Florida State snapped a 10-game losing streak, downing Clemson 5-1 behind an impressive performance from starting pitcher Jackson Baumeister.
Baumeister went seven strong in picking up the win (2-2), not allowing a run and striking out 14 hitters.
The Seminoles got the scoring started early with a two-run homer by Jamie Ferrer in the bottom of the first. Ferrer would add an RBI single in the third to push the lead to 3-0.
A fielding error by Riley Bertram helped allow Florida State to tack on another run in the fourth, as Jordan Carrion made it 4-0 with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line.
The Tigers had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the fifth, after Benjamin Blackwell and Cam Cannarella drew back-to-back one-out walks. However, Baumeister would go on to strike out Cooper Ingle and Will Taylor, stranding both runners to end the threat.
In the bottom half of the inning, James Tibbs III hit a towering solo shot to right, his tenth of the season, giving Florida State a 5-run cushion. Tibbs had been 1-for his last 20.
The Tigers finally got on the board in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Blake Wright that plated Cannarella.
Austin Gordon took the loss (0-3), allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked two.
Player of the Game: Baumeister was downright dominant in what was undoubtedly his best start of the season. The right-hander scattered just four hits, while walking two, and was just as strong in his final inning of work, striking out two of the last three hitters he faced.
Key Moment: With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning and down 5-1, Billy Amick came to the plate representing the tying run. He laced a liner to right but it was caught just shy of the warning track, ending any threat of a Clemson comeback.
Stat of the Game: 17 of Clemson’s 27 outs came via the strikeout.
Up Next: These same two teams will go at it again tomorrow in Game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee. The game will be streamed on ACCNX.
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