Florida Gulf Coast 4, Clemson 2
CLEMSON -- Luke Smierciak's two-run homer in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and Chris Sale struck out 10 batters in eight innings to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a 4-2 win in baseball over Clemson in front of 4,017 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday.
Florida Gulf Coast (28-13) got a two-run homer in the fourth from Tim Roberson to go up 2-0.
Brad Miller had a solo homer for Clemson (25-17) in the bottom of the inning, and the Tigers tied it on Mike Freeman's RBI single to right in the fifth.
Jack Wagoner pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season.
David Haselden (4-4), the second of three Tiger pitchers, suffered the loss.
The teams play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. today.
Clemson starter Casey Harman tossed seven strong innings, allowing just two runs and two walks with six strikeouts.
Florida Gulf Coast broke through with two runs in the eighth inning. Roberson led off with a double to right-center on an 0-2 pitch. Two batters later, Smierciak belted a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left field for a two-run homer, his eighth of the season.
In the ninth inning, Clemson's Wilson Boyd grounded a one-out single up the middle and pinch-hitter Chris Epps blooped a single to center. Lamb's groundout moved Boyd to third and Epps to second, but Freeman grounded out to first to end the game.
Freeman, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, had a game-high two hits for Clemson, which fell to 0-12 in its last 12 games decided by two runs or less.
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