Seminoles Clinch ACC Championship With 9-3 Win


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CLEMSON - A Clemson baseball team which has sputtered at times over the last
two weeks ground to a complete halt Sunday. Now Jack Leggett has to figure
out how to get engine started again.


Florida State blasted four home runs - two by catcher Tony Richie - en route
to a 9-win over the Tigers Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The win
completed a Seminoles' three-game sweep of Clemson, and shot Florida State to
the No. 1 seed in this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in St.
Petersburg, Fla.


The Tigers (44-12, 16-8), who came into the weekend No. 1 in the country and
tied for first in the ACC, fell all the way to the No. 4 seed in the ACC
Tournament thanks to Sunday wins by Wake Forest (No. 2) and North Carolina
(No. 3).


"We got beat in every phase of the game," said Clemson head coach Jack
Leggett. "They outpitched us and outhit us. They just outplayed us. No
excuses. They played as good a baseball as I think anybody can come in here
and play.


"When you're playing from behind like we were all weekend it's difficult. It
was one of those weekends where, when it was over, you wondered what the heck
happened."


Florida State (51-12, 18-6) took control Sunday with a three-run third inning
off loser Tyler Lumsden (2-1). Already leading 2-1, Ryan Barthelemy's RBI
single drove in the Seminoles' third run. Barthelemy rode home when the next
batter, Blair McCaleb, blasted a two-run homer to rightcenter for a 5-1 lead.


The Seminoles added single runs in the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth
innings, two coming on solo homers by Richie, and then rode the pitching of
starter Marc LaMacchia (9-1) and reliever Daniel Hodges the rest of the way.


When it was all said and done, FSU swept the series by a combined score of
30-9, causing Leggett to challenge his team heading into the ACC Tournament.


If anything, Legget said, losing three games by such a wide margin on your
home field should serve as a wakeup call for his players.


"It's the only thing you can think. You have to hope that happens," he said.
"You have to look for something positive, and there wasn't much positive this
weekend, that's for sure...It's one of those weekends where we got ourselves
bumped out of things, and we're going to have to claw our way back."


NOTES:


- Clemson opens ACC Tournament play at 10 a.m. Wednesday vs. No. 5 seed
Georgia Tech;


- Senior Khalil Greene hit his 21st home run of the season - a solo shot - in
the first inning. The homer extended his hitting streak to 22 games;


- Clemson honored seniors Greene, Steve Reba, Jon Smith, Thomas Boozer and
Seth Miller in pregame ceremonies.


Florida State 9 (51-12,18-6)

Player                  AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Drew, Stephen ss        4   1   1   0   1   2   1   5   0
McQuade, Tony lf        4   1   2   2   1   1   3   0   2
Barthelemy, Ryan 3b     5   1   1   1   0   0   0   2   3
McCaleb, Blair dh       5   1   1   2   0   0   0   0   0
Brown, Jerrod 1b        5   0   0   0   0   0   11  0   0
Richie, Tony c          5   4   4   2   0   1   6   1   0
Zech, Bryan 2b          3   0   1   0   1   1   2   3   0
Smith, Richie cf        4   0   0   1   1   2   2   0   1
Futrell, Mike rf        3   1   2   0   1   0   2   0   2
LaMacchia, Marc p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hodges, Daniel p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
Totals......            38  9   12  8   5   7   27  12  8

Clemson 3 (44-12,16-8)

