Seminoles Hold On In 10 Innings, Beat Clemson 9-8


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CLEMSON - Third-ranked Florida State scored four runs in the 10th inning to defeat Clemson 9-8 on Saturday night in front of 5,359 fans at Doug Kingsmore in game-one of a three-game series. The Seminoles improved to 38-7 overall and 20-5 in ACC play. The Tigers fell to 24-21-1 overall, 10-14-1 in the ACC.

Reliever Ryan Strauss (7-0) earned the win, as he pitched 1.1 innings and allowed five hits and five runs. Buster Posey, the starting catcher, pitched the final 0.2 innings to record his fifth save of the year.

Casey Harman (0-5) suffered the loss. D.J. Mitchell pitched 7.0 strong innings in a starting role, allowing just three runs, three walks, and six hits with six strikeouts.

After three scoreless innings, the Tigers scored one run in the fourth inning. With two outs, Stan Widmann was hit by a pitch and Matt Sanders followed with a single to left. J.D. Burgess then drove home a run with a single to left-center.

Clemson scored a run in the sixth when Wilson Boyd led off the frame with a solo home run to right-center. His eighth long ball of the year also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The Orange and White scored again in the seventh inning when Kyle Parker drew a one-out walk before scoring on Doug Hogan's triple down the right-field line.

The Seminoles tied the score 3-3 in the eighth inning. Stuart Tapley was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Tyler Holt singled through the left side before Jason Stidham plated both runners with a double to left-center. Stidham moved to third on a single by Posey before scoring on a wild pitch.

Florida State took a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning. Tommy Oravetz led off with a single up the middle. Luke Smierciak came in as a pinch runner and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike McGee. Tapley then plated Smierciak with a one-out single to center. Tapley moved to second on a groundout before Stidham drove him in with a two-out single to center.

The Tigers evened the score 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to Hogan's towering two-out, two-run homer to left on a 3-1 pitch. It was his 11th long ball of the season.

The Garnet and Gold rallied to take a 9-5 lead in the 10th inning after putting its leadoff batter on base for the fourth inning in a row. Jack Rye led off with a single to center before scoring on Dennis Guinn's double to center. Tony Delmonico singled to center, scoring Guinn. Pinch-hitter Ohmed Danesh then put runners on the corners with a single to right. While Danesh was caught stealing second, Delmonico was able to score from third on the throw. Then with two outs, Tapley drew a walk and moved to third on Holt's single to center. Stidham then reached on a dropped flyball by Sanders that allowed another run to score.

But for the second inning in a row, the Tigers refused to go down without a fight. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Mike Freeman and Jeff Schaus hit back-to-back singles with one out. Parker then pulled the Tigers closer with his 10th homer of the year, a three-run shot to right. Ben Paulsen followed with a double down the right-field line. Two batters later, Boyd drew a two-out walk. But Widmann hit a liner right at Tapley at third to end the game.

The Seminoles totaled 15 hits and were led by Stidham's two hits and three RBIs. Rye added a game-high three hits.

Every Clemson starter had at lease one hit, as the Tigers tallied 12 in all. Hogan had two hits, including a triple and homer, and three RBIs. Parker added a three-run homer and four of Clemson's nine walks. The Tigers' downfall was leaving 14 runners on base to the Seminoles' eight.

Clemson also turned a season-high four double plays in the contest.

Clemson will host Florida State in game-two of the three-game series on Sunday at 7:00 PM.

2008 Clemson Baseball
                          #3 Florida State at Clemson
               May 03, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)

Florida State 9 (38-7,20-5 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Tyler Holt cf............  6  1  2  0   0  1  3  0   0
Jason Stidham 2b.........  5  1  2  3   1  1  1  3   0
Buster Posey c/p.........  5  0  1  1   0  2  8  0   1
Jack Rye rf..............  4  1  3  0   1  1  1  0   0
Dennis Guinn 1b..........  5  1  1  1   0  1 11  0   3
Tony Delmonico ss........  4  1  2  1   0  0  2  2   1
Tommy Oravetz dh.........  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   2
 Luke Smierciak pr/dh....  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Ohmed Danesh ph/dh......  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Parker Brunelle c.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Mike McGee lf............  4  0  0  0   0  2  1  0   0
Stuart Tapley 3b.........  2  3  2  1   2  0  2  1   0
Matt Fairel p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Jimmy Marshall p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Ryan Strauss p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 40  9 15  7   4  8 30  9   8

