The Clemson baseball team was rolling entering this weekend’s series at Florida State. Now the Tigers are rolling in the wrong direction.
FSU finished off a sweep of Clemson with a 6-4 victory Sunday evening as the Tigers suffered their third consecutive loss to the Seminoles.
This marks the first three-game losing streak for Clemson (25-11, 11-7) all year. The Tigers had not lost back-to-back games all season before losing three in a row at FSU (22-13, 10-8).
Clemson jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead entering the bottom of the second inning before the Seminoles scored four runs in the second to take a 4-3 lead.
Drew Mendoza delivered the big hit in the inning, blasting a two-run homer with two outs to put the Seminoles on top.
Clemson battled back to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the third when Kyle Wilkie scored on a double steal, but Clemson would not score again the rest of the game.
FSU took the lead for good on a fielder’s choice that scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and added an insurance run on an RBI single by Nico Baldor in the seventh.
Clemson entered the weekend 25-8 (11-4) and alone in second place in the ACC but is now tied for third in the league after dropping all three games.
FSU earned a 6-2 win in Game 1 of the series before blasting the Tigers 16-2 in Game 2 on Saturday.
Brooks Crawford suffered the loss for the Tigers in Game 3, allowing three runs in three innings.
Freshman starter Keyshawn Askew struggled once again, allowing two runs and four walks in one inning of work.
The Tigers managed seven hits with Logan Davidson, Grayson Byrd and Davis Sharpe each getting a pair of hits. Davidson doubled twice and had two RBIs.
Clemson returns to action Tuesday at No. 2 Georgia before hosting Duke in a three-game series next weekend.