Player                  AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Valiente, Roberto lf    4   0   1   1   0   1   2   0   0
Frank, Kyle cf          4   0   0   1   0   0   2   0   1
Greene, Khalil ss       4   1   1   1   0   0   3   6   0
Baker, Jeff 3b          3   0   1   0   1   0   0   1   0
Johnson, Michael 1b     4   0   0   0   0   3   11  1   1
Schmidt, Jarrod rf      4   0   2   0   0   1   1   0   0
Triplett, Russell 2b    2   1   0   0   1   0   2   2   0
Green, Zane dh          3   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   3
 Smith, Jon ph          1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
Pyzik, Steve c          3   1   1   0   0   0   4   1   0
 Miller, Seth c         0   0   0   0   0   0   2   0   0
Lumsden, Tyler p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hahn, Jeff p           0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......            32  3   7   3   2   6   27  11  5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Florida State....... 113 101 110 -  9 12  1
Clemson............. 100 010 100 -  3  7  1
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E - DREW(5); LUMSDEN(2). DP - Florida St. 2; Clemson 1. 
LOB - Florida St. 8; Clemson 5. 2B - RICHIE(14); ZECH(14); 
SCHMIDT(12); GREEN(4); PYZIK(6). 3B - DREW(3). 
HR - McQUADE(6); McCALEB(6); RICHIE 2(11); GREENE(21). 
HBP - TRIPLETT. SH - ZECH(6). SB - FUTRELL(5). CS - ZECH(2).

Florida State       IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
LaMacchia, Marc     6.0 6   3   3   2   3   23  26
Hodges, Daniel      3.0 1   0   0   0   3   9   9

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Lumsden, Tyler      5.0 7   7   7   2   4   21  24
Hahn, Jeff          4.0 5   2   2   3   3   17  20

Win - LaMACCHIA (9-1).  Loss - LUMSDEN (2-1).  
Save - HODGES (8). WP - LUMSDEN(5); HAHN(6). HB - LaMACCHIA.
BK - LUMSDEN(2). PB - PYZIK(9).
Umpires - Home:Scott Erby  1st:Scott Graham  3rd:Mark McGill
Start: 2:04   Time: 2:29   Attendance: 4838
LUMSDEN faced 1 batter in the 6th.
LaMACCHIA faced 2 batters in the 7th.


BONUS COVERAGE


CLEMSON, SC - Florida State scored in all but two innings and defeated Clemson 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The second-ranked Seminoles (51-12 overall, 18-6 ACC) swept the top-ranked Tigers (44-12 overall, 16-8 ACC), the first team to do so this season, to win the ACC regular season championship. Florida State outscored Clemson 30-9 in the series' three games.


Marc LaMacchia (9-1) got the win for the Seminoles, pitching six innings and allowing three runs and six hits while striking out three and walking two. Daniel Hodges pitched three scoreless innings to earn his eighth save. Tyler Lumsden (2-1) suffered his first career loss after yielding seven runs in five innings.


Tony McQuade started the scoring in the opening frame by taking the first pitch he saw from Lumsden over the fence in left for a 1-0 lead. It was the first long ball given up by Lumsden this season and the first run given up to an ACC opponent. Greene answered in the bottom of the first with a home run down the line in left, his 21st of the season. The solo shot knotted the game at one and extended Greene's hitting streak to 22 games, which is tied for the fourth longest in school history.


Tony Richie doubled in the Florida State second and scored later in the inning on a double steal attempt. In the third inning, Stephen Drew sent a ball deep to right that Jarrod Schmidt reached out and grabbed just as it was clearing the fence. The Seminoles did get three runs with two outs in the inning off of Ryan Barthelemy's RBI-single and Blair McCaleb's two-run homer that pushed the lead to 5-1.


Florida State tacked on another run in the fourth inning before Clemson answered with a run in the fifth. Steve Pyzik doubled to start off the inning and scored on Kyle Frank's groundout to cut the deficit to 6-2. Florida State came back in the sixth inning with a leadoff home run by Richie that knocked Lumsden out of the game and gave FSU a 7-2 advantage.


Richie added another home run in the seventh inning, his fourth of the series, for an 8-2 lead. Clemson scored on Roberto Valiente's single in the seventh, but would get no closer.Florida State added a run in the eighth to make the final margin 9-3.


Schmidt led the offense as the only Tiger with two hits. Sunday's game marked final regular season game for Jon Smith, Seth Miller, Thomas Boozer, Steve Reba and Greene, who were all honored before the game as a part of Senior Day.


Clemson will next travel to St. Petersburg, FL, for the first round of the double-elimination ACC Tournament. The Tigers will be the fourth seed and play Wednesday at 10:00 AM against Georgia Tech.

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