DICK HOWSER STADIUM
| Cash Hall |
700 N. Woodward
Tallahassee, FL 32304
| Osceola Hall |
500 Chapel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
|FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY|
For the first time in Florida State history, the Seminoles swept the Miami Hurricanes at Mark Light Stadium on Sunday with a 17-11 slugfest victory. Marc LaMacchia (6-1) got the win while Daniel Hodges earned his fourth save, and the Noles offense pounded out three more homeruns: a two-run shot by Blair McCaleb, and grand slams from both Jerrod Brown and Stephen Drew.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Javy Rodriguez homered to left, but the Noles answered back in the second. Tony McQuade singled to right and moved to second on a McCaleb single. After Brown was hit by a pitch, McQuade and McCaleb both scored on a throwing error by the Hurricane pitcher, Kiki Bengochea to give FSU a 2-1 lead.
The Canes stormed back in the bottom of the inning to tie t up when Paco Figueroa homered to leftfield that knotted the game at 2-2.
In the third inning, Ryan Barthelemy drew a walk and advanced to second when McQuade reached on a throwing error by Rodriguez. McCaleb then drew a walk before Brown crushed a grand slam homerun down the leftfield line that gave the Noles a 6-2 lead. Miami battled back in the bottom of the fourth inning with a pair of runs with a double by Brad Safchik that scored Erick San Pedro and Figueroa to cut the lead to 6-4.
McQuade led off the fifth inning with a double, and McCaleb drew a walk before Richie Smith hit a single to left-center that plated McQuade. After Cheesman was hit by a pitch, Drew launched his sixth homerun of the season and FSU's second grand slam of the day to blow the game open 11-4. Bryan Zech reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Rogers before Barthelemy walked to load the bases again. A single by McCaleb scored Zech and Rogers to extend the Seminole lead to 13-4. Miami managed to get two runs back in the bottom of the inning Rodriguez and Danny Matienzo scored on a single by Haas Pratt that made it 13-6.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Kevin Lynch came in to pitch for LaMacchia, and the floodgates opened for the Hurricanes. Rodriguez led off with a homer to left-center before Matienzo drew a walk and Kevin Howard singled to right. Pratt's double scored both runners and chased Lynch for Daniel Hodges. A single by San Pedro brought home Platt to cut the lead to 13-10 but Hodges was able to end the threat without any further damage.
The Noles managed to match Miami's 4-run inning with one of their own in the top of the eighth when McQuade led off with a walk and McCaleb blasted a homerun over the scoreboard. After a pitching change, Mike Futrell slapped a double down the left field line before Smith drew a walk. Futrell then moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Aaron Cheesman. A double by Drew scored Cheesman and gave FSU a 17-10 lead.
The Hurricanes scored one run in the bottom of the ninth inning when Kevin Mannix singled and scored on a double to right by Safchik, but it was all Miami could muster as Hodges got the final out on a fly ball to centerfield.
Florida State improved to 34-11 on the year while the Canes fell to .500 at 18-18. After a day off, the Seminoles return to action on Tuesday night with a game against South Alabama at Howser Stadium, game time is 6:00 with Robby Read (5-1 4.37) on the mound for FSU.
Section B Online Player of the Game: Blair McCaleb (3-3, HR, 4 R, 4 RBI