Seminoles strike early to defeat Clemson, 7-3, even series

Ryan Kelly, Director Multimedia
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BOX SCORE: Florida State 7, Clemson 3

The runs came in early and often again at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday. This time, though, it was the home team with a reason to be happy about it.

The Florida State Seminoles (22-15, 8-9 ACC) would put up seven runs in the first three innings of play to defeat the Clemson Tigers, 7-3, evening up the series at a game apiece and snapping a four-game losing streak for the 'Noles.

The Tigers (30-6, 14-3) would strike first in the contest, taking advantage of a leadoff single from Chase Pinder and Reed Rohlman taking his base after being hit by a pitch. Chris Williams would score Pinder on an RBI single and Clemson, which scored 10 runs in the first four frames of Saturday's contest, seemed ready to roll for a second straight game.

Seminole starter Tyler Holton would then walk Tigers slugger Seth Beer to load the bases. But the sophomore lefty settled down to strike out Drew Wharton and force a pop fly from Andrew Cox to keep the deficit at 1-0 and stop an early Clemson surge from snowballing.

From there, the FSU offense would come alive, sparked by a leadoff home run from Taylor Walls, his second in a week. Cal Raleigh would later hit an RBI single to score Rhett Aplin, followed by a two-run shot by Quincy Nieporte to complete the four-run first for the 'Noles.

The garnet and gold fireworks in the third inning would come courtesy of Dylan Busby, who hit a three-run homer into the Clemson bullpen to extend the lead to 7-1.

Clemson would score a run in both the fifth and sixth innings but struggled to find consistency after the first, thanks in part to Holton's career-high eight innings pitched. Holton threw 123 total pitches, which is also a career high.

Florida State and Clemson will play a deciding game three of this series Monday night under the lights of Dick Howser Stadium on ESPNU's ACC Monday Night Baseball. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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