TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Clemson scored the final six runs Saturday to beat Florida State 9-5 and even the weekend series at Dick Howser Stadium. Elijah Cabell hit his fourth career grand slam for the Seminoles (27-19, 18-14 ACC), but Clemson (24-22, 16-16) had four hits, three walks, two hit batters and four runs against the FSU bullpen.
Cabell’s grand slam flipped Clemson’s 3-1 advantage to a 5-3 FSU lead. It was his 14th home run of the season. Logan Lacey’s fifth home run of the year got FSU on the board in the first inning.
Starting pitcher Conor Grady pitched 5.1 innings and allowed four earned runs with seven strikeouts.
Clemson took the early lead with three runs on four hits in the first inning. Sam Hall and Kier Meredith led off with back-to-back singles before James Parker plated a pair on a double in the left field corner.
Bryar Hawkins made it 3-0 Tigers with a single to left.
Lacey answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the first against Keyshawn Askew. Lacey has a six-game hitting streak, three extra-base hits and four RBI in the series against Clemson.
Cabell’s 14th home run of the season, a fifth-inning grand slam, turned the tide for the Seminoles and gave FSU a 5-3 lead. The two-out, two-strike home run came on Askew’s 100th pitch of the game and was Cabell’s fourth career grand slam. FSU loaded the bases on a Tyler Martin walk and back-to-back singles from Lacey and Mat Nelson.
The Tigers tied the game in the sixth on a passed ball and wild pitch but Jonah Scolaro stranded runners on the corners to prevent any further damage. Clemson scored three more in the seventh after the first four batters reached against Wyatt Crowell (1-2). Tyler Ahearn and Davis Hare also pitched in the inning.
T1 | CU 2, FSU 0 Parker double, Meredith & Hall scored
T1 | CU 3, FSU 0 Hawkins single, Parker scored
B1 | CU 3, FSU 1 Lacey home run
B5 | CU 3, FSU 5 Cabell home run, T. Martin, Lacey & Nelson scored
T6 | CU 4, FSU 5 Hawkins scored on passed ball; French advanced to second, Brewer advanced to third
T6 | CU 5, FSU 5 Brewer scored on a wild pitch; French advanced to third
T7 | CU 6, FSU 5 Grice reached on fielding error, Meredith scored; Parker advanced to third
T7 | CU 7, FSU 5 French singled, Parker scored; Hawkins advanced to second, Grice advanced to third
T7 | CU 8, FSU 5 Teodosio walked, Grice scored; French advanced to second, Hawkins advanced to third
T8 | CU 9, FSU 5 Grice home run
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