Tigers rip three homers to knock off No. 1 Seminoles

Brad Felder, Richie Shaffer, and Spencer Kieboom all hit homers to propel Clemson to a 7-2 win over #1 Florida State in front of 5,822 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 30-20 overall and 15-10 in the ACC. The Seminoles fell to 40-10 overall and 21-4 in ACC play.

The victory was Clemson’s 13th in history over a top-ranked team and first since 2010, when the Tigers defeated #1 Arizona State in the College World Series. It was also Clemson’s first-ever win over a top-ranked team at home, as the previous 12 came away from home.

The Seminoles held a 2-0 lead until Felder’s solo homer in the fifth inning. Then in the sixth inning, Shaffer lined a solo homer to tie the score before Kieboom untied the score with a two-out, three-run homer later in the frame. Phil Pohl, who graduated on Friday, added a two-run double in the seventh inning for Clemson, who clinched a spot in the ACC Tournament with the win.

Daniel Gossett (6-2) earned the victory by tossing 4.0 scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and five walks with three strikeouts. Starter Dominic Leone pitched 5.0 solid innings, yielding five hits, two runs, and three walks with five strikeouts. Leone and Gossett combined to limit Florida State to 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-8 with two outs. They also combined to allow only two of the Seminoles’ 19 baserunners to score, as Florida State stranded 14 runners on base.

Florida State starter Brandon Leibrandt (6-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up six hits, four runs, and one walk with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.

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