May 8, 2000
May 7, 2000
UPCOMING GAMES Monday, May 8 Florida State at Clemson 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 11 Clemson at Liberty 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 13 Clemson at Virginia (DH) 12:00 PM
Sunday, May 14 Clemson at Virginia 1:00 PM
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS (2-0) Saturday, May 6 Florida State at Clemson W, 8-7
Sunday, May 7 Florida State at Clemson W, 5-4
Tigers Up 2-0 on Second-Ranked Noles, Hold 12-2 Lead at Clemson Since 1992 Eighth-ranked Clemson won two one-run games over #2 Florida State in the first two games of the three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson won 8-7 in game one and 5-4 in game two. Clemson upped its record against the Seminoles to 12-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium since Florida State joined the ACC in 1992. Clemson is also 22-17 overall against the Seminoles over that span.
In game one, Clemson rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Florida State 8-7. Florida State left 12 runners on base, including two in the ninth inning when Steve Reba struck out the only batter he faced, Chris Smith, to end the game, earning his first career save in the process.
In the at bat before, Pichi Balet hit what appeared to be a single to right to load the bases, but Michael Futrell was thrown out at third for the second out when he lost track of the ball in the outfield. Matt Additon picked up the win by allowing four hits and two runs in 4.0 innings in relief of starter Jarrod Schmidt. Additon improved to 3-0 all-time against the Seminoles.
Clemson’s big inning was the sixth, where the Tigers plated four runs. A throwing error by starter Mike Ziegler gave Clemson a 6-5 lead and Khalil Greene later hit a two-run double to give Clemson an 8-5 lead. Greene led the Tigers with three hits and three RBIs. Clemson used six pitchers, while Florida State threw out four.
In game two, Clemson squandered a 4-0 lead, but Casey Stone’s ninth-inning single to right field gave the Tigers a 5-4 win.
Stone went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Khalil Greene went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a steal. PSteve Reba retired all eight batters he faced over 2.2 innings to earn his second win. Clemson scored four runs in the second. Greene’s two-run single highlighted the scoring. Florida State scored two runs in the fifth inning on Karl Jernigan’s two-run single.
The Seminoles tied the score in the seventh on Reba’s wild pitch. Clemson missed an opportunity in the fifth inning to blow the game open, as it had the bases loaded with no outs, but was unable to score a run.
Clemson won the game in the ninth, however, when Mike Calitri broke a 2-for-21 with a solid single to left, followed by Justin Singleton’s line-drive single to center off reliever Mike DiBlasi. It was just Singleton’s fourth at bat against a lefty all season. Stone then followed with the game winner on the first pitch.
Game three will be Monday beginning at 7:00 PM. The game will be televised on College Sports Southeast (television) and the Clemson Sports Network.
Tigers Move Into Second Place in ACC Standings Clemson’s 14-6 conference record is good for second place in the conference. The Tigers are 1.5 games out of first place Georgia Tech, who is 16-5 in league play. Florida State is third at 13-7. The Tigers have finished in the top three in the standings for 27 of the last 29 seasons. Since 1957, the season before Bill Wilhelm’s first of 36 seasons at Clemson, the Tigers have not finished worse than fifth in the ACC.
Note: Standings through games of Sunday, May 7
Injury UpdateMichael Johnson broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning against Western Carolina on April 26. X-rays taken on May 1 confirmed the fracture. He will be out of action until mid-to-late May.
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