Canes Give up Grand Slam; Fall in Game 2

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Florida State entered Saturday's game hitting .363 as a team and averaging 13 hits and nine runs per game.

The Seminoles lived up to their hitting averages Saturday night as they pounded the Hurricanes 13-8 at Mark Light Field—ensuring a series win.

Florida State (39-6, 17-3) finished with 14 hits on the night—two of which were home runs.

"If you give Florida State something, they are going to take advantage of it," coach Jim Morris said. "They are a very good club. We walked eight guys, we hit two guys, and gave up two errors and put too many guys on base."

Miami (26-19, 11-12) must turn their season around soon if they are going to continue their postseason steak of winning 13 straight NCAA Regionals.

The Hurricanes are also battling to qualify for the ACC tournament, which begins May 23. Currently, UM is tied for sixth in the ACC. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament.

Florida State catcher Buster Posey finished with a career high seven RBI—including the first grand slam of his career—to carry the Seminoles offensively.

Starting pitcher Enrique Garcia allowed a two-run home run to right fielder Jack Rye as Florida State jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Garcia (4-3) allowed seven total runs in the game—six earned—along with five hits and five walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 118 pitches on the night.

"Florida State can hit and they can hit with guys in scoring position," Morris said. "They take advantage of opportunities and they are as good a FSU team I've seen since I've been here."

Miami scored one run in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Dennis Raben, scoring Blake Tekotte from third base.

Richard O'Brien hit a two-run homer over the left-center field wall and Tekotte scored from third base to tie the score 4-4 in the second inning.

FSU took a 5-4 lead with a Danesh single to right field, scoring Anderson from second base.

Posey sent a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field wall for a grand slam off reliever Alex Koronis in the sixth to bolster FSU's lead 9-4.

FSU scored three runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Mark Hallberg and Posey to extend their lead 12-5.

Gus Menendez hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Jemile Weeks from third to make the score 12-6.

Freshman Mark Sobolewski hit his fifth home run of the year in the ninth inning to make the score 13-8.

"We got out-hit by just three hits, but it doesn't look like that on the scoreboard," Morris said. "We gave them too many opportunities and they are too good to do that."

NOTES: Freshman Mark Sobolewski extended his hitting streak to sixteen games, tying a freshman record for consecutive games with a hit.

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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