#5 Miami defeats #17 FSU, 5-3

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - After being his team's savior for the past two years, this time Cesar Carrillo's teammates came to his rescue. Six outs from his first loss ever at UM, the ‘Canes batters woke up, sort of, knocking off the ‘Noles 5-3 in front of a sold out crowd of 5,200 at Mark Light Field.

Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the eighth and Cesar Carrillo having already departed following a good, but not spectacular performance where he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, FSU reliever Brian Chambers gave Miami an opening and they walked right through it.

Chambers plunked Jon Jay and Danny Valencia to open the 8th and followed that with a walk of Walter Diaz to load the bases with no outs.

In came Tyler Chambliss and he struck out Roger Tomas on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt. With one out, reigning ACC Player of the Week Alex Garabedian hit a grounder to short that Florida State Ryne Jernigan played casually.

But in doing so, Diaz slid into second before Jernigan stepped on the base and was safe at second. Jernigan got Garabedian at first, but a Jay scored and the ‘Canes had runners in scoring position with two outs.

With little hope entering the 8th, Eddy Rodriguez changed that when he smacked a single to right driving in Valencia and Diaz to tie the game at three.

"I was just looking for a pitch up that I could drive the opposite way," Rodriguez said. "I've been having a hard time pulling the ball, so I wanted to go opposite field. We didn't want our ace (Carrillo) to have his first lost against FSU."

After a wild pitch that sent Rodriguez to second, Danny Figueroa walked with brother Paco stepping to the plate.

The FSU collapse continued when Paco drilled the ball to short, but Jernigan once again cost the ‘Noles in the field when the misplayed the ball. It went into left field and Garabedian and Danny Figueroa scored.

"That's why we play the game," Paco said. "We like close games. Our coaches might prefer blowouts, but close games are what's fun. I just wanted to put the ball in play. We had to come together tonight and save Cesar after he's saved us all year long."

Ryan Braun followed with a walk, but Jay grounded short to end the inning.

The damage was done though even though the ‘Canes only had one hit during the five-running eighth. Three walks, two hit batsmen, an error, a lazy play in the infield and one single scored five runs for the ‘Canes and gave them the opener of the three-game set against the ‘Noles.

"When you are down, all you want to do is get men on base," Paco said. "Whoever is leading off that inning has to be a lead off man and take pitches and find a way to get on base. And when they hit us with a pitch, those are gifts. We have to take advantage of that."

And the ‘Canes did after struggling to get the key hit throughout the game.

With the bases loaded in the first inning and one out, Valencia grounded into a double play to end the rally. With men on first and second in the second inning, Danny Figueroa popped to right to end the inning.

In the fourth with the bases loaded and two outs, Danny Figueroa struck out swinging to end the inning.

Then entered the sidewinders, Kevin Lynch and Chambers, for Florida State who kept the ‘Canes off balance through the middle part of the game.

"It's definitely a different approach when you face someone who throws from the dirt over someone who throws over the top," Garabedian said. "You have to really keep your eye on the ball so you can get it out of his hand."

But it wasn't enough for the ‘Noles to hold the ‘Canes off.

And Carrillo's streak remains safe.

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