April 4, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – It took just one inning, but it was all Miami (22-8, 9-5 ACC) needed on Saturday night in picking up a 6-4 victory over Florida State (18-9, 7-5 ACC) on Mark Light Field inside Alex Rodriguez Park. The Hurricanes plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth in evening the season series at a game a piece. The loss snapped the Seminoles season-high eight game winning streak.
Florida State starter Brian Busch held the Hurricanes hitless through the first five innings until giving up a two-run home run to Jason Hagerty in the sixth. Miami went on to score three more runs in the inning to grab its first lead of the game and first lead of the series. Five of Miami’s six hits all came in the fifth inning.
Chris Hernandez (3-2) tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts on Saturday evening to pick up the win. The sophomore southpaw worked 6.2 innings before giving way to closer Kyle Bellamy. Bellamy was perfect in his 2.1 innings of work in earning his eighth save of the season. The junior right hander struck out five of the seven batters that he faced. In all, the Seminoles set a season-high striking out 16 times in game two.
“You just have to credit Miami,” said head coach Mike Martin. “They did a very good job; coach (Jim) Morris did a good job of running his ball club. It was a ball game that unfortunately got away from us. But you just have to credit Miami.”
Busch went five plus innings in earning a no decision. The freshman left hander gave up three runs on just one hit as he walked three and struck out four.
Bo O’Dell looked sharp in his two scoreless innings of relief as the Kissimmee, Fla., native gave up just one hit while striking out two.
Five different Seminoles registered a hit on Saturday as Stephen Cardullo led all Seminoles with two hits. Stuart Tapley and Jason Stidham were responsible for all the Florida State runs in game two as both hitters recorded two RBI each.
The Seminoles picked up where they left off from Friday night connecting on their eighth home run of the series in the top of the first. With Cardullo on at first after recording an infield single, Stidham went opposite field off Hernandez to give Florida State an early 2-0 lead. The junior second baseman took a 1-1 offering from Hernandez out to left for his second home run in as many games and third of the season. The single by Cardullo extended his hit streak to a career-best 12 games.
Miami threatened in its half of the first but Busch left Scott Lawson stranded on third as he got Chris Herrmann looking on strikes for the final out of the inning.
The Hurricanes manufactured a run in the bottom of the second without recording a hit to cut the Seminole lead in half. Busch issued a walk to Harold Martinez and then hit Yasmani Grandal with a 1-0 pitch to start the inning. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Dave DiNatale. With Miami designated hitter Vickash Ramjit at the plate, Busch unleashed on a wild pitch allowing Martinez to score. Grandal tried to score on the play as the throw from Rafael Lopez trickled down the third baseline. Tapley retrieved the ball and threw on to Busch at the plate in plenty of time to get the Hurricane catcher out at the plate. On the very next pitch, Ramjit grounded out to Cardullo at short to end the inning.
The Seminoles added to their lead in the third on a two-run double by Tapley. The Florida State third baseman ripped a pitch off the wall in right scoring Lopez and Cardullo for a 4-1 lead. Lopez opened the Seminole third with a single through the right side on the first pitch from Hernandez and advanced to second two batters later on a single to left by Cardullo, his second hit in as many at-bats.
Miami once again looked to cut into the Seminole lead in the fifth as Ryan Jackson drew a one out walk and then successfully stole second and third. But that was as far as the Hurricane shortstop would get as Busch got Nathan Melendres looking on strikes for the second straight at-bat to end the inning. After battling with the Hurricane center fielder, Busch came out the victor sneaking a fastball passed Melendres on the inside corner on the tenth pitch of the at-bat.
The first hit for Miami on Saturday night was a big one as Hagerty brought Miami within one on a two-run shot to left. After Busch walked Lawson to start the sixth, Hagerty connected on his sixth home run of the season to cut the Florida State lead to 4-3.
Busch’s night would come to a close after the home run as Martin called on John Gast (3-3). The sophomore southpaw gave up an infield single to Herrmann but quickly erased the Hurricane base runner picking off Herrmann at first. The pick off came at a great time as the Hurricanes followed with back-to-back singles by Harold Martinez and Grandol leading to another Seminole pitching change.
Geoff Parker came on and got DiNatale swinging on strikes for the second out of the inning. The game would swing drastically in favor of Miami one batter later as pinch hitter Ted Blackmon singled through the right side. With Martinez rounding third and looking to plate the tying run, D’Vontrey Richardson came charging on and pulled his glove up a little too early allowing the ball to go all the way to wall in right and Martinez to score easily. Two more runs would score on the fielding error including Grandal and Blackmon as Miami took a 6-4 advantage.
Hernandez and Bellamy proved to be too much down the stretch allowing just three Seminole hitters on base after the third inning. After Hernandez issued a walk to Holt in the seventh, Bellamy entered and retired the next seven hitters to close out the game.
Florida State and Miami return to the diamond for the final game of a three game set on Sunday, April 5 with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Sunday’s game will air live on CSS. Fans can listen to the action locally on 100.7 FM and over the internet on www.seminoles.com. Live stats will also be available via gametracker.