May 7, 2018 - by
Noles Fall at No. 6 Clemson on Walk-Off Home Run

Box Score

CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 14 Florida State (32-16, 14-12) dropped the rubber match at No. 6 Clemson (36-12, 19-8) Monday night, falling 5-4 on a walk-off home run in the ninth inning. Cal Raleigh led the FSU offense with his second-consecutive three-hit game, tying a career high, and reached base in four of five plate appearances. All five of Clemson’s runs were scored via home run.

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Cole Sands made his first appearance in three weeks, allowing two runs in four innings. Logan Davidson hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Sands struck out four batters over 72 pitches.

The Seminoles cut the lead in half on the first two pitches of the fourth inning – Jackson Lueck lined a hard-hit ball to left field, followed by Rhett Aplin’s RBI double. In the fifth inning, FSU scored three unearned runs on a Steven Wells double, a throwing error and a wild pitch on the walk to Raleigh.

Clayton Kwiatkowski pitched three innings, giving up five hits and two runs on Seth Beer’s two-run home run that tied the game at 4-4.

Conor Grady (4-3) retired his first four batters faced in the eighth and ninth innings before Jordan Greene’s walk-off home run. The Tigers took the final two games of the series after FSU won the opener 3-2 in 13 innings Saturday night.

Raleigh was 3-for-4 and finished 8-for-13 against the Tigers over the series, including a pair of home runs in Sunday’s game. Raleigh’s average jumped to .308.

Florida State will face Jacksonville Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. to start an eight-game homestand to end the regular season. FSU hosts Mount St. Mary’s for four games this weekend and will wrap the ACC schedule next weekend against No. 5 NC State.

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