Baseball Comeback Falls Short vs. No. 4 Clemson
|W - R. Gilliam (2-0)||2.1||2||0||0||0||5|
|L - D. Carlton (2-3)||1.2||2||2||0||1||2|
|FSU - M. Henderson||4||1||3||4||0||0|
|FSU - D. Busby||4||1||2||3||0||0|
|FINAL BOX SCORE|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After falling behind 9-0 and 10-1 against No. 4 Clemson, Florida State (21-15, 7-9 ACC) rallied to tie the game in the seventh inning before the Tigers 12-10 win Saturday evening on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Matt Henderson and Taylor Walls each had three hits, but a pair of unearned runs in the ninth inning gave Clemson (30-5, 14-2) the victory.
“I hurt for [our team] because of the fact they did not win,” head coach Mike Martin said. “We got after it, things didn’t go our way. There is a reason they are [14-2] in our league.”
The day opened with Florida State retiring the jersey of J.D. Drew (1995-97), a two-time All-American and College Baseball Hall of Famer. In front of a crowd of 5,753, the ceremony was attended by 70 of Drew’s family and friends, including a number of former players. Drew became just the second FSU player to have his jersey retired, joining Dick Howser (No. 34).
The excitement of Drew’s ceremony did not roll over onto the field for the Seminoles, however. FSU starter Cole Sands allowed six earned runs in just 1.2 innings pitched, walking two and striking out none. After scoring a run in the first, the Tigers hit six doubles and scored seven more in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead.Video
Clemson pushed its lead to 10-1 in the fourth on Seth Beer’s 10th home run of the season. The Noles responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame on Henderson’s three-run double to left field. The senior set a career high with four RBI and a season high with three hits.
FSU got another two runs in the fifth on Jackson Lueck’s third home run of the season. Lueck had missed the previous four games with shingles. In the sixth, three consecutive singles to open the inning made the score 10-7. Walls’ RBI single was his second of three hits on the day.
Clemson reliever Jeremy Beasley entered with two runners on and no outs in the sixth after Walls’ single and recorded three straight outs to end the FSU threat.
After Voyles pitched a perfect seventh inning, the Noles tied the game with three two-out RBI to tie the game at 10-10. A single by Cal Raleigh and a walk from Drew Mendoza ended Beasley’s day, giving way to Jacob Hennessy. Hennessy struck out Aplin and J.C. Flowers before Henderson’s RBI single, a single from Walls and a two-run single from Busby.
In the ninth, Clemson scored a pair of unearned runs after Grayson Byrd and Chase Pinder reached on FSU errors. With the bases loaded, Carlton (2-3) struck out Logan Davidson and Chris Williams before Beer’s bloop single fell just out of reach of Walls in shallow left-center field.
In the FSU ninth, Aplin singled to open the game, but Ryley Gilliam (2-0) struck out Flowers, Henderson and Walls to end the game.
Game two of the series is Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. Tyler Holton (4-1, 2.47 ERA) will take the hill for the Seminoles, while Alex Eubanks (5-2, 2.92 ERA) will start for Clemson. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra and on the radio on 106.1 FM in Tallahassee.
- Drew Mendoza’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to seven games, the longest active streak on the team.
- Matt Henderson’s three-run double in the fourth inning was his second double of the year. He entered the game with eight RBI. His three hits were a season high, while his four RBI were a career high.
- FSU had five players record multiple hits – Walls, Busby, Raleigh, Aplin, and Henderson.
- Martin announced after the game that freshman Tyler Daughtry will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury. The freshman was injured earlier in the week in practice.
- FSU’s 10 runs and 15 hits are the most allowed by Clemson this season. The Tigers entered the game with a 2.71 earned run average.
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