The Clemson baseball team had to take three games from Florida State this past weekend to win its first division title since 2006, and the Tigers did just that.
By winning 9-8 on Thursday, 8-4 on Friday, and 8-3 in the decisive game on Saturday, Clemson came from three games back to tie the Seminoles at 18-12 atop the ACC's Atlantic Division. By virtue of the three-game sweep, Clemson had the tiebreaker and earned the No. 2 seed for the upcoming ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC.
Saturday's game saw the Tigers use their momentum from the previous two to post three runs in the first inning. They never looked back.
The Tigers managed eight runs on seven singles and a double, thanks to the eight walks issued by Seminole pitchers. Brad Miller and John Nester drove in two runs apiece.
Junior Alex Frederick relieved Tiger starter Dominic Leone and gave up just one hit in 4 2/3 innings to earn his sixth win of the year.
The Tigers are in the B bracket of the ACC Tournament along with No. 3 seed Georgia Tech, No. 6 seed Virginia Tech, and No. 7 seed North Carolina State. Each team in the pool will play the other three once each, and the team with the best record will advance to play the winner of the other pool in the championship game.
The A bracket consists of No. 1 seed Virginia, No. 4 seed Miami, No. 5 seed Florida State, and No. 8 seed Boston College.
Clemson will play N.C. State on Wednesday at 8 p.m., Virginia Tech on Friday at 4 p.m., and Georgia Tech Saturday at 4 p.m.