Florida State vs Clemson Baseball Recap: Brittany Defran, Correspondent
TJ Knapp, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State takes the series in a hard fought finale with a final score of 7-6 to hand No. 3 ranked Clemson back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
Stellar relief pitching, timely hitting and clutch defense was the recipe for success. Senior lefty Alec Byrd earned the win by going three innings in relief, allowing just one run and picking up a couple of huge strikeouts with runners in scoring position. Cal Raleigh blasted his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot in the 7th inning, to break a 5-5 tie. The biggest moment of the game however came in the top of the 7th when Rhett Aplin fired nailed what would’ve been the go-ahead run at home plate on an absolutely perfect throw from right field.
“That was an igniter,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin referring to Aplin’s throw to home. “The throw to the plate was right on the money, and the catcher has to make a play. That is probably as a exciting as anything.”
The play swung the momentum in Florida State’s favor. After tagging out the Clemson runner at home, Raleigh stepped to the plate in the bottom half of the inning and continued the surge with his homer.
“To win 2-out-of-3 games against a top-5 team is definitely a step we needed to take,” Raleigh said. “It’s also a relief to know we have everybody back in our lineup. Some people don’t realize that coming into this series, we played only two games with our whole lineup healthy.”
The Florida State (23-15) offense was healthy and firing on all cylinders as they notched 10 hits. The other big blow of the game came off the bat of Dylan Busby who smacked a bases-clearing double in the 4th inning to plate three runs.
Contrary to popular belief, FSU did not enjoy Beer this weekend. I am of course talking about Seth Beer, who hit his third dinger of the series, a first inning 3-run home run that put the Seminoles in an early hole, but these guys fought every step of the way. It’s this resilience that Martin really loves about his club, “they are winners, they battle, we went down by three and we just kept battling.”
This win is huge for Florida State who had won just three of their last 11 games going into yesterday’s game. They look to keep this momentum going on Wednesday when Stetson (11-21) comes into town before the Noles head down to Coral Gables to take on conference rival Miami (21-11) this weekend.