DICK HOWSER STADIUM
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
#2 Florida State and #3 Miami played to a 7-7 tie in ten innings on Sunday, thanks to a travel curfew that meant no inning could start after 4:30. The Seminoles fell behind in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings, battling back from deficits all game long before tying it for good in the top of the ninth inning.
Daniel Davidson started the game for the Noles, but only lasted 3.2 innings after giving up four runs on six hits with three uncharacteristic walks and two strikeouts. Hunter Jones, Eddie Cannon, and Kevin Lynch all had good outings on the mound for the Noles, while Rhett James, Glen Simon, and Daniel Hodges did not. James got roughed up for two runs during his time out there, and Hodges had two runners on base in the bottom of the tenth before getting out of the jam to end the game. Hodges is now tied with Zach Diaz at 116 for the Seminole record for most pitching appearances.
The Seminoles jumped all over Miami starter Brandon Camardese in the first inning with three singles to load the bases with two outs, but failed to score when Blake Balkcom grounded out to second.
Miami took a the lead in the bottom of the second inning when rightfielder Brian Barton reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on a single through the left side by thirdbaseman Gaby Sanchez. A single by catcher Greg Dini then brought Barton home to give the Canes a 2-0 lead.
Florida State tied it up in the next inning when Eddy Martinez-Esteve walked and scored when Tony McQuade hit his sixth homerun of the year. The Canes took the lead back in the bottom of the third when Danny Figueroa doubled down the left field line, and eventually scored on a single to center by firstbaseman Jim Burt that gave UM a 3-2 lead.
Miami took a 4-2 lead in the fourth frame when Sanchez walked, moved to second on a single by leftfielder Matt Barket, and to third when D. Figueroa walked, before scoring on a fielder's choice by secondbaseman Adam Ricks.
The Noles pulled to within one in the fifth inning, but it may have been a costly run, as Martinez-Esteve pulled a hamstring going to second on a double to right. Kevin Richmond was brought in to pinch run and moved to third on a fly ball by Tony Richie before scoring on a single to left by McQuade. Martinez-Esteve's status for next weekend is unknown right now.
FSU tied the game again in the next inning when Hart singled to left field with two outs, moved to second on another single by Bryan Zech, and scored on Matt Sauls' single to left. After Miami intentionally walked Drew to load the bases, Aaron Cheesman pinch hit for Hunter Jones, but flew out to centerfield to end the threat with the score 4-4.
UM came right back in the bottom of the inning when Sanchez, Dini, and D. Figueroa all singled off of Rhett James to load the bases with one out. After James walked Ricks to put the Canes on top 5-4, Eddie Cannon gave up a sacrifice fly to Paco Figueroa that put the Canes on top 6-4 before striking out Burt to end the inning.
Once again, the Noles battled back in the seventh when McQuade singled to left-center and moved to second when Jerrod Brown reached on a fielding error by the Miami shortstop, P. Figueroa who was playing because Miami skipper Jim Morris benched Ryan Braun for throwing his bat earlier in the game. Balkcom then tied it up with a base-clearing double down the left field line.
The Hurricanes took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, for the last time, when Simon beaned Dini with a pitch, and Joey Hooft who was pinch-running for him, moved to second on a single by leftfielder Tom Shannon, third on a fly ball by D. Figueroa, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ricks that gave Miami a 7-6 lead.
The Noles got that run right back in the top of the ninth inning when Richie reached on the Miami shortstop's second error of the game, moved to second on a single up the middle by McQuade, third on a double-play ball by Brown, and scored on another double by Balkcom to tie the game at 7-7.
Kevin Lynch pitched a perfect ninth inning to retire the Canes in order, by Miami closer Hueguet returned the favor in the top of the tenth. Daniel Hodges had one out in the bottom of the inning when Shannon reached on an infield single and moved to second when D. Figueroa singled through the left side. Ricks then singled to left field to move Shannon to third, but Figueroa was caught off the bag at secondbase to put runners on the corners with two outs. P. Figueroa then grounded out to Zech at secondbase to end the game.
Florida State went to 36-6-1 with the tie while the Canes are now 28-9-1 on the season. This is the first tie for the Noles since they battled the Hurricanes to a 5-5 tie in Tallahassee on April 10th, 1988. FSU has the week off before hosting Miami for a three game series at Dick Howser next weekend. Game times are 7:00, 7:00, and 1:00, with all three games scheduled for live broadcast on The Sunshine Network.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Tony McQuade (5-5,2 R, 3 RBI, HR)