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May 26, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - James Ramsey drove in four runs to key Florida State to a 6-3 victory over Clemson in the 2011 ACC Baseball Championship. Both teams are now 1-1 in the tournament.
The Seminoles (41-17) never trailed in cooling off the Tigers (40-18), who went into the contest having won 26 of their last 31 contests. FSU ace Sean Gilmartin went six solid innings to run his record to 11-1. He joins Georgia Tech's Mark Pope as the only ACC pitcher to win 11 games thus far this season.
Florida State coach Mike Martin called Gilmartin's outing "six innings of beautiful baseball."
Relievers Brian Busch and Daniel Bennett held Clemson scoreless over the final three innings, with Bennett picking up his 13th save.
Florida State played small ball to take an early lead. Devon Travis led off the first with a single and moved up via a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by Ramsey.
Clemson matched the run in the bottom of the stanza. Phil Pohl doubled and scored on a single by ACC Player of the Year Brad Miller.
Gilmartin and Clemson starter Justin Sarratt (7-2) controlled the next four innings, with the Seminoles eking out a run in the fourth.
Jayce Boyd singled with one out for the Seminoles. The hit extended Boyd's hitting streak to 14 games, the longest current streak in the ACC. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Stuart Tapley.
Florida State's defense kept their lead at 2-1 in the fifth. After Spencer Kieboom led off with a double, Seminoles' center fielder Mike McGee made a running catch on a shallow fly ball by John Hinson and Travis went far to his right to grab a grounder and throw out Pohl at first. Gilmartin then struck out Miller to end the inning.
Gilmartin thought Pohl's hit was going through. "Devon came out of nowhere and made the play. That shows what kind of defender he is."
The bats woke up in the sixth. McGee doubled off the left field wall and Ramsey cleared the Blue Monster with his 10th home run of the season. The Tigers then brought on Scott Firth.
Clemson responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Epps drove in the first with a ground-rule double, while Jason Stolz drove in the second with a fly ball.
FSU added to its lead with a two-run seventh. DH Parker Brunelle opened with his first triple of the season. Rafael Lopez singled through a drawn-in infield, scoring pinch-runner Taiwan Easterling. McGee greeted reliever Alex Frederick with a bad-hop single that sent Lopez to third. Ramsey drove Lopez in with a fly ball.
Brian Busch replaced Gilmartin to start the seventh. The left-hander got Miller to ground into a double play to end the seventh inning and Jeff Schaus suffered the same fate to end the eighth.
Clemson got a pair of base runners in the bottom of the ninth against Bennett but Pohl popped out to end the game.
Losing coach Jack Leggett gave credit to the Seminoles. "We just didn't do all the things we've been doing. We just got outplayed."
James Ramsey goes 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead second-seeded Florida State past sixth-seeded Clemson 6-3 ... after totaling only four hits in Wednesday's 7-0 loss to NC State, the Seminoles bounced back with 13 hits, their most since May 7 ... FSU's Sean Gilmartin allowed seven hits over six innings, picking up his fifth-straight win and improving his record to 11-1 on the year ... Seminole reliever Daniel Bennett picked up his 13th save.
In the first two games of Thursday's ACC Baseball Championship, the four teams have combined to use a total of 19 pitchers; North Carolina and Clemson both used six while Miami employed four and Florida State three.
Florida State's Jayce Boyd and Clemson's John Hinson both went 1-for-5 en route to extending their league-best hitting streaks to 14 consecutive games ... Boyd had a fourth-inning single while Hinson got a single in his last at bat in the ninth inning.
RF James Ramsey's sixth-inning two-run homerun was his third in seven games and his 10th of the year; in four games against Clemson this season, the Alpharetta, Ga., junior is 5-for-14 (.357) with a double, two home runs and 10 RBIs ... over the last seven days, Ramsey has two 3 RBI games and one 4 RBI game against the Tigers ... Parker Brunelle's seventh-inning triple was his first of the year.
In 16 career ACC Tournament games Jeff Schaus is hitting .349 (20-for-59); in the Tigers' first two games tournament this year, the Naples, Fla., senior has five hits in nine at bats (.555); Schaus now leads all active ACC players with 307 career hits and 60 doubles.