April 29, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Miami’s Eric Erickson silenced the Florida State (39-7, 17-4) bats on Sunday afternoon as the Seminoles fell 7-1 to the Hurricanes (27-19, 12-12) in game three at Mark Light Field. Buster Posey was responsible for the lone Seminole run in game three as he hit an RBI single to right in the top of the sixth. Despite the loss, the Seminoles took the series from the Hurricanes for the first time since Miami joined the ACC in 2005 and for the first time since FSU took 2-of-3 from the Hurricanes in Tallahassee.
Posey had an outstanding series as the sophomore catcher collected eight RBI’s on the weekend including a career-high seven runs batted in and his first career grand slam in Saturday’s 13-8 victory. Tony Thomas, Jr. was the only Seminole batter to record multiple hits on Sunday as the junior second basemen went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to raise his batting average to .450 on the year.
Danny Rosen (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he took to the mound for his first start in the Garnet and Gold. The Miami, Fla., native went four plus innings allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits. He walked four and struck out three.
Erickson (6-3) pitched a gem for the Hurricanes as the freshman lefty gave up just one run on six hits. He allowed just three hits and one runner to get to second base through the first five innings. More importantly Erickson did not walk a batter as he struck out three.
Rosen’s collegiate debut got off to a shaky start as Miami scored a run in its first at-bat. The junior right hander issued a walk and back-to-back singles including an RBI hit to center by Dennis Raben. Roger Tomas scored on the play as he drew a one out walk. After a visit to the mound by Martin, Rosen settled down as he struck out the next two Hurricane batters to end the inning.
Both starting pitchers found their groove for the next three innings as the score remained 1-0 until the Hurricanes half of the fifth when things got a little sloppy for the Seminoles.
Miami struck for five runs on five hits to take a 6-0 lead. Florida State aided the Hurricane effort in the fifth committing a pair of throwing errors. The first three batters reached base on a pair of singles and a throwing error by Rosen which lead to Miami’s first run. That would end the afternoon for the Seminole starter as Rosen went four plus innings.
Travis Burge came on and gave up two singles including an RBI single to Raben. The sophomore left hander committed the second Seminole error of the afternoon as he under threw a Jemile Weeks bunt single over to first which resulted in another Hurricane run.
The Seminoles went to the bullpen yet again as Jimmy Marshall was the third pitcher to make an appearance in the fifth. Mark Sobolewski stepped in and singled to center scoring Raben. FSU finally got an out but it wasn’t for another Miami run as Marshall got Gus Menendez to hit a sacrifice fly to right. Richard O’Brien ended the inning as he hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
Florida State broke through with its first run off Erickson in the sixth. Thomas led off the sixth with a double to the wall in left. Following a Mark Hallberg single to center, Buster Posey laced an RBI single through the right side scoring Thomas to cut the Miami lead to 6-1. The Seminoles squandered a golden opportunity to push a few more runs across as FSU had runners on first and second with no body out. But Erickson got three straight fly outs to hit the inning.
Marshall went back out for the sixth and pitched the second 1-2-3 inning of the afternoon. Despite a Ryan Jackson leadoff triple, the drawn in infield got a groundout to second by Tekotte and a double play groundout by Tomas. Brandon Reichert fielded the ball by Tomas, stepped on the bag at first and fired on to Posey at the plate to get the diving Jackson and complete the double play.
Marshall was effective out of the bullpen throwing two scoreless innings allowing just two hits.
Michael Hyde made his first relief appearance of the season in the seventh and gave up a run as the Hurricanes increased their lead to 7-1. Yonder Alonso was hit by the first pitch of the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Sobolewski. Mark Gildea was charged with a fielding error on the play as he misjudged the fly ball to center by Sobolewski allowing it to fall in on a diving attempt.
Luke Tucker pitched the eighth and was once again impressive in his fourth appearance of the season. The senior right hander gave up a hit, while striking out two to keep the Hurricanes off the scoreboard.
Florida State will hit the road for the second straight weekend as they head to College Park for a three-game ACC series against Maryland beginning Friday, May 4. Friday’s game will be broadcasted live on Sun Sports with the first pitch slated for 7:00 pm. Saturday’s and Sunday’s contest is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start time. Fans can also follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.