'Noles upend 'Canes

Injured or ineffective for stretches much of the season, Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew finally came to life Friday night to lead the Seminoles over No. 5 Miami 6-5 in the series opener. Drew smacked a pair of homers and tied a career-high with five RBI. His three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh put FSU back in control, providing an answer after the Hurricanes took a 5-3 lead in the top half of the frame.

Injured or ineffective for stretches much of the season, Florida State shortstop Stephen Drew finally came to life Friday night to lead the Seminoles over No. 5 Miami 6-5 in the series opener.

Drew smacked a pair of homers and tied a career-high with five RBI. His three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh put FSU back in control, providing an answer after the Hurricanes took a 5-3 lead in the top half of the frame.

"[Miami reliever J.D.] Cockroft hung a slider and I was ready for it," Drew said of his game-winning shot. "I put a good swing on it and fortunately it carried enough to get out of here."

The performance was extra sweet given how the season has played out thus far for the preseason All-American. Drew missed 11 games last month with a strained hip. Upon his return an 0-for-16 skid ensued.

"I just tried to treat it like my Spring Training," he said. "I didn't think of it as a slump, really. It had to do more with missing almost a month. With the pitching as good as it is, it takes awhile to get back into things."

Drew, who batted just .211 with one homer against Miami last year, posted the fifth multi-homer game of his career.

Brian Schultz (4-0) picked up the victory for the Seminoles (25-9). The lefthander faced just one batter, striking out Jon Jay with runners on second and third to end the Hurricane threat in the seventh.

Rhett James tossed the final two innings for the Seminoles to pick up his third save on the season.

"I'm proud of the way (Drew) played tonight," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "What he did tonight gave us a tremendous lift. Our team as a whole played with poise."

The homerun was the weapon of choice for both teams – every run in the game except one came via the long ball. Second-baseman Bryan Zech led off the fifth with a solo shot to left for FSU while Brian Braun (two homers, three RBI) and Brian Barton went deep for the 'Canes (24-7).

FSU leading hitter Eddy Martinez-Esteve, a Miami native, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on the night and saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end.

The teams will meet again tonight at 7 p.m. Sunday's finale, scheduled for 1 p.m., can be seen on Sunshine network.

NOTABLE: The crowd of 6,017 was the seventh-largest in Dick Howser Stadium history. .. Mark Sauls will start tomorrow. Lefty Hunter Jones, who went just 1.2 innings in his last start, was pushed back to Sunday


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