CLEMSON -- All season, Jack Leggett has searched for consistency.
He has deployed three different Tigers in center field.
Nine different pitchers have started games.
And on Thursday, No. 7 Florida State ran into Clemson's new DH -- and former shortstop -- Brad Miller.
Miller, who had made 25 errors in 51 games at shortstop, played like a man with a burden lifted going 5 for 5 with the game-tying RBI in the eighth and the go-ahead run in Clemson's 9-8 victory.
The win keeps Clemson's hopes alive for an Atlantic Division title and No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
To win the division, Clemson (35-19, 16-12 ACC) needs to beat Florida State (39-14, 18-10) today and Saturday.
Searching for consistency with the season reaching its most unforgiving point, Jack Leggett made a substantial change earlier in the week moving Miller, who had started his first 51 games at shortstop, to designated hitter against Presbyterian.
Miller, who has a .900 fielding percentage, was again penciled in as the DH on Thursday.
Miller belted a two-run home run in the fifth-inning, a line drive home run to right-center field, to give Clemson a 5-4 lead. Miller came around to score the tying run in the seventh when Jason Stolz redeemed himself with an infield RBI single to tie the score at 6.
Stolz, who replaced Miller at shortstop, mishandled a James Ramsey grounder in the sixth that allowed Stuart Tapley to score to give Florida State a 6-5 lead in the seventh.
It's not as though Miller was struggling at the plate. He entered second in average (.352) and on-base percentage (.470) on the team behind Kyle Parker, and had drawn more walks (43) than strikeouts (35). But Miller was a player who arrived on campus being talked about as having similarities to Khalil Greene, and player who is still viewed as possessing considerable upside.
While Clemson's offense and defense has been erratic, its pitching has perhaps been its most inconsistent element.
Again on Thursday, the Clemson bullpen struggled.
Clemson ace Casey Harman labored Thursday night, reaching 100 pitched one out into the fifth and needing 124 pitches to complete six innings.
It meant an early night for the Clemson bullpen, and Alex Frederick couldn't keep the game tied, twice giving up leads to Florida State. But Frederick and Cruz combined to pitch a scoreless ninth to preserve the game and Clemson's Atlantic Division hopes.