FSU Falls to Miami in Game 1

Florida State had its opportunities but stranded too many runners, while Miami maximized its opportunities and came away victors in the first game of the series.

Luke Weaver gave up one earned run through six innings with seven strikeouts, six hits, and two walks. None of those hits were for extra bases. He took the loss today because of three errors and two passed balls by the Seminole infielders. Senior short stop and captain Justin Gonzalez and second baseman John Sansone, who are normally very sure handed defenders, both had errors in the fifth inning that led to runs being scored. Catcher Danny De La Calle had a passed ball in the fourth that eventually led to a run as well.

Florida State did have its opportunities however. The Seminoles scored a run in the bottom of the first, but their best opportunity came in the third inning. Josh Delph and Gonzalez were on first and third and Florida State's best hitter, D.J. Stewart, was up to bat. Stewart ended up striking out. Knief tried to bunt, but Delph was thrown out at home and then Nogowski struck out to end the inning.

A positive note for the Seminoles was the performance of freshman relief pitcher Taylor Blatch. Blatch had struggled in his previous two outings, although one was against the Yankees, but was excellent today. He threw 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball in which he did not give up a hit and had two strikeouts to go with one walk. Gage Smith came on for the last batter of the top of the ninth after a Gonzalez throwing error had put runners on second and third. Smith got the fly out to center to end the inning.

Florida State will fall to 6-1 on the season. Miami will improve to 5-3. This was considered a non-conference game and will not affect the ACC standings. Brandon Liebrandt will be the starting pitcher for Game 2 of the series tomorrow at 2 PM.

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