In fact, UM coach Jim Morris had nothing but praise about FSU, especially its pitching staff. The Seminoles have recorded six shutouts on the season (had four last year) and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 2.53 ERA (opponent batting avg. of .231).
"We had terrible effort," Morris said of FSU's 12-0 win Sunday.
"We pitched terrible, we didn't hit. As far as I'm concerned. It's a credit to Florida State – their pitching. But you can't expect to be shut out twice. That's a very poor effort on our team, but a great effort on their pitchers. We came in knowing they had great pitching. Their entire pitching staff, I think is very good. There's no question about it. With the team ERA that they have (2.53), your entire staff has got to pitch well. They've got an outstanding staff."
Daniel Davidson, who gave up four runs in 3.2 innings two Sundays ago in Miami, came out determined to turn things around in his second meeting with the Hurricanes last Sunday.. The senior left-hander, getting the start on FSU's Senior Day, did just that. Davidson allowed just two hits over 5.2 innings, allowing only two Miami baserunners to reach as far as second base.
"In my mind, when I came out, I wasn't going to let these guys do what they did to me last week," said Davidson, who has not lost a decision (13-0) in his FSU career. "That was embarrassing to me. And, the fact that it was Senior Day, and the last regular season home game in front of our fans, I wanted to go out and give them a show – especially being a senior.
After Davidson departed in the sixth inning, relievers Kevin Lynch, Hunter Jones, and closer Daniel Hodges combined to surrender just two hits in 3.2 innings of relief.
INJURY UPDATE: FSU was without three key players, including two starters, at one point in Sunday's game. But FSU coach Mike Martin said the season is at a point where FSU can't afford injuries. FSU has 10 games remaining in the regular season, and he expects at least two of the injured to be available for the Georgia Tech. Third baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve took one at-bat before he re-injured a pulled hamstring. Blake Balkcom, dogged by a quadriceps injury most of the season, sprained both ankles. Derrick Smith missed another series with a sprained hand.
FACELIFT: The bids for the NCAA regional and super-regional tournaments aren't due until May16. But Martin is optimistic that FSU will be playing at home when the postseason begins May30. And he is certain that the renovation of Dick Howser will not play a role in the NCAA's decision-making process in selecting sites. "Absolutely not. It will not be a factor," Martin told the Tallahassee Democrat.
AROUND THE HORN: Quick hitting baseball notes: *The Seminoles are 64-9-1 in their last 74 games, dating back to the middle of the 2002 season. ... FSU finished 4-1-1 against the Miami Hurricanes this year and have gone 9-2-1 vs. UM over the last two seasons. ... Sunday marked FSU's final home game as the Seminoles finished 30-3 at Dick Howser Stadium in 2003. Six seniors were honored before Sunday's "senior day" game (LHP Daniel Hodges, LHP Matt Lynch, RHP Chris Whidden, 1B Jerrod Brown, LHP Daniel Davidson and 2B/3B Chris Hart)...FSU is now tied for first in the ACC standings with Georgia Tech at 11-4 after the Yellow Jackets were swept vs. Clemson. NC State is third (13-5) after taking 2-of-3 from UNC. ... Daniel Hodges set the FSU record with his 117th career appearance Friday vs. Miami. He broke the mark formerly held by Zach Diaz (1996-99) and added another appearance Sunday to bring his career total to 118. He notched his 30th career save Friday and is two away from the FSU all-time record. ... The two shutouts of Miami in Tallahassee marked the first time the Seminoles have held the Hurricanes scoreless in two games since 1975. ... Opponents are just 29-54 (53.7 percent ) on stolen base attempts this season and FSU has totaled 14 pick-offs. All-American catcher Tony Richie leads the team with six pick-offs, followed by Trent Peterson (four) Mark Sauls (two) Matt Lynch (two) Richie, who was named to the Golden Spikes Award Top 25 Watch List, led the ACC last year with six pick-offs.
