RTR Round Table Discussion: Clemson Baseball vs FSU

Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers fans in the crowd against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers fans in the crowd against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Welcome to Rubbing The Rock’s weekly round table discussion, where each of the members of Rubbing The Rock’s staff debate on a specific topic. This weeks topic is Clemson’s close win over Florida State in the first game of the series.

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The Clemson baseball team dropped their first series in the ACC to the Florida State Seminoles this weekend. The Tigers were able to win the first game of the series thanks to Seth Beer’s two run single to left center.

Ben Greeson-

When you were a kid, how many times were you in the yard, or at the park with some buddies and you said to yourself, “Okay, there’s two outs, the bases are loaded, bottom of the 9th and it’s all come down to this…” Of course you drove in the winning runs in your backyard fantasy, and this Clemson baseball team did it too. This season is shaping up to be one for the ages. Saturday night, bases loaded, two out, top of the 9th, game tied and Seth Beer strokes a single to score two runs and ultimately win the game.

This season has been like a fairy tale. Timely hits, outstanding pitching and to quote Tiger head coach Monte Lee, “They eat pressure like candy.” This Tiger baseball team has turned fairy tale into reality over and over again this season.  Stay tuned folks, the Tigers are 30-6 on the season and they will most definitely host Regionals and Super Regional games at DKS before the last chapter could be written, in Omaha.

Eddie Becker-

Clemson is without question one of the top teams in the nation, but the weekend series loss to Florida State gives at least some reason for concern. Alex Eubanks struggled through 3 innings in his start Sunday, giving up 7 earned runs. Even for a stout lineup like the Tigers have, coming back from early deficits like that are difficult, especially on the road against a good in-conference team.

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Monday’s loss was another nailbiter, but 2 costly errors by the Tigers allotted for 5 FSU runs. Clemson made a comeback late but ultimately fell short. Clemson benefitted from a fairly weak early season ACC schedule. Upcoming series with North Carolina and Louisville will give Clemson another chance to prove themselves against elite competition.

Cole Little-

Getting defeated in two out of three games in Tallahassee marked the first time since the season-opening series that the Tigers came out on the losing end of a series. Florida State used the momentum garnered from the near-victory in their Game 1 comeback to claim the remaining two games. As usual, Seth Beer came through in the clutch for the Tigers in the first game, hitting a two-run single with two outs in the ninth to ultimately provide the Tigers with a 12-10 win.

Leading 10-1 in the fourth, the Tigers seemed to grow complacent as the night progressed. The game brought back flashbacks of last season, as the Tigers struggled with holding onto leads and producing reliable relief pitching in 2016, while, for the most part, the Tigers have been particularly adept in both of those facets in 2017. Kudos to Beer for his ninth-inning heroics. The Tigers now need to right the ship, as their schedule is set to be fairly difficult from this point on.

Anthony Messenger-

While Clemson may have lost their first series in the ACC against Florida State, I do not believe that is cause for worry. The Tigers lost this series to the Seminoles because of mistakes that they are more than capable to correcting through the rest of the season.

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Seth Beer continues to prove his greatness. It seems like every time the Tigers need a play, Beer steps up to the plate and makes one. It is especially hard to do this in baseball, because of the pace of the game and the fact that pitchers can basically choose to not pitch to you. However, Beer seems to have no problem getting a hit when Clemson needs one.

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