The No. 1-ranked Miami Hurricanes took two of three at No. 2 Florida State this weekend. After rolling the Noles, 11-4 in game one – the Canes lost Saturday’s contest, 9-5 – setting up Sunday’s rubber match.
With a curfew due to travel, no inning could start after 3:30pm ET – which worked in favor of The U as the Canes escaped with an 11-10 victory against a feisty Florida State bunch that outscored Miami 6-0 in the final two innings of play.
Yonder Alonso was again the star for Miami as a third inning grand slam erased an early 1-0 deficit. The Canes tacked on another in the third when Mark Sobolewski drove in Dennis Raben with a single to left.
Alonso homered again in the fourth, one batter after Jemile Weeks sent a shot over the right field wall. Raben eventually scored on a wild pitch and the Canes were sitting pretty, up 8-1 in the top of the fourth.
Florida State answered with two in the bottom of the fourth, but Miami came right back with three more of their own. Blake Tekotte led off the inning with a walk, Weeks struck out and Alonso was hit by a pitch. Raben singled to center, bringing Tekotte home and a Ryan Jackson double brought in Raben and Alonso, making it 11-3, Canes.
From there, the tide turned and it was all Florida State. A one-run bottom of the fifth made it 11-4 and it took four Canes batters to amass three outs in the top of the sixth. The Noles poured on five runs and roughed up Kyle Bellamy pretty good. A Buster Posey three-run shot to right center proved to be Florida State’s highlight of the day.
Three up, three down for the ice cold Canes in the seventh, but it proved to be enough as the Noles could only muster up one more run before the game was called. 11-10, Miami and the Canes take the series in Tally.
Miami advances to 33-4 (17-2, ACC) and will gear up for a mid-week visit from Florida International before hosting ACC rival Virgina next weekend at Mark Light Stadium.