Miami Defeats FSU, 5-2

<b>CORAL GABLES, Fla.</B> - The #5 Miami Hurricanes defeated the #17 Florida State Seminoles for the second straight night winning 5-2 on a solid performance from starting pitcher Brandon Camardese. It was another defensive lapse by the Seminoles late in the game to assure a Miami victory.

Brandon Camardese (5-0) picked up the win after putting together a solid performance pitching six innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking just one.

"I was able to throw my fastball for strikes," Camardese said. "I was also able to throw my changeup for strikes and whenever you can locate your off-speed pitches you really make the batter think."

Camardese allowed the first two batters of the game to reach base, but then went on to retire 13 of the next 14 batters.

"I gave up a double to the first hitter and then a walk," Camardese said. "After that I settled down and was able to get into a groove."

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh and Miami (31-9-1, 15-4-1) holding onto a 3-2 lead, All-American candidate Ryan Braun hit into a fielder's choice, but second baseman Tony Thomas recorded a throwing error on the double play attempt. Miami scored two runs on the play stretching their lead to 5-2.

Andrew Lane, who is one of the two captains on the team, continued his great season pitching two scoreless innings in relief.

Chris Perez recorded his third save of the season and has allowed just one earned run in his last 17.2 innings.

Paco Figueroa put Miami on the scoreboard with a solo homerun in the first inning giving the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. He finished the game 3-for-3 and has recorded a hit in 12 of the last 13 games.

"I got a hold of a first-pitch fastball," Figueroa said. "I came to the plate wanting to be aggressive."

Figueroa provided the Hurricanes with a great defensive game. He made a diving catch in the sixth inning to take a base hit away from Aaron Cheesman and used his speed to track down a foul ball earlier in the game.

"I got used to playing right field pretty quick," Figueroa said. "The main key is getting good jumps. That is what happened today on those two plays."

Florida State (34-13, 9-8) was led by Shane Robinson who went 2-for-4 in the game with two doubles. Robinson scored on a groundout by Gibbs Chapman to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning after reaching base after his second double of the game.

Miami bounced back in the bottom of the third as Danny Figueroa scored on a Jon Jay groundout to regain the lead 2-1.

It was the freshmen who paired up for the Hurricanes third run of the game when Alex Garabedian drove home Walter Diaz on a base hit to leftfield giving the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning.

Florida State responded in the sixth inning with a solo homerun by Danny Wardell, but would not score the rest of the game.

Barrett Browning (3-2) took the loss for the Seminoles pitching six innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking four. He threw 124 pitches in the game.

The final game of the series is tomorrow at 1:00 pm. Miami will send righthander Ricky Orta to the mound to face Bryan Henry.

NOTES: Miami has eight of their next 13 games on television…Brandon Camardese threw 88 pitches…ACC leader Georgia Tech lost both games of a doubleheader today to Virginia falling to 16-4 in ACC competition…The attendance was 4,717

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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