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FSU rallies in eighth to take series from Clemson

Florida State had a big rally to finish off its final home game of 2021 with a victory.

Davis Hare slapped a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single that scored the tying and go-ahead runs as part of FSU’s four-run rally in the eighth inning that led to the Seminoles’ 9-6 win over Clemson on Sunday afternoon. FSU (28-19, 19-14 ACC) won its eighth conference series of the season.

Tyler Martin went 3 for 5 with two RBI, while Jackson Greene and Nander De Sedas each had two hits. Dylan Simmons drew three walks and scored a pair of runs.

Parker Messick settled down after a shaky first inning in which Clemson scored four runs. The left-hander did not start on Friday due to back soreness but struck out 10 batters in six innings (110 pitches, 74 strikes). Messick allowed six runs (five earned) and six hits with a walk and retired 13 straight batters at one point. He has reached double-digit strikeouts five times and has 109 strikeouts in 2021.

Clayton Kwiatkowski tossed a scoreless seventh inning. Jack Anderson (2-0) allowed just two hits in the final two innings.

Dylan Simmons scored two runs in a game for the first time in his career. His three walks set a career high.

Two Seminoles extended their streaks: Tyler Martin has reached base in 57 of his 61 career starts, and Matheu Nelson has an 18-game on-base streak. Elijah Cabell has reached safely in 34 of his past 35 games.

Blake Wright had two hits and his three RBI for Clemson (24-23, 16-17).

FSU finished 18-13 at home in 2021. While the Seminoles will not host a regional, they did end up taking two of three games from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Clemson. FSU has played well on the road this season, including series wins over the Hokies, Yellow Jackets and Fighting Irish as well as the sweep of the Hurricanes.

“Our fans, can’t thank them enough,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “They were outstanding today. They were great all year. During a tough year when people were worried about getting out. I think we put the max in there that was allowed. We love them. Hate that there’s not going to be any postseason baseball for them this year. There should be. I won’t go on that rant. But I promise I will go to the ends of the Earth to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

BOX SCORE

The FSU-Clemson box score can be viewed here.

UP NEXT

FSU begins a three-game series at NC State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (ACC Network Extra). The series will end the regular season.