Some excitement early and then Elijah Cabell’s grand slam gave Florida State a boost in the middle innings, but Clemson produced runs early and late against seven pitchers in a 9-5 win over the Seminoles on Saturday.
Clemson started hot with three runs on four hits in the top of the first inning, but Logan Lacey responded in the way of a solo home run into left-center field in the bottom of the inning as FSU trailed 3-1.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the fifth, where Cabell found himself in a 1-2 count and launched another ball into deep center field, hitting the fourth grand slam of his career. It was Cabell’s 14th home run of the season.
After a rocky start, Conor Grady pitched four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He was replaced by Davis Hare, the first of six bullpen arms to throw on Saturday.
Hare, Hunter Perdue, Jonah Scolaro, Wyatt Crowell, Tyler Ahearn and Brandon Walker pitched. Crowell (1-2) allowed three runs in the seventh but just one was earned.
Two runs in the sixth, three in the seventh, and a solo homer for Clemson’s Caden Grice extended the Tigers’ lead to 9-5 going in the eighth.
Davis Sharpe (3-1) tossed 4.1 scoreless innings of relief for Clemson, which improved to 24-22, 16-16 ACC.
Cabell went 3 for 5 and has reached base in 33 of his past 34 games. Matheu Nelson and Logan Lacey each had two hits. Nelson has a 17-game streak of reaching base and leads FSU with 18 multi-hit games.
FSU (27-19, 18-14) will look to bounce back on Sunday and take the series.
The FSU-Clemson box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play host to Clemson on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final home game of the season at Dick Howser Stadium. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.