April 23, 2005
“This one was a game we did not deserve to win,” said FSU head coach Mike Martin. “Miami deserved this one. They got it done tonight. There were a couple situations where we walked a couple of people and you just can’t do that against Miami. You have to make them earn it, which they did most of the night. They had quality at bats tonight.”
The outing was the second longest of Browning’s FSU career. He allowed five hits and four earned runs but also struck out five batters. Free passes hurt the junior left-hander. His four walks were the most he had given up in an appearance since February 20.
“I thought Barret pitched very well,” said Martin. “I was very pleased with his poise. He got out there and battled tonight.”
For the second straight night the Seminoles got off to a quick start versus a Miami starter. Robinson opened the game with a hit. Saturday it was a double up the middle. Ryne Malone followed with a walk before Camerdese got his first out of the game on a K. A line out down the right field line got the Canes one out away from escaping any trouble and Camerdese then got his second strikeout, this one looking, to end the top of the first.
After a top of the first were FSU threatened to take the lead, it took Miami just one swing to jump in front. Browning got the first hitter of the inning but Paco Figueroa sent the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a solo homerun.
Robinson led off another inning with another double in the third. Malone followed with a shot to the wall in right field but Paco Figueroa was there to reel in the ball while crashing into the Papa John’s ad. The fly ball did allow Robinson to move to third base and the sophomore then came home on a ground out to short tying the game.
Browning got in trouble with the most dangerous part of the Miami order in the bottom of the third. He gave up a one out hit to the lead off hitter and then hit Paco Figueroa putting two on with Ryan Braun and Jon Jay due up. Browning then hit Braun on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases for one of the nation’s top hitters in Jay. Jay grounded out weakly to first but he did push across UM’s second run of the game. Browning limited the damage to just one run as he finished off the third with a K looking.
Miami added to its lead in the fourth. Walter Diaz led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed over to second. Alex Garabedian then drove the run in with a single through the left side making it a 3-1 game.
Jack Rye opened the fifth pinch hitting for Ruairi O’Connor. The freshman was hit by a pitch. Tony Thomas, Jr. then reached safely on an attempted sacrifice bunt putting two on with nobody out. Camardese got the first out on a fly ball but neither runner was able to move up a base. A hard hit ball to second accounted for the second out as a fielder’s choice left runners on the corners with two down but once again FSU couldn’t capitalize as the Seminoles left their fourth and fifth runners on base.
Paco Figueroa, who already homered and got on via a hit by pitch, led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to center field. He moved to third on a fly out to right but Browning came back strong and got the next two batters to end the Cane threat.
Danny Wardell then breathed some life into the Seminoles as he sent a shot over the left field wall closing the gap on the scoreboard to 3-2.
Browning opened the seventh by walking the first two batters he faced, the second on four straight pitches. The second walk ended Browning’s night. It was the second longest outing of his career. That brought Paco Figueroa to the plate looking for his third hit. The senior faked bunt and then chopped one to third. Ryne Jernigan was there covering but after he smothered the ball he had no play on the infield single loading the bases. That brought none other than Kevin Lynch into the game. It was the ninth time Lynch came in with the bases loaded and the second time in the series. On seven previous occasions he did not allow a run to score but once again the Seminole defense let down. Lynch induced a tailor made double play ball that would have allowed one run to score but after making the out at second Thomas sailed his throw into the UM dugout allowing another run to come home putting the Canes up 5-2.
The Seminoles did bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Down to its last two outs, Jernigan got on after a difficult bouncer to first was misplayed for Miami’s second error of the game. Pinch hitter Josh Spivey got caught looking at strike three bringing UM one out closer to clinching the series but a walk to Rye brought the tying run to the plate but closer Chris Perez (3) got pinch hitter Bryan Henry to end the game.
Florida State will complete its series in Coral Gables, FL with Miami Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game will be carried live on Sun Sports. Game Tracker will be available for all this year’s games along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.