Clemson takes series as flurry of errors hurt Noles

Florida State missed a chance to take the series at Clemson in a bizarre series of errors.

The Seminoles committed four errors and a passed ball in the eighth inning, allowing Clemson to break open a tie game and score three runs en route to an 8-5 win over FSU on Sunday.

FSU (24-15, 11-10 ACC) and Clemson had five errors apiece. The Seminoles led 3-0 after the first inning and 5-4 after six innings but couldn’t secure the win and missed on a chance to pick up a road series win.

Carson Montgomery lasted just an inning in his return to the weekend rotation. The right-hander gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. 

FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. quickly turned to the bullpen and received a good outing from Wyatt Crowell. The left-hander allowed just an earned run in five innings, striking out six while giving up two hits and not allowing a walk.

But Clemson (25-15, 6-11) added a run in the sixth on a throwing error, while Blake Wright’s RBI double in the seventh tied the game. The Tigers pushed three runs across in the eighth on errors — two by Colton Vincent and another by Jordan Carrion. Vincent also allowed the leadoff hitter to reach on a strikeout, a play that was scored a passed ball.

James Tibbs had an RBI double, and he later scored on a throwing error in the first inning. Reese Albert also had an RBI single, scoring Roberts. Carrion also had two-run double to score Tyler Martin and Alex Toral in the sixth. Martin also tried to advance to third in the eighth inning but was caught in a rundown.

In the first inning, Carrion made one of his best defensive plays of the year. The shortstop ranged to his left, dove and popped up to throw the runner out at first.

Tibbs has made 28 starts on the year and reached safely in 27 of them. He leads FSU with a .318 batting average.

FSU is now 7-3 in 10 weekend series. It’s a disappointing finish at Clemson after knocking off Florida, Georgia Southern and Louisville in consecutive games. The Tigers were near the Atlantic Division basement.

Carrion’s hot bat

Carrion went 5 for 14 in the weekend series with two doubles and three runs scored. In his last 10 games, Carrion is hitting 17 for 35 with 11 runs, nine RBI, three doubles and a home run.

Box score: Clemson 8, FSU 5

The FSU – Clemson box score can be viewed here.

Up next

The Seminoles have exams this week and will not play a midweek game. FSU plays host to No. 21 TCU on Friday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra).