FSU outlasts Miami 8-7 In 17 Innings

Florida State loses a four run lead late, but prevails in extras 8-7

Florida State took down Miami after 17 innings with an 8-7 win. Will Zirzow is the winning pitcher going the last 3.2 innings and giving up no runs on 2 hits and 1 walk.

Starting pitcher Boomer Biegalski was excellent going 5.1 innings while giving up one run that wasn’t earned on 2 hits and three walks with 5 strikeouts.

The Florida State offense got on the board in the second inning after Dylan Busby hit an RBI double to bring in Quincy Neiporte. Neiporte added another run in the fourth with a solo homerun to left that went off the scoreboard.

Danny De La Calle destroyed a baseball over the left field wall to start the fifth and Neiporte came through again with his second double of the game, this time scoring D.J. Stewart from First to make it 4-0.

The Florida State bullpen really struggled once Biegalski left the game. Dylan Silva gave up three runs, one earned, in one inning while giving up a hit and two walks. He also had a throwing error that led to a run. Alec Byrd came in for one pitch, but gave up a single to left. Jim Voyles came in and got one out before being replaced by Billy Strode. He was able to get out of the inning, but not before Miami tied it at 4 in the seventh. Strode was excellent as usual giving up no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk with a strike out in 2.1 innings.

Florida State had a chance to go ahead in the eighth inning with runners on first and second and Josh Delph hitting a single to right, but third base coach waved Taylor Walls home and he was thrown out easily.

Miami responded with their own scoring chance in the eighth when Carl Chester doubled down the left field line. It looked as though Miami had scored the go ahead run, but the ball rolled under a gate in left and was ruled a ground rule double. Dylan Busby made an outstanding play at third to end the inning.

Cobi Johnson came in to pitch in the tenth for Strode and dominated in his first inning. Florida State was able to bring across a run thanks to a Darren Miller RBI walk in the eleventh, but Miami came right back with a run of their own after a single, sacrifice bunt, and then two Johnson wild pitches.

Martin stayed with Johnson and Florida State again went ahead in the thirteenth after a DJ Stewart RBI single. Once again Miami would come right back getting an RBI single from Ricky Eusebio.

A Taylor Walls sac fly in the fourteenth put Florida State ahead 7-6, but again Miami would come back. Alex Deise came in for Johnson after a lead off walk to George Iskendrian. Iskendrian would steal second and then a wild pitch and a throwing error by De La Calle would bring him around to tie the game at 7. Zirzow relieved Deise and got the Seminoles out of the inning.

Neither team would do much in the fifteenth and sixteenth innings, but Ben DeLuzio would lead off the seventeenth with a single through the left side of the infield. DeLuzio would steal second and advance to third on a Walls fly out to right. DeLuzio would score on a wild pitch to make it 8-7.

Miami would try to mount another comeback in the bottom half of the inning with a lead off single by Brandon Lopez. Miami would sacrifice him over, but a fly out to center field would catch Lopez napping on the basepath and he was tagged out to end the game.

Florida State improves to 32-12 on the season and 15-7 in the ACC. This loss was Miami’s third loss at home on the season. They are now 22-3. The two teams will play again at 7 PM on ESPN on Saturday. Drew Carlton is expected to get the start for the Seminoles.



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