethat Alfonzo booted again, but he caught the bouncing ball and stepped onsecond to end the inning.
Davis led off the bottomof the seventh inning with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, andmoved to third on Nogowski's flyout to center. Davis then scored on awild pitch on an 0-2 pitch to Winston.
In the ninth inning,pinch-hitter Kevin Bradley led off with a single through the left side, but waserased two batters later on Duggar's fielder's choice. Boulware hit atwo-out double to right field to advance Duggar to third, then Kennedy hit aline drive to left field. But it was right at Stewart for the game'sfinal out.
Stewart, McGee,Brizuela, and Alfonzo all had two hits apiece to pace the Seminoles' 13-hitattack.
McGibbon had a game-highthree hits to lead the Tigers, who totaled 13 hits in the game. Duggar,Boulware, and Brittle added two hits apiece.
Clemson finished inthird place in the ACC Atlantic division and fifth place in the overall ACCstandings with an 18-12 league mark. Clemson will be the #5 seed in theACC Tournament at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park. The Tigers will playone game each against #4-seeded N.C. State, #1-seeded North Carolina, and#8-seeded Miami (FL) in that order in the ACC Tournament, which starts onWednesday. The winner of Clemson's bracket will advance to the ACCTournament Championship game on May 25. The Tigers' tourney schedule willbe announced on Sunday morning.