CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Florida State (18-12) dropped its second straight game against Miami (20-11) Saturday, falling to the Hurricanes 4-0 on Mark Light Field. CJ Van Eyk and Clayton Kwiatkowski combined to strike out 12 Canes hitters, but Gabe Rivera’s third inning home run proved to be the game winner.
The Seminoles stranded five batters in the second and third innings, representing the teams best chances to put runs on the board. In the second, Nico Baldor and Nander De Sedas had two-out singles but were stranded. In the third, Cooper Swanson walked and Mike Salvatore singled to put runners on the corners with no outs.
With one out, Drew Mendoza grounded out to pitcher Chris McMahon, who got Swanson at the plate for the second out. After Elijah Cabell walked, J.C. Flowers struck out to end the inning.
Rivera’s second home run of the year was Miami’s first hit of the game. After Van Eyk struck out the side in the fourth, Miami scored three runs in the fifth inning on an Anthony Vilar single, Freddy Zamora’s RBI groundout and Adrian Del Castillo’s single. Kwiatkowski notched the final out of the inning and did not allow a run over 3.1 innings pitched.
A Salvatore walk in the fifth inning and pinch-hitter Alec Sanchez’s single in the eighth inning were the only FSU baserunners over the final five innings. McMahon allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out nine over 7.0 innings.
For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).