Canes Lose Finale, 13-1

<B>CORAL GABLES, Fla.</b> - After going 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position through the first two games of the series, Florida State finally found the timely hitting it needed all weekend to secure a win against UM dominating the ‘Canes 13-1 at Mark Light Field Sunday afternoon.

And none was more timely than Daniel Wardell who drilled Manny Miguelez's two-out fastball way over the right field wall in the top of the fifth for a grand slam that gave FSU a commanding 8-1 lead even though they only had six hits at that point.

What plagued the ‘Noles in the first two games of the series switched sides in the final game of the three-game set in Coral Gables.

The ‘Canes gave FSU an opening in the first inning and the ‘Noles ran right through it and did so continuously throughout the game.

It was Miami's worse loss of the season for the ‘Canes who with a win would have taken over the top spot in the ACC after Georgia Tech was swept by Virginia.

The loss dropped the ‘Canes to 31-10-1 and 15-5-1 in the conference while the ‘Noles improved to 35-13 overall and 10-8 in the ACC.

Wardell went 2-for-4 and launched a home run in Saturday night's loss, but with the bases loaded his slam to right came at the perfect time for the ‘Noles which needed a big hit.

But it could not have been possible with the ‘Canes assisting in helping put the ‘Noles in the position to have the bases loaded.

After Tony Thomas singled, Shane Robinson followed with a single. Ryne Malone then walked and that was it for UM starter Ricky Orta who gave up six runs, five hits and three walks in four innings.

Miguelez struck out Gibbs Chapman that put the ‘Canes in position to get out of the inning only down 3-1, the deficit they faced entering the inning. Aaron Cheesman then flied to shallow center, but rather than trying to get Thomas at home, Figueroa threw to second and the ‘Noles led 4-1.

Jack Rye was then hit by a pitch that reloaded the bases and Wardell finished the deal.

Down 8-1, the ‘Canes could not muster up any type of offense against Florida State starter Bryan Henry who pitched eight innings, giving up on one run on four hits, walking none, while striking out four.

And any chance of a ‘Canes comeback ended when their bullpen could not keep Florida State from stretching the lead even more.

The ‘Noles put up a run in the six, followed by two in the seventh and two more in the ninth on Ryne Jernigan's two-run home run.

Although the ‘Canes won the series, the bats they had against Virginia Tech and North Carolina while scoring a combined 78 runs in six games, the ‘Canes could only muster up 11 runs in the three-game set against the ‘Noles.

However, two out of three always feels good against your arch rival even though it didn't end the way UM would have wanted it to.

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