Noles Drop One To The Canes

TALLAHASSEE – Ignore a shaky first inning and Miami starting pitcher Cesar Carrillo was nearly perfect. Carrillo (5-0) threw seven innings and gave up just two hits after Florida State batted around in the opening frame to lead the Hurricanes to a 17-11 victory over the Seminoles Saturday night to even the series.

Carrillo, a mid-season addition to the rotation, gave up back-to-back homers to Stephen Drew and Eddy Martinez-Esteve before outfielder Shane Robinson drove in another run for the Seminoles with an infield single. Miami third-baseman Gaby Sanchez misfired on the same play and his throwing error allowed the fourth FSU run to cross home.

"I just tried to keep my composure," said Carrillo. "I knew there were eight more innings to go."

The jitters and nerves that caused him to leave his pitches high were gone in the second when Carrillo retired the side in order. In the end, Carrillo turned in a masterful performance in the biggest start of his young career.

"After the first inning I settled down," he said. "I was able to get the ball down and locate my pitches."

Carrillo used a curve and two-seamer to strike out five FSU hitters. The freshman walked two and gave up four runs, three of them earned.

The Hurricanes touched three different Seminole pitchers for three runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Paco Figueroa's three-run double off the right field fence in the fourth effectively turned the tide, transforming a 4-3 FSU lead into 6-4 Miami advantage.

After UM plated five more in the top of the seventh, the rout was on. They never looked back. Miami's 15 runs and 15 hits were the most by an FSU opponent this year. The 'Canes also took advantage of the 11 walks issued by Seminole pitchers.

Figueroa was 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Miami attack. Every Hurricane position player that started scored and had at least one hit.

Mark Sauls (3-2) took the loss for the Seminoles in his first game as the No. 2 starter. Sauls gave up six runs on six hits in 3.2 innings in front of a crowd of 6,387 at Dick Howser stadium, the second largest crowd in school history.

Drew homered again in the ninth – his fourth in the last two games - as FSU rallied for seven runs in the final frame.

"Our guys have showed a lot of composure and battled back," said Miami coach Jim Morris. "We've done that very well all year."

Miami will send Brandon Camardese to the mound to face Hunter Jones in the series finale tomorrow. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen regionally on Sunshine Network.

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