Wayne McGahee III

FSU Falls To Miami 4-2

Florida State drops the series opener to rival Miami.

No. 9 Florida State dropped the series opener against No. 3 Miami 4-2. Reliever Jim Voyles picked up the loss.

The game was delayed an hour due to lightning, and had another lightning delay in the third inning. Starter Drew Carlton held up very well despite the delays, and kept the Hurricanes off the board for the first four innings.

The Seminoles took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Donovan Petrey and an RBI walk by Matt Henderson. It was the first time in the last ten ACC games that Florida State got on the board first.

Miami cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI triple by Johnny Ruiz with no outs. Carlton pitched around it and kept the Seminoles up 2-1 after five.

Carlton was relieved by Jim Voyles at the top of the sixth inning. He went 5 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits with 6 strikeouts. 

Voyles got into trouble in the seventh inning, and gave up 2 runs on an RBI double to Randy Batista. That gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish. 

The Seminoles had their chance in the bottom of the eighth inning, but failed to take advantage. Nick Graganella pinch ran for Quincy Neiporte after a leadoff double. He moved to third on a Dylan Busby groundout. Florida State tried to safety squeeze him in, but Steven Wells Jr. bunted right back to the pitcher and Graganella was thrown out at home on a controversial call. 

The Hurricanes added one more run in the ninth off of Alec Byrd on an RBI triple by Willie Abreu to make it 4-2. The Seminoles put a runner on second in the ninth, but couldn't mount the comeback.

The Seminoles fall to 33-18 and 15-9 in the ACC. They will look to even the series on Friday, May 20 at 6 PM. 

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