CLEMSON, S.C. – FSU hit four solo home runs Sunday at Clemson, but the Tigers emerged with a 12-7 win to split the series at one game apiece. The rubber match will take place Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
FSU’s first five hits all went for extra bases, including four home runs from Jackson Lueck, Cal Raleigh (twice) and Reese Albert. Drew Mendoza added a double in the fourth inning. Raleigh’s three hits tied a career high.
Clemson tagged FSU starting pitcher Andrew Karp (7-4) for nine runs in 3.1 innings pitched, with a pair of home runs. Karp was looking to become the ACC’s first eight-game winner.
FSU hit a pair of solo home runs in the first inning off Clemson starter Brooks Crawford (6-2). Lueck and Raleigh went deep to the same part of right-centerfield to give FSU a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers responded with a pair of runs against Karp in the bottom of the frame. Patrick Cromwell laced a two-out single that scored Kyle Wilkie and Seth Beer before Karp struck out Drew Wharton to get out of any extra trouble.
Logan Davidson added an RBI single in the bottom of the second for Clemson’s first lead of the series at 3-2. Albert answered in the top of the third with his fifth home run of the season and second of the weekend to tie the score.
The Tigers broke the game open with five runs in the third inning, highlighted by Grayson Byrd’s three-run home run.
After Raleigh’s second home run in the fourth inning, Chris Williams hit a solo home run off the batter’s eye in center field for a 9-4 Clemson lead. That ended Karp’s day with eight earned runs and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.
Tyler Ahearn allowed three runs in the fifth inning on a pair of hits and two walks. Shane Drohan made his fifth appearance of the season, forcing a pop out to left field to end the fifth inning with Clemson leading 12-4.
Clemson scored in each of its first five innings before Drohan pitched a perfect sixth inning. His 1.2 innings pitched set a career high. The Noles added a run in the seventh inning with two walks, a hit by pitch and an RBI single by Skylar Frey.
Mendoza scored on a wild pitch and Frey walked with the bases loaded for FSU’s final two runs in the eighth inning. Cobi Johnson pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit.
- Left fielder Jackson Lueck hit his team-high 11th home run in the first inning. The junior now has 24 career home runs.
- Catcher Cal Raleigh started his 171st consecutive game, with 168 of those at catcher. Raleigh hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season and now has 28 in his career. It was the second two-HR game of Raleigh’s career (also April 18 vs. Stetson). He leads FSU with 39 RBI on the season.
- Raleigh was 3-for-4 in the game, tying his career high for hits in a game.
- Reese Albert hit his fifth home run of the season in the third inning. Albert also homered in Saturday’s opener. In two games against Clemson, Albert has five hits after a 4-for-6 game Saturday evening.
- FSU hit at least four home runs in a game for the third time season.
- Lueck robbed Kyle Wilkie of a home run to end the third inning.
- Steven Wells earned his fifth outfield assist of the year, and third of the series, in the second inning. Wells has five of FSU’s nine outfield assists on the season.
- Skylar Frey singled in the seventh inning to score Jared Herron and drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth. Frey entered Sunday with one RBI on the season, on Opening Day.
- Rhett Aplin was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, his 26th consecutive game reaching base.
- Shane Drohan pitched a career high 1.2 innings, allowing just two walks and no hits.
Florida State and Clemson wrap the series Monday at 7:00 p.m. The game will air nationally on ESPN2 with Dari Nowkhah, Kyle Peterson and Mike Rooney on the call from Doug Kingsmore Stadium.