FSU sweeps UNC-Asheville

With a lineup as balanced as seventh-ranked Florida State's, timely hits can come from anywhere in the batting order. Sunday it was Josh Spivey's turn to carry the team. The designated hitter went 3-for-4, highlighted by a fifth inning 2-run homer, to give the Seminoles (7-1) an 8-2 victory and series sweep over UNC-Asheville (1-3).

"This ball club this year is going to be a special team," Spivey said. "We have potential from (hitters) 1-9 to do damage to the baseball. Everybody so far is doing a great job of doing that."

Spivey's long ball gave FSU a 5-2 advantage and provided enough offense to give starter Barret Browning his first win of the season. Browning allowed eight hits and two earned runs in five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

The Bulldogs staged a potential rally as Nathan Durham doubled and moved to third on Kyle Smith's single with none out. Seminole head coach Mike Martin called on Tallahassee native Michael Hyde to get out of the jam. Hyde responded by striking out the side and protecting FSU's three-run lead.

"I just try to come in and put out the fire," Hyde said. "You don't come in with the mentality of getting three strikeouts, but I'll take it."

Hyde, who started 17 games for the Seminoles in 2005, was a candidate for the third spot in the rotation. He's just happy to get into the game, but is a viable option for a mid-week starter based on performances like Sunday's.

"Mike pitched very well," Martin said. "He got out there and really gave us a big lift."

FSU got a lift early, beginning their first plate appearance with four consecutive hits and two runs. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Spivey's double, one of three RBI for the junior. Ryne Malone, Buster Posey, and Dennis Guinn added one RBI each.

The offense battered UNC-Asheville pitching over the weekend, producing 37 hits and 27 runs in three games. The Seminoles also hit six home runs against the Bulldogs, the most in a single series since Wake Forest in 2004. That makes 10 homers in just eight games on the season.

The team had two scares from collisions at first base. Mark Gildea pulled a hamstring after a fourth inning single and came out of the game before the top of the fifth. Shane Robinson took a blow to the face after being picked off in the sixth. He stayed in the game before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth.

"You gotta play through the little injuries," Martin said. "That's what this game is about."

Both are expected to be ready for action next weekend when the Seminoles host Minnesota.

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