TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Reed Rohlman tied a school record with three doubles and Jake Long tossed six strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-6 victory over No. 9 Florida State on Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Tigers, who swept the three-game series by a combined score of 20-7, improved to 31-25 overall and 16-13 in the ACC. The Seminoles fell to 37-19 overall and 17-13 in ACC play.
With the win, Clemson, who improved to 7-3 against top-25 teams and 6-3 against top-10 teams in 2015, assured itself a winning season for the 51st year in a row. The Tigers also handed the Seminoles their first three-game series sweep at Dick Howser Stadium since 2006.
Rohlman’s two-out double in the first inning gave Clemson a 1-0 lead, then he hit another two-out double in the third inning, this time scoring two runs. Tyler Slaton and Eli White lined run-scoring hits in the fourth inning and Andrew Cox added a run-scoring single in the top of the sixth inning to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. The Seminoles scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, snapping Clemson’s 21 scoreless inning streak over three games, then Clemson responded with a run in the seventh inning and two runs in the eighth inning.
Long (2-0) earned the win by allowing just four hits and one run with three strikeouts in six innings.
Clemson will be the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, which will be held at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park from Tuesday to Sunday.
GREENVILLE — Three Citadel pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over Furman that gave the Bulldogs their third straight Southern Conference series win to conclude the regular season.
The Citadel (25-28, 10-14 SoCon), winners of seven of its last nine league games, heads into the conference tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face East Tennessee State in a play-in game on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Riley Park. Furman (24-31, 11-13) will be the tournament’s sixth seed.
The Bulldogs wrapped up their seventh series win in the last eight against their Upstate rival but not before surviving a couple of late threats. The Paladins loaded the bases with two outs in the eight before closer Skylar Hunter retired Griffin Davis on a fly ball to medium center for his 12th save of the season and 40th of his career, the most in SoCon history.
The Citadel scored the only run of the game in the sixth. William Kinney singled and Mapes doubled to start the inning, and one out later Connor Walsh hit a grounder to first. Ryan Morse was prepared to throw home in attempt to cut down Kinney trying to score but misplayed the ball and had to settle for the out at first.
Stephen Windham then hit a shallow fly to left that was corralled by a diving Davis to strand Mapes and keep it a one-run game.
Thomas Byelick went the first five innings and allowed only two hits. Kevin Connell came in to relieve Byelick in the sixth was sharp in his 22/3 innings, giving up only one hit, before Hunter finished it.
Charleston Southern scored the final five runs to rally past Presbyterian on Senior Day for a 5-2 win at CSU Ballpark.
With the game tied 2-2, Cole Murphy’s RBI single scored Sly Edwards in the eighth to jump start a three-run inning for the Buccaneers. Sam Remick and Andrew Widell followed with RBI singles and Denis Buckley picked up his fourth save working a scoreless ninth.
Buc head coach Stuart Lake was glad to see one of the most successful senior classes in CSU history finish on a positive note.
“I’m happy for all nine of the seniors,” Lake said. “Dylan Lee really bounced back and gave us a great start. It was good to see us get it going a little there late and build some momentum heading into the tournament.
CSU (23-28, 10-14 Big South) moves into this week’s Big South Conference Championship in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Bucs are the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
The Bucs and Chanticleers did not meet in the regular season.
The Bucs had to rally to finish their regular season with a win.
PC (27-28, 6-18) took a 2-0 on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Ryan Hedrick. A sacrifice fly by Brandon Martin and an RBI double from Billy Montroni off of CSU starter Dylan Lee in the second inning was the Blue Hose’ only offense.
PC led 2-0 and CSU was hitless into the sixth, but the Bucs broke through to lead off the sixth and tie the game. Sly Edwards and Bryan Dye had back-to-back singles to spark the rally. Edwards would score on a wild pitch and Dye came home on an RBI groundout from Remick to tie the game, 2-2.
PC starter Tanner Chock worked 5.1 innings and gave up only two hits. He struck out three and walk six.
Lee worked seven innings for CSU, scattering nine hits and striking out four. Chayce Hubbard (4-0) worked the eighth for the Bucs to pick up the win.
Sophomore Nate Blanchard went 0-for-3 and saw his 21-game hitting streak come to an end.