Bryce Hubbart settled in after a shaky start, giving Florida State six quality innings and putting the Seminoles in position to win another ACC series. And in what was a tight game late, Jack Anderson shut the door.
Logan Lacey had two doubles and three RBI, while Nico Baldor went 2 for 3 with an RBI single as FSU took an 8-3 win over Clemson on Friday night.
FSU (27-18, 18-14 ACC) had a 4-1 lead going into the seventh, but Clemson’s Sam Hall closed the gap with a two-run homer.
In the bottom of the eighth, with FSU still clinging to a 4-3 lead, the Seminoles put the game away in a four-run inning. Tyler Martin walked to load the bases with two out. Clemson left-hander P.J. Labriola tossed a wild pitch, allowing an insurance run to score. Lacey then broke the game open with a two-run double, and Matheu Nelson added an RBI double.
Hubbart (6-4) gave up four hits and two walks but had seven strikeouts. He has pitched six or more innings in four starts in 2021. It’s the fifth straight start where he has allowed two or fewer runs.
“Bryce kept us in it,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “He was outstanding.”
Chase Haney made his 137th career appearance at FSU, which breaks the all-time record. Haney made his 30th appearance of 2021, got an out in the seventh and then served up Hall’s two-run home run.
Anderson had two strikeouts and pitched two hitless innings for his fourth save of the season. All of Anderson’s saves have come in the last two weeks as he earned his first save against Troy on April 30.
FSU pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts.
Clemson fell to 23-22, 15-16 ACC. The Tigers are 5-13 on the road. After sweeping Louisville, Clemson has now dropped four straight ACC games.
Martin Jr. was asked after the game about the Seminoles not being picked as one of 20 potential regional host sites.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Martin Jr. said. “I’m just going to say no comment. I like our team on the road. They don’t care.”
Said Lacey: “We’ve talked about it but it really doesn’t bother us much.”
The FSU-Clemson box score can be viewed here.
FSU will play host to Clemson on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.