FSU scored all six runs off UM starter Dan Touchet (3-2) in the first five innings, while allowing seven hits, three walks with four strikeouts in 88 pitches. FSU starter Matt Lynch (7-1) went 6.1 innings for the victory with seven hits, four earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts in 104 pitches. FSU reliever Daniel Hodges earned the save.
The Seminoles struck in the top of the first, 3-0, scoring one off a Touchet
wild pitch and twice off Tony McQuade's two-run homer to left field. With
one out, Bryan Zech reached on a hit by pitch. On Nick Rogers single up the
middle, UM centerfielder Danny Figueroa overthrew second base to allow both
runners to move into scoring position. Zech then came in on a Touchet wild
pitch with Rogers moving to third. Ryan Barthelemy then recorded the second
out with a strikeout swinging. McQuade followed with his two-run shot for
the three-run lead.
Miami narrowed the FSU lead, 3-2, off a pair of RBI singles from Kevin
Howard and Danny Matienzo. Brad Safchik led off with a single to left field
and stole second. After Javy Rodriguez flew out, Safchik moved to third on
Jim Burt's ground out to first base. Matt Dryer drew a walk to put runners
on the corners. Howard then came up with a line drive to centerfield that
scored Safchik and moved Dryer to second. Matienzo followed with another
line drive single to left center to score Dryer.
FSU went ahead, 4-2, in the second off Stephen Drew's RBI double down the
right field line that scored Richie Smith all the way from the first. Smith
drew a two-out walk a batter earlier.
Another FSU run scored, 5-2, in the fourth on Drew's sacrifice fly to
centerfield that scored Jerrod Brown from third. Brown led off the inning
with a single, moved to third on a single by Tony Richie and to third on
Smith's ground out.
The Seminoles extended their lead, 6-2, in the fifth on Blair McCaleb's RBI
double to left field that scored Barthelemy. Barthelemy had earlier walked
and stole second.
Miami came back with two runs in the seventh inning to bring the FSU lead to
6-4. The runs came in on an RBI single from Alex Blanco and a fielder's
choice grounder from Jaby Rodriguez that brought Blanco in from third. With
one out, Kevin Mannix singled to get on base. He later scored from second
off a single to left field by Blanco. Safchik then single to right field,
moving Blanco to third. Rodriguez followed with a fielder's choice grounder
to score Blanco.
Miami and FSU continue the weekend series on Saturday at 7 p.m. The series
conclusion is on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games can be heard on the Internet at
www.hurricanesports.com, or on the student voice of the Hurricanes, WVUM
90.5 FM. Both games will also be televised on tape delay by Fox Sports Net
Florida. The Saturday game can also be heard in Spanish on WACC 830 AM Radio
The game started with former Hurricane and NFL star Lamar Thomas throwing
out the ceremonial first pitch. Thomas starred for the Hurricanes from
1989-92, before getting drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round in 1993.
Thomas would later play for the Miami Dolphins.
University of Miami President Donna Shalala will throw out the ceremonial
first pitch for Saturday night's game.
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