Despite a valiant comeback effort late, the Florida State Seminoles fell to the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Tournament Championship game 18-13.
Dylan Busby, who had been red hot coming into the game after going 4-5 with 3 RBI including the game winning hit against Miami, continued his dominance smacking two of his three hits on the day over the fence. For the tournament, the first baseman went 9-17 and was an instrumental piece in the Florida State lineup that didn't score less than five runs all tourney long.
The 'Noles showed resiliency late, scoring eight runs in the eighth inning after starting the frame down by 13. The first seven batters of the inning reached base and it brought FSU within striking distance. Although it wasn't enough, this type of "never give up" mentality is encouraging to see heading into postseason where it will be needed the most.
After having his fair share of troubles, Will Zirzow turned it around in today's game, keeping FSU relevant. The redshirt sophomore threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out six after coming in with FSU down 17-1. He has shown he can be an asset out of the 'pen, striking out 23 hitters in 17 1/3 innings, and needs to work on his command as the two walks he gave up today give him a season total of 10.
Before Florida State recorded their fourth out of the game, the 'Noles had already committed four errors which cost them the game. Those four errors equated to six unearned runs scored by Clemson, and with a loss margin of five -- you can figure out the rest. Fielding has been an issue for FSU all season, and things started to look up after the Seminoles only committed two errors in pool play, but their old habits returned at the most inopportune time.
Aside from the six unearned runs, the Florida State bullpen, who usually is the key in victories this season, was the complete opposite as Jim Voyles and Mike Compton combined to give up 11 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. Voyles, who led the league in ERA at a point late in the season, gave up seven earned and had his ERA skyrocket to 2.68 following the worst outing of his career. Compton has had issues with injuries which forced him to not start any of the pool play games, may still not be 100-percent in his 1 1/3 innings, giving up four runs.
Mother Nature was in full effect in Durham, North Carolina, causing many delays and rescheduling of games. Originally, the start time was moved forward from 11 AM to 10 AM, however was pushed back to 11 AM this morning. Once the game began, there were three delays which combined for over three hours of time with no one on the field. It makes it difficult with long delays trying to keep guys warm and adjusting the pitching situation, combined with the field conditions, which made it difficult for both teams.
FSU falls to 37-20 (16-11) and will await to hear word on whether or not they were selected as hosts for an NCAA Regional at 8:30 PM tonight.