April 20, 2003
Coral Gables, Fla. – No. 2 Florida State (36-6-1) and No. 11 Miami (28-9-1) played to a 7-7 tie at Mark Light Field Sunday afternoon in 10 innings of play. Due to FSU’s flight time back to Tallahassee, no inning could start after 4:30 p.m. The Seminoles finished the weekend 2-0-1 on the road vs. the Hurricanes and have now gone 6-0-1 in the last seven games vs. UM. Florida State’s last tie (5-5) came on April 10, 1988 at home against Miami.
In a back-and-forth game, Miami took a 7-6 lead into the ninth inning. Tony Richie reached on an error and Tony McQuade singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. Jerrod Brown hit into a 4-6-3 double play to put Richie at third with two outs. Junior right fielder Blake Balkcom followed with the game’s biggest hit when he tied the score with a double to left center.
The Hurricanes scored the first two runs of the game when Gaby Sanchez and Greg Dini each knocked in runs with two-out singles in the second inning.
Florida State tied it in the top of the third on McQuade’s two-run homer down the left field line. The home run was the sixth of the year for McQuade.
UM regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Danny Figueroa doubled and came around to score on Jim Burt’s single to center.
After the Hurricanes added another run in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-2, FSU put up single runs in the fifth and sixth to tie the game again. McQuade knocked in his third run of the game with a single in the fifth and Matt Sauls had an RBI-single in the sixth.
Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and Adam Ricks drew a walk off FSU reliever Rhett James to plate a run. Paco Figueroa followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 6-4.
The Seminoles battled back to tie the game for the third time with two runs in the top of the seventh. After McQuade singled and Jerrod Brown reached on an error, Balkcom ripped a double down the left field line to pick up two RBI.
UM regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Adam Ricks plated pinch-runner Joey Hooft with a sacrifice fly.
McQuade had a career-high five hits for the Seminoles while Balkcom and Eddy Martinez-Esteve had two hits apiece. McQuade and Balkcom each had three RBI.
FSU used a total of seven pitchers in the game. Kevin Lynch and Danield Hodges combined to hold UM scoreless over the final two frames. Hodges tied the FSU career record for appearances (116).
The six-game series moves to Tallahassee next weekend. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. Friday, 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. Sunday. All three games will be televised live by Sunshine.