Residing on the NCAA hosting bubble, No. 14 Clemson lost to No. 7 Florida State, 6-3, in the Tigers’ second game of the ACC Tournament today.
The ACC hasn’t had more than four teams host NCAA regionals in the last 10 years and the No. 6-seeded Tigers entered play today, fourth in the ACC in RPI - 7th nationally - after defeating Georgia Tech on Wednesday. Clemson is also the fifth-highest rated ACC team in Baseball America’s top 25 standings.
Instead of Clemson (40-18) bolstering its resume, every Florida State starter had a hit and Clemson starting pitcher Justin Sarratt took the loss allowing four runs, six hits and three walks over five innings. Florida State took an early 4-1 lead and never trailed.
Clemson is off Friday and returns to play at 11 a.m. Saturday against N.C. State. The Tigers will advance to the ACC title game only if Georgia Tech defeats Florida State Friday and if Clemson wins Saturday.
NCAA Regional sites are announced on Sunday.