May 12, 2006
Clemson, SC – Florida State’s Friday night woes continued in Clemson, SC tonight. The 12th-ranked Seminoles gave up 18 hits, tying a season-high, as they dropped their fifth opener in the last six ACC series. Clemson jumped all-over FSU right from the start and cruised to a 9-1 win. The Tigers recorded career-highs for runs and hits off FSU ace Tyler Chambliss (10-4) and limited the Seminoles (37-13, 14-10) to just three hits on the night.
“It was just one of those games where we got mugged,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “It was one of those, which we just got ripped. Eighteen hits, everything they did was just very impressive. (Clemson starter Stephen) Faris pitched a great ballgame. We were totally dominated.
“We certainly didn’t kick the ball around. It wasn’t that we gave them any runs. They just beat us. This is one of those games you look at and there was no way we could have won this baseball game. They just pounded us.”
Clemson (37-13, 19-6) didn’t homer in the game but did record four doubles, equaling a season high allowed by Seminole pitchers. Eight of Clemson’s nine starters recorded a hit and four had three or more hits in the contest. It was the toughest outing of Chambliss’ stellar career.
“They put the ball in play and hit the pitch when I had two strikes,” said Chambliss. “Everything they hit found a hole. Nothing went our way. We played good defense. It felt like Georgia Tech all over again. Everything they hit fell. It was just their night.”
“They put the ball in play and did a great job of being aggressive at the plate,” said Martin of Clemson’s success versus Chambliss. “They definitely got the job done.”
Clemson got on top early as Hermann Demmink lead off the bottom of the first with a double to the gap in left. He was sacrificed over to third and then Marquez Smith doubled the run home. Smith moved up to third on a fly out and then came in on the Tigers’ third hit of the inning making it 2-0. Chambliss walked the next batter putting two on with two away. A wild pitch left Clemson with runners on the corners before Chambliss’ second straight walk loaded the bases up. The junior got out of the jam though on a ground out to second base ending the inning.
After FSU went 1-2-3 again in the second, an error and a base hit put the Tigers back in business. A double play moved a runner up to third but also brought the Seminoles one out away from ending the inning. Chambliss hit the next batter putting runners on the corners but the curve-baller ended the inning with his first K of the night.
Ryan Strauss opened the third with a triple to left center. After Faris (7-2) got Mark Gildea looking, the Clemson starter plunked Kyle Maxie on a 2-2 pitch to put runners on the corners. Shane Robinson halved the lead on a sac fly plating Strauss.
The Tigers answered in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second. Then the third straight single put Clemson back in front by two runs. The fourth straight single put the Tigers up 4-1.
Clemson continued its success against Chambliss in the fourth. The Tigers third double of the game was followed by another single as the lead grew to 5-1 on the 10th hit of the night, a new career high versus Chambliss. Another single and a bunt base hit built the lead to 6-1.
Faris walked seven-hole hitter Strauss and hit Gildea to put two on with just one away for FSU in the fifth but a double play killed the potential Seminole rally.
For the third straight inning Chambliss surrendered back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the fifth. Smith then recorded his third double of the game plating the seventh and eighth runs, a new career high for Chambliss. The three doubles by Smith tied a single-game record at Clemson. That knocked Chambliss out of the game and brought Travis Burge in. The freshman recorded the first two outs before giving up a single to put Clemson up 9-1.
Florida State continues its conference series with Clemson Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s game is scheduled will be shown live on CSS. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with a live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.