Canes Swept by Florida State

If you needed any more proof that these Miami Hurricanes aren't quite ready for prime time, you got it this past weekend against Florida State. The Canes were outplayed in every facet and at no point could you make a case that they were the better team on the field.

The Friday night game really set the tone for the entire series.

The Seminoles touched up Miami starter Eric Erickson for three single runs in the first, third and fourth innings and then started to pull away from the Canes by putting up three in the fifth.

The final blow came in the seventh inning when FSU put up five runs. It took three pitchers, Christian Diaz, Alex San Juan and Alexander Fernandez, to get UM out of the inning.

Florida State's Justin Gonzalez was the offensive star, as he hammered two home runs. His second homer might still be in the air somewhere in Tallahassee. Sherman Johnson, a Seminole hitter that had been struggling for much of the season, pitched in with three doubles.

The final score was 11-2 and if it's possible, it didn't even feel that close.

Saturday's final score of 6-1 was a little closer, but the Hurricanes came no closer to coming away with a victory.

FSU jumped out to a lead in the second inning, scoring four runs off of UM starter Eric Whaley and never looked back.

The Seminoles tacked on two runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but those runs were just gravy as the Hurricanes managed only one run on six hits off FSU starter Mike Compton and two relievers, Luke Weaver and Robert Benincasa. The error bug also bit in this game. Of the four runs scored off of Whaley in the second, only one was earned. Esteban Tresgallo and Dale Carey both had errors in that inning and Whaley threw in a balk for good measure.

The offensive star for FSU in this one was DH John Holland. He had three hits and two RBI on the day.

The Hurricanes toyed with everyone on Sunday and came oh so close to pulling out a victory to fight off getting swept.

FSU got off to their typical hot start, scoring four runs in the first inning off of Miami starter Steven Ewing, but the lefty settled down after that point and didn't allow any more runs until the sixth inning.

Miami, on the other hand, finally broke through and scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. Miami found some holes for base hits and took their walks to get guys on. In the frame, the Canes got five hits and took four walks. The big blow came when Michael Broad connected for a grand slam, his second home run of the season. Unfortunately, the seven runs that scored in that inning were the only runs they would score all game and FSU was far from done.

The Seminoles plated two in the bottom of the sixth and then chased Steven Ewing by scoring a single run in the seventh to tie the game. Then in the bottom of the tenth, FSU broke the collective hearts of Miami fans. A single, stolen base, hit by pitch and another single later and Miami was headed home with yet another loss to a highly-ranked in-state rival. The winning run came home against the Hurricanes' embattled closer, E.J. Encinosa.

The offensive star for FSU was again DH John Holland. This time, he had two hits and drove in three runs. For UM, Michael Broad was the man of the hour, at least until that fateful tenth inning.

There was very little positive to be taken from this series, outside of the way the team battled back from an early deficit to take a lead. The starting pitching that had been so strong to this point of the season wasn't very good this time around. The bullpen again was a mixed bag. The offense that was only mediocre with a stud like Peter O'Brien proved to be pretty poor with the exception of one inning without O'Brien.

Because of their struggles in the last two weekends, Miami is left with some work to do. They have slipped out of the hosting conversation. Barring a collapse on the part of several teams ranked ahead of them, their national seed hopes are all but gone.

The fact of the matter is that Miami has to get hot. They'll have their chance to get a run started this Tuesday night against Florida Atlantic at The Light.

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