Florida State came in looking to win the rubber match against Clemson on Monday, but were unable to do so as the Seminoles fell to the Clemson Tigers 7-3.
1. Quincy Nieporte carried over his hot bat to the series finale, recording three base hits as no other 'Nole recorded more than one. He boosted his season average to .295 and is starting to get into his mid season stride after struggling early. He is doing a great job making contact with the ball, only striking out seven total times in 129 at bats. Continue to look for him in the starting lineup.
2. Of each part of the lineup, the 6-7-8 section of Ben Deluzio, Steven Wells and Hank Truluck only reached base three times total, but had the most productive performance. Steven Wells recorded the only two RBIs from the Florida State lineup as Ben Deluzio scored a run and hit a double, one of two for FSU on the day. Hank Truluck added a hit as well.
3. Despite the conference series loss on the road, Florida State has still put it selves in good position to win the ACC Atlantic with everything the 'Noles have gone through, including injuries, suspensions and players leaving the team. Currently, FSU is one game ahead of Louisville and only have two more conference series left on the schedule; at Duke and home against Miami to finish up the season.
1. The 'Noles were able to get a decent amount of runners on base, 12 in total, however were unable to execute any of those chances. In particular, Ben Deluzio left three of the six total Florida State runners that were left on base. However, the other eight players in the starting lineup struggled just as much collectively. With runners on base, the Seminoles went 4-16 and with a runner on second or third, were only able to muster one hit in eight chances. There were no rallies that would bring FSU back either as the batters did not record a single hit with two outs in the inning.
2. After going error free in yesterday's victory over the Tigers, the 'Noles committed two very costly errors that resulted in two unearned Clemson runners crossing the plate. This is extremely crucial in a game like today where there was a one-run score margin for a majority of the game, FSU could have played much differently with that lead.
3. With Florida State coming into today ranked seventh in the nation with 237 walks in 41 games, one would think the 'Noles would record more than two walks today. It had the opportunity early as the Clemson starting pitcher allowed 9 walks in 21 innings coming into the third game of the series. The Seminoles then faced one of the top pitchers in the nation in Pat Krall who has a .69 ERA in over 50 innings pitched, and although a contact pitcher, the 'Noles could get nothing going off of him either as the lefty threw seven shutout innings.
FSU falls to 29-13 (14-6) on the season and will prepare to take on Stetson on the road on Wednesday. The two teams played each other earlier this season in Tallahassee and the 'Noles took both of those games.