Florida State fell to Miami 8-5 in the first game of the double header, and dropped the series to the Hurricanes. Starter Cole Sands picks up the loss and falls to 4-6 on the season.
Miami got on the board in the first inning on a Zack Collins solo home run to left center. Willie Abreu added a solo home run in the top of the second to make it 2-0 Miami. It was the seventh time in the last eleven ACC games that the Seminoles have given up a run in the first inning.
Florida State got on the board in the bottom half of the second on a Stephen Wells Jr. sacrifice fly to right field, cutting the lead Miami lead to 2-1.
The Hurricanes got it back and then some over the next two innings. Johnny Ruiz drove in two runs in the third on an RBI double. Florida State's Cole Sands was pulled with one out in the fourth inning for Mike Compton. Sands gave up 5 runs in 3.1 innings on 6 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Compton wasn't any more effective than Sands was giving up RBI singles by Edgar Michelangeli, Zack Collins, and Brandon Lopez in the fourth to make it 8-1 Hurricanes.
Florida State got one run back in the fourth on an RBI single by Steven Wells Jr. to make it 8-2. The Seminoles had a chance to get more with runners on the corners, but couldn't take advantage.
Will Zirzow replaced Mike Compton at the top of the fifth inning. The fifth inning was an eventful one after the benches cleared after Miami's Randy Batista was thrown out at home plate to end the inning. No one was ejected, and no runs were scored in the inning.
The Seminoles added a run in the sixth on a Jackson Lueck RBI single up the middle cutting the Miami lead to 8-3. They had a chance to get more with two runners in scoring position, but Taylor Walls hit a ball right at the right fielder.
Andrew Karp replaced Will Zirzow in the top of the eighth inning after three scoreless frames. He gave up one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
Florida State got two more runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a Miami throwing error to make it 8-5.
Andrew Karp was pulled with one out and two on in the ninth for Matthew Kinney. Kinney hit the first batter to load the bases, but got a strikeout and line out to end the inning.
Florida State put the first two runners on via walks in the ninth, but three straight strikeouts ended the game.
Florida State falls to 33-19 and 15-10 in the ACC. They will look to avoid the sweep in the second game of the double header starting 45 minutes after this game ended.