April 18, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Top ranked Miami (32-3, 16-1 ACC) erased a four-run deficit to take game one of a three-game set at Dick Howser Stadium with an 11-4 victory over second-ranked Florida State (33-4, 17-2). The loss is just the second suffered by the Seminoles at home in 2008 while it’s just the second set back in the ACC for the Garnet and Gold this year.
After Florida State ran out to a 4-0 lead off Hurricane starter Chris Hernandez (6-0) through the first five innings, Miami captured its first lead of the ballgame thanks to 10 runs in the top of the sixth. Miami sent 14 batters to plate in the sixth recording six hits and two walks while benefiting from three crucial Seminole errors. Following a strike out of Mark Sobolewski for the first out of the inning, nine consecutive batters reached as eight came around to score. A trio of Seminole errors kept the inning alive for the Hurricanes in the sixth.
It was the most runs scored in a single inning by the Hurricanes this year. The last time an opponent scored 10 or more runs in an inning against Florida State was back on May 3, 2004 when Clemson scored 11 runs in the second inning en route to an 18-9 Tiger win.
“We had one of those innings that we would like to forget,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was just a game that Miami just took it to us especially in that inning and we couldn’t stop the bleeding. You just have to take your hat off to them. They did a good job of coming back. You have a four run lead and you never dream you’re going to give up 10.”
Three of the first four hitters in the Hurricane line-up drove in two runs each while three registered at least two hits. Jemile Weeks paced the Miami offense on Friday night with three hits, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Blake Tekotte and Yonder Alonso also recorded two hits and two RBIs.
Jack Rye led the Seminole offense in game one of the series with a 3-for-4 outing as the senior right fielder registered base hits in his first three at-bats. Dennis Guinn was responsible for three of the four runs, while Stuart Tapley drove in the other. Freshman Tyler Holt singled in the fourth as he has now reached base safely in all 37 games this year.
“It was definitely frustrating out there,” explained Rye. “But we have to put this behind us and stay positive. We’re a good ball club. We are going to come out here tomorrow and hopefully get back in the win column.”
The Seminoles took an early 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Tapley. Tony Delmonico and Mike McGee led off the inning with a single and a walk, respectively before Tapley drove home Delmonico with his single to right.
FSU added to its lead in the third as Guinn drove home Buster Posey on a fielding error by Sobolewski at third. For the second straight inning, the lead off batter reached as Posey hit a single to center. He advanced to second on his third stolen base of the year and moved to third on a single through the left side of the infield by Rye. Posey scored a batter later on the RBI fielding error hit off the bat of Guinn.
Guinn gave the Seminoles a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth thanks to his team leading 12th home run of the season. The senior first base man took a 2-0 offering from Hernandez and hit it off the left field foul pole for a two-run shot. The runs came on two outs as Rye kept the inning alive with a single to center.
The lead was short lived as Miami came rushing out of the gates with a 10 spot in the sixth to take the lead for good and win its third straight game over its intra-state rival.
FSU starter Matt Fairel suffered his first loss of the season falling to 8-1 on the year. He was charged with a career-high eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits. The Winter Haven, Fla., native walked three and struck out four as he tossed 107 pitches. Fairel looked in control through the first five innings as the sophomore southpaw had given up just five hits while striking out three.
The Hurricanes increased their lead to 11-4 in the eighth on back-to-back hits off Seminole reliever Bo O’Dell. Following a strikeout to catcher Jason Hagerty, Tekotte doubled off the wall in right center and scored a batter later on Weeks’ single to left.
“They did what they needed to do,” added Martin. “Miami gave themselves opportunities. They had good at-bats tonight.”
Florida State and Miami return to the diamond on Saturday, April 19 in game two of a three game set on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. Fans can catch all the action over the internet as ACC Select and gametracker will be available for the contest. The game can also be heard live over the radio on 100.7 FM as well as on XM Radio channel 190 with Eric Luallen providing all the play-by-play action.