FORT MILL, S.C. -- Clemson discovered brute force and patience can be equally effective virtues when scrapping for runs.
The No. 6 Tigers launched three homers and scored two runs on bases-loaded walks Thursday in the second round of the ACC Tournament to upend No. 8 Florida State 8-4 at Knights Castle.
Clemson owns a 4-0 record against the Seminoles this season.
Tigers starter Ryan Mottl (8-3) pitched a complete game and was the beneficiary of the long-ball exhibition. The senior survived his lone miscue (a three-run homer to Marshall McDougall) to propel Clemson (44-14) into today's 7:30 p.m. quarterfinal with Georgia Tech.
A two-run homer by Brian Ellis in the bottom of the second erased a brief 1-0 FSU (44-14) lead. It was the Tigers catcher's first home run since May 4, 1999.
Henri Stanley's fourth triple of the season plated Khalil Greene, who was hit by a pitch, in the fourth inning to extend Clemson's lead to 3-1. First baseman Mike Calitri padded the Tigers' advantage with a home run to right field in the fifth.
"We took care of business when we needed to," said Greene, who gave Clemson the lead for good with his sixth-inning homer. "We also showed discipline when we needed to."
With one swing, McDougall tied the game in the top of the sixth. The Seminoles' second baseman blasted a 0-2 Mottl offering over the right-field fence for a three-run home run.
It was McDougall's 12th of the season and gave him all four of FSU's RBI in the game. Greene extended his hitting streak to 16 games with his fifth homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth. Clemson took a 5-4 lead on Greene's mammoth shot to left center.
The Tigers received an insurance run when Bradley LeCroy came home after Patrick Boyd walked with the bases loaded in the seventh. Boyd took a borderline 3-2 pitch and was awarded first base which pushed Clemson's lead to 6-4.
Brian Holstad came home when Justin Singleton was issued a free pass with the bases loaded in the eighth for Clemson's final run. Mottl scattered six hits while striking out 10.
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