Canes' Sloppy Play Gives FSU the Win in Rivalry Opener
April 29, 2011
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – It’s already a tall task having to face one of the nation’s hottest pitchers in a rivalry game. It’s another when you hand away a season-high seven errors and hope to still have a chance.
The 14th-ranked University of Miami baseball team lost to eighth-ranked Florida State, 6-5, in the opening game of the three-game weekend series Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Miami had its chances but in the end, gave too many to the Seminoles in a game that saw more than its fair share of miscues, errant throws and poor decisions out on the diamond.
The winning run for the Seminoles came across on a wild pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth with the scored knotted at five.
A fitting end to a sloppy game for the Canes.
Tied 5-5 with runners on the corners, reliever Sam Robinson was relieved by Travis Miller in hopes of getting the last out of the ninth. A few pitches in and one got away from Miller, allowing Sherman Johnson to come across to give its last lead.
Separate from that, Miami committed six errors in the first four innings, adding another later in the ninth.
After FSU grabbed the late lead, Miami didn’t have much of a chance after it fell behind in the ninth as Daniel Bennett stuck out the side to secure the win.
Bennett (3-1) fanned four and allowed just one hit over the final 1 2/3 innings to earn the win.
Early in the game, FSU ace Sean Gilmartin wasn’t his usual self as the left-hander allowed a season-high four runs (three earned) on six hits and career-high four walks in seven innings. Scott Sitz allowed one run after Gilmartin and before Bennett.
Sam Robinson (1-1) suffered his first career loss in the defeat, allowing the late run that came in on a Miller wild pitch. UM starter Bryan Radziewski didn’t fare too well either, allowing five runs – three earned – on five hits while walking two and striking out three in four innings of work. Javi Salas pitched well in middle relief, holding the Seminoles hitless for three innings.
FSU was led offensively by Mike McGee (1-for-3, two RBI), Devon Travis (1-for-4, two runs) and James Ramsey (2-for-5, RBI).
With the score tied at two after three innings of play, FSU broke the game open with three runs in the top of the fourth. A UM throwing error allowed the go-ahead run to come across before a two-run double off the bat of McGee put the Noles up by three.
Two innings later, UM cut the FSU lead back to one on a RBI single by Perez followed by a RBI ground-out by Melendres.
The score would stay 5-4 under the bottom of the eighth, when Perez brought home Dale Cary from second on another RBI single.
The game was delayed by lightning twice as storms rolled through South Florida for much of the afternoon and evening hours. First it was an hour and five minute delay before the first pitch, then it was another 18 minute delay in the sixth.
Game two is slated for Saturday at 7 p.m.
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University of Miami Postgame Notes:
With the loss, the Hurricanes dropped to…
The Canes last met the Noles on May 26, 2010 at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, winning 9-3 at NewBridge Bank Park. All three games in the regular season were decided by one run in Tallahassee, with Florida State winning the series two games to one.
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