Hurricane starter T.J. Prunty (4-3) earned his third straight loss going five innings, with seven hits, four earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts. FSU starter Blair Varnes (5-3) scored the win going seven innings, with five hits, three earned runs, one walk, six strikeouts and a wild pitch.
FSU got on the scoreboard in the first inning, 1-0, scoring once off a Ryan
Barthelemy RBI double off the right field wall that brought Nick Rogers in
from second. A batter earlier, Rogers was hit by a pitch then stole second
The Hurricanes tied the game in the fourth inning, 1-1, on a Kevin Howard
RBI single to left scoring Danny Figueroa from second. Figueroa led off the
inning with a single to left field and stole second base to move into
The Seminoles added three runs in the fifth, 4-1, on back-to-back homeruns
by Nick Rogers and Ryan Barthelemy. Bryan Zech reached first on a two-out
single to centerfield and scored on Rogers' homerun to left field. Ryan
Barthelemy followed with a first-pitch homerun to right.
FSU extended its lead, 9-1, in the seventh scoring five runs off of
Hurricane reliever Vince Bongiovanni, including a three-run inside-the-park
homerun by Blair McCaleb. Bryan Zech started the scoring, reaching first on
a walk, moving to second on an error by the pitcher and coming home on a
Nick Rogers RBI single to right field. Rogers stole second and third,
scoring on a throwing error by the catcher. Tony McQuade followed with a
single to short and advanced to second on a walk by Jerrod Brown. McCaleb
cleared the bases with the three-run homerun.
The Hurricanes cut the lead, 9-3, on a pinch-hit two-run homerun by Haas
Pratt scoring Greg Dini. Dini led off with a single, pinch hitting for Danny
Miami and FSU conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard
live on the Internet at www.hurricanesports.com, or on the student voice of
the Hurricanes, WVUM 90.5 FM. The game will also be televised on tape delay
by Fox Sports Net Florida at 10 p.m.
The game started with University of Miami President Donna Shalala throwing
out the ceremonial first pitch. During Shalala's inaugural year with Miami
in 1991, the Hurricanes won two National Championships in baseball and
Current National Football League All-Pro Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis
Rams will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Sunday afternoon's game
with the Seminoles. Faulk has an impressive five Pro Bowl invitations in his
seven-year career. He was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player and Offensive
Player of the Year in 2000 after establishing the league record for touchdowns in a season (26).
HurricanesDrop Series in 9-3 Loss
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