BAD CHOICE: A bad decision obviously hurt Talman Gardner in the wallet during last weekend's NFL draft.
Gardner was stopped by Tallahassee police, along with former Seminoles cornerback Malcolm Tatum, when the two were traveling around the parking lot of a secured area at 1:30 a.m. on April 13.
During a routine inspection, police found a small bag of marijuana and a loaded handgun, belong to Gardner, which did not have a concealed weapons permit.
The resulting arrest likely cost Gardner more than a half-million dollars in a combined signing bonus and rookie contract, especially if he were chosen in the second or third round as once projected.
GOOD CHOICE: At the urging of Tyke Tolbert, the Arizona Cardinals new receivers coach and Florida's ex- recruiting coordinator, Anquan Boldin was chosen by the Cardinals in the second round.
He was the first Florida State player drafted, the 54th overall selection.
"(Tolbert) and I talked the other day and he told me that if I was available they were going to take me, and he held true to his word," said Boldin, a fourth-year junior, who opted to forego a final year of college eligibility.
"It feels good to be somewhere where you are wanted," Boldin said. "They (Cardinals) just lost three receivers and they are looking for me and whoever else to come in and contribute right away." For the first time in seven years, FSU did not have a player chosen among the top 50 overall selections. Defensive end Tony Bryant was chosen in the second round (Oakland Raiders) of the 1999 draft (40th overall) -- the only time since 1996 when the Seminoles didn't have a first- round representative.
HOOP IT UP: FSU finished seventh in the nation and second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense with a .391 mark. The 2002-03 Seminoles became the first FSU team to hold its opponents under .400 shooting from the field since the 1956-57 season when J.K. "Bud" Kennedy's ninth team held its opponents to .396 shooting from the field.
During the last 44 years, the Seminoles have shot above .400 each season, included at or above .500 percent four times. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton led Miami to the nation's No. 1 ranking in field goal percentage defense during the 1998 season. The Seminoles have been ranked in the nation's top 10 throughout the season and were the nation's toughest team to shoot against during the first four weeks of the season. During the Seminoles 16-game ACC season, they held seven of the eight ACC teams below their season field goal percentage average. Only NC State and Clemson shot above their season average against the Seminoles defense.
TRACK & FIELD: Junior Dorian Scott was the top Seminole finisher at the Penn Relays by placing second in the men's shot put competition. Scott threw for a mark of 63' 9" (19.43m), which was a collegiate best for him in that event. But what is most impressive is that Scott's mark breaks the all-time Florida State outdoor record in the shot put for the second time this year. Freshman Garrett Johnson set the record earlier this season at the Florida Relays when he established a mark of 61' 11" (18.87m).
HONORS: FSU catcher Elisa Vasquez topped off her best week ever in a Seminole uniform with her first-ever ACC Player of the Week selection.
Vasquez, from Hesperia, Calif., added to her team lead in RBIs (40), two-out RBIs (17) and game-winning RBIs (9) last week as she led FSU to sweeps over Florida and Virginia. This is her first-ever ACC Player of the Week honor and she is the fifth Florida State player chosen for the honor. Only UNC has as many selections as FSU this year.
Vasquez knocked in three game-winning RBIs and 10 RBIs overall as she led FSU offensively to a 4-0 record. The catcher/designated player hit .538, slugged 1.231 and was on base 57 percent of the time. She knocked in 10 RBIs, scored five times, recorded a double, a triple and two home runs on top of not striking out once all week. She hit .500 with runners in scoring position, .600 with two outs, three of her 10 RBIs came with two outs and she posted four straight games with an RBI including three consecutive multi-RBI games.
"This is so exciting and I am flattered by the honor," said Vasquez. "I felt really comfortable and calm at the plate all week. I really wanted to help my team get wins over Florida and Virginia and lucky I was able to do that. I have been working hard on producing in key situations to take some of the pressure off our pitchers."