Clemson 8 (24-21-1,10-14-1 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Mike Freeman 2b..........  6  1  1  0   0  4  6  4   4
Jeff Schaus lf...........  5  1  1  0   1  1  1  0   0
Kyle Parker rf...........  2  3  1  3   4  1  3  0   0
Ben Paulsen 1b...........  6  0  2  0   0  1  9  0   3
 Alex Lee pr.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Doug Hogan c.............  5  1  2  3   1  2  9  1   1
Wilson Boyd cf...........  4  1  2  1   1  0  0  0   1
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  1  1  0   1  0  2  8   2
Matt Sanders 3b..........  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  3   3
J.D. Burgess dh..........  3  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
 John Hinson ph/dh.......  1  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
D.J. Mitchell p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Ryan Hinson p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt Vaughn p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Casey Harman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justin Sarratt p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Clinton McKinney p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 40  8 12  8   9  9 30 19  14

Score by Innings                      R  H  E
---------------------------------------------
Florida State....... 000 000 032 4 -  9 15  0
Clemson............. 000 101 102 3 -  8 12  1
---------------------------------------------

E - SANDERS(3). DP - Clemson 4. LOB - Florida St. 8; Clemson 14. 2B -
STIDHAM(7); RYE(10); GUINN(15); PAULSEN(13). 3B - HOGAN(2). HR - PARKER(10);
HOGAN(11); BOYD(8). HBP - DELMONICO; TAPLEY; WIDMANN. SH - McGEE(2);
BOYD(5); SANDERS(5). CS - HOLT(6); DANESH(2).

Florida State          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Matt Fairel.........  7.0  6  3  3  5  7 25 33
Jimmy Marshall......  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  4
Ryan Strauss........  1.1  5  5  5  2  0  9 11
Buster Posey........  0.2  1  0  0  1  1  3  4

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
D.J. Mitchell.......  7.0  6  3  3  3  6 24 29
Ryan Hinson.........  0.1  1  0  0  0  1  2  2
Matt Vaughn.........  1.2  3  2  2  0  0  7  8
Casey Harman........  0.0  1  1  1  0  0  1  1
Justin Sarratt......  0.2  3  3  2  1  1  4  5
Clinton McKinney....  0.1  1  0  0  0  0  2  2

Win - STRAUSS (7-0).  Loss - HARMAN (0-5).  Save - B. POSEY (5).
WP - STRAUSS(2); VAUGHN(1). HBP - by FAIREL (WIDMANN); by MITCHELL (DELMONICO);
by MITCHELL (TAPLEY).
Umpires - HP: Jack Cox  1B: Bryant Woodall  3B: Scott Graham
Start: 7:07   Time: 3:21   Attendance: 5359
MITCHELL faced 3 batters in the 8th.
Game: CU5031


 Play-by-Play 
                             2008 Clemson Baseball
                   #3 Florida State at Clemson - Play-by-Play
               May 03, 2008 at Clemson, SC (Doug Kingsmore Stad.)


Score by Innings                      R  H  E
---------------------------------------------
Florida State....... 000 000 032 4 -  9 15  0
Clemson............. 000 101 102 3 -  8 12  1
---------------------------------------------

Florida State starters: 15/cf HOLT; 13/2b STIDHAM; 8/c B. POSEY; 46/rf RYE;
24/1b GUINN; 3/ss DELMONICO; 6/dh ORAVETZ; 25/lf McGEE; 1/3b TAPLEY; 32/p
FAIREL;
Clemson starters: 5/2b FREEMAN; 3/lf SCHAUS; 25/rf PARKER; 10/1b PAULSEN; 30/c
HOGAN; 12/cf BOYD; 6/ss WIDMANN; 21/3b SANDERS; 1/dh BURGESS; 9/p MITCHELL;

Florida State 1st - HOLT struck out swinging. STIDHAM walked. B. POSEY
struck out looking. RYE singled to right field; STIDHAM advanced to third.
GUINN grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 1st - FREEMAN struck out swinging. SCHAUS grounded out to 2b.
PARKER walked. PAULSEN grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1
LOB.

Florida State 2nd - DELMONICO flied out to lf. ORAVETZ lined out to rf
to right center. McGEE grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
LOB.

