Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Clemson Tigers by a score of 7-3 on Easter Sunday. Sophomore pitcher Tyler Holton tossed a brilliant game for the Seminoles, only allowing three runs in eight innings on a whopping 123 pitches. Ultimately, the Seminoles played nine innings of error-free baseball to tie the series against Clemson at 1-1.
“Obviously when you don’t make an error, you like to think you played well – and we did,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said after the game. “This game was obviously very important to us, and with the lineup we have, we have the ability to do what transpired today [multiple home runs],” he added.
The Seminoles (22-15, 8-9) came out of the gate early, scoring four runs against the Tigers (30-6, 14-3) in the first inning to combat an early 1-0 lead. In the first at-bat for the Seminoles, junior Taylor Walls hit a solo home run to right field. After junior Rhett Aplin was walked and subsequently stole second, sophomore catcher Cal Raleigh brought him across with a deep single to right field. A few pitches later, sophomore slugger Quincy Nieporte went yard for the Seminoles, driving in two runs, making the score 4-1.
In the bottom of the third, junior Dylan Busby crushed one to left field and brought three runners home for the Seminoles. At that point in the contest, Holton was really hitting his stride with his ball placement. The Tigers had trouble connecting with the lefty’s pitches, and when they did, he was able to get out trouble by painting the outside corner of the strike zone.
“We knew that we had Tyler on the mound, and that he was going to give them his best shot at keeping the score respectfully low,” Nieporte said. He also described the feeling of having Tyler Holton on the mound as “comforting,” illustrating the confidence that good pitching gives the other side of the ball.
Clemson was able to get a run across here and there, but they ultimately could not string enough runs together to complete a comeback. This is in stark contrast to last night’s game, in which the Tigers were the ones that put together a slew of runs on the way to a 12-10 victory.
“After our offense was able to get up there and put some good swings on the ball, we got a lead pretty quick, and I was just trying to get out there and have some quick innings,” Tyler Holton said.
The Seminoles will take the field next on Monday, where they will play the Clemson Tigers for the third and final game of the series.