In case all your attention was on some beach soiree that was going on just outside of Jacksonville today the top ranked Seminoles baseball team was playing the first game of a double header today against Clemson.
Game one didn't start off well as Mike Compton was all over the place and the defense did him no favors either. By the time he left in the second inning the Noles were down 5-0. Kyle Bird momentarily stopped the bleeding after walking in a run but two innings later the Tigers scored three more runs to go up 9-1. Florida State made a comeback with back to back two running innings in the sixth and seventh but an inability to get a hit with runners on base hampered the Noles. Like they have all season the Seminoles made things interesting when in the ninth inning Travis led of with a double, then a single by Ramsey and a sacrifice fly by Boyd cut the lead to three. Down 9-6, Spralding and Nogowski had back to back singles loading the bases for Seth Miller who singled scoring Ramsey making it a two run game. Josh Delph who was already 3 for 4 on the day came up with only one out and flied out to center field but not deep enough to plate a run. Jose Brizuela had a chance to ties things up but unfortunately struck out swinging and the Noles lost in a 9-7 final. Some good things to take out of this was that the offense showed life in the later innings which will hopefully carry over to tonight and Peter Miller had a strong relief outing allowing no runs and only one hit over 4.1 innings.
Florida State dropped the opener of this series Saturday night when the staff surrendered three homeruns in a 7-2 loss. Freshman Brandon Leibrandt pitched a solid five innings but ran into trouble in the sixth when after retiring the first batter Richie Schaffer hit a solo homerun to tie the game at two. A strikeout, double and walk brought catcher Spencer Keiboom to the plate with two outs and he promptly deposited a ball over the left field fence. Leibrandt's night was done and the Seminole hitting was not able to put anything together against reliever Daniel Gossett. Florida State had no troubles getting runners on base as nineteen men reached, including eight walks but getting hits at key moments just didn't happen.
Inside a brief preview of tonight's matchups...