Clemson 2nd - HOGAN walked. BOYD grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; HOGAN
advanced to second. WIDMANN lined out to lf down the lf line. SANDERS grounded
out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Florida State 3rd - TAPLEY singled to third base, bunt. HOLT grounded
into double play 2b to ss to 1b; TAPLEY out on the play. STIDHAM struck out
looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 3rd - BURGESS grounded out to 2b. FREEMAN fouled out to ss down
the lf line. SCHAUS walked. PARKER walked; SCHAUS advanced to second. PAULSEN
popped up to ss to left field. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Florida State 4th - B. POSEY struck out swinging. RYE walked. GUINN
struck out swinging. DELMONICO singled to third base, bunt; RYE advanced to
second. ORAVETZ grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Clemson 4th - HOGAN grounded out to 2b. BOYD flied out to cf. WIDMANN
hit by pitch. SANDERS singled to left field; WIDMANN advanced to second.
BURGESS singled to left center, RBI; SANDERS advanced to second; WIDMANN
scored. FREEMAN struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Florida State 5th - McGEE lined out to 2b. TAPLEY walked. HOLT grounded
into double play ss to 2b to 1b; TAPLEY out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 5th - SCHAUS struck out swinging to catcher. PARKER struck out
looking. PAULSEN singled to center field. HOGAN struck out looking. 0 runs,
1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Florida State 6th - STIDHAM flied out to rf. B. POSEY grounded out to
ss. RYE doubled to left center. GUINN grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 6th - BOYD homered to right center, RBI. WIDMANN singled down
the lf line. SANDERS grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC, bunt; WIDMANN advanced
to second. BURGESS flied out to rf to right center. FREEMAN struck out
swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Florida State 7th - DELMONICO hit by pitch. ORAVETZ grounded into double
play 2b to ss to 1b; DELMONICO out on the play. McGEE struck out swinging. 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Clemson 7th - SCHAUS flied out to cf to left center. PARKER walked.
PAULSEN struck out swinging. HOGAN tripled down the rf line, RBI; PARKER
scored. BOYD lined out to 1b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Florida State 8th - TAPLEY hit by pitch. HOLT singled through the left
side; TAPLEY advanced to second. STIDHAM doubled to left center, 2 RBI; HOLT
scored; TAPLEY scored. R. HINSON to p for MITCHELL. B. POSEY singled to right
center, RBI, advanced to second on the throw; STIDHAM advanced to third. RYE
struck out swinging. VAUGHN to p for R. HINSON. B. POSEY advanced to third on a
wild pitch; STIDHAM scored on a wild pitch. GUINN reached on a fielder's choice
to shortstop; B. POSEY out at home ss to c. DELMONICO reached on a fielder's
choice to shortstop; GUINN out at second ss to 2b. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors,
1 LOB.

Clemson 8th - MARSHALL to p for FAIREL. WIDMANN grounded out to p.
SANDERS grounded out to 3b. J. HINSON pinch hit for BURGESS. J. HINSON walked.
FREEMAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Florida State 9th - J. HINSON to dh. ORAVETZ singled up the middle.
SMIERCIAK pinch ran for ORAVETZ. McGEE out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt;
SMIERCIAK advanced to second. TAPLEY singled to center field, RBI; SMIERCIAK
scored. HOLT grounded out to 3b; TAPLEY advanced to second. STIDHAM singled to
center field, RBI; TAPLEY scored. B. POSEY flied out to rf to right center.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Clemson 9th - SMIERCIAK to dh. STRAUSS to p for MARSHALL. SCHAUS
grounded out to 1b unassisted. PARKER walked. PAULSEN fouled out to 3b. HOGAN
homered down the lf line, 2 RBI; PARKER scored. BOYD singled to right field.
BOYD advanced to second on a wild pitch. WIDMANN walked. SANDERS reached on a
fielder's choice to shortstop; WIDMANN out at second ss to 2b. 2 runs, 2
hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Florida State 10th - HARMAN to p for VAUGHN. RYE singled to left center.
SARRATT to p for HARMAN. GUINN doubled to center field, RBI; RYE scored.
DELMONICO singled to left center, RBI; GUINN scored. DANESH pinch hit for
SMIERCIAK. DANESH singled to right field; DELMONICO advanced to third. McGEE
struck out looking; DANESH out at second c to 2b, caught stealing; DELMONICO
scored on the throw. TAPLEY walked. McKINNEY to p for SARRATT. HOLT singled to
right center; TAPLEY advanced to third. STIDHAM reached on a dropped fly by 3b;
HOLT advanced to second on the error; TAPLEY scored on the error, unearned.
HOLT out at second p to ss to 3b to 2b, caught stealing, picked off. 4 runs,
5 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Clemson 10th - DANESH to dh. J. HINSON lined out to cf. FREEMAN singled
to left center. SCHAUS singled to right field; FREEMAN advanced to second.
PARKER homered to right field, 3 RBI; SCHAUS scored; FREEMAN scored. B. POSEY
to p. BRUNELLE to c for DANESH. /  for STRAUSS. PAULSEN doubled down the rf
line. LEE pinch ran for PAULSEN. HOGAN struck out looking. BOYD walked. WIDMANN
lined out to 3b. 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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