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Around the Bases
Timely FSU Hitting and
Defensive Miscues Cost Miami
By Andrew Krause
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Freshman John Holland helped top-ranked Florida State jump out
to an early lead and clinch an ACC series victory with a 6-1
decision over the No. 15 University of Miami in Game Two of the
Holland’s (3 for 4, 2B) first hit of the
afternoon, a single in the bottom of the second, drove in two
and put the Seminoles (32-7, 18-2) up 2-0. Holland and Justin
Gonzalez would score later in the inning on a pair of sacrifice
flies from Seth Miller and Sherman Johnson.
Florida State head coach Mike Martin was
particularly happy with Holland’s recent performance at the
plate, as the freshman also came off of the bench last night to
deliver a pinch-hit double.
“John has really worked hard,” Martin said. “He’s
done a great job…he’s seeing the ball well and I’m really proud
of what he’s doing at the plate. I think he’s sending a message
to anyone that will pay attention that he wants to be a
Gonzalez (0-2, 2 BB, R), fresh off of a two-home
run game Friday night, and his FSU teammates were able to knock
out Miami starter Eric Whaley after four innings and 106
pitches. Whaley (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 3 K) consistently
failed to put away FSU hitters with two strikes and struggled
with his command, issuing six walks. However, the Hurricanes
(12-8, 26-13) defense did him no favors, as they committed four
errors. The first error of the afternoon, by first baseman
Esteban Tregallo, was particularly costly as it ruined a
potential double play opportunity and set the stage for
Holland’s two-RBI single.
Miami head coach Jim Morris was disappointed in
his team’s defensive effort today. “We practice every day
around the mistakes we're making," Morris said. “The bottom line
is that guys have to make the plays in the clutch.”
“Taking advantage of other teams’ errors is one
of the best ways to put a team down,” Holland said of the Miami
miscues. “It really seemed to snowball from there.”
On the other hand, Florida State’s defense was
able to help out freshman starting pitcher Mike Compton, turning
double plays to kill Miami rallies in the second and third
innings. “It was a mix of sliders and some fastballs and just
let the guy hit the ball,” Compton said of his approach. “I was
able to get some double-play balls out of it.” Compton (5 IP, 1
ER, 1 BB, 3 K), who moved to 7-0 with today’s win, scattered
five hits before being replaced by fellow freshman Luke Weaver.
Weaver (3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) came in with
the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth after
Compton allowed back-to-back hits and Stephen Perez reached
first on a fielder’s choice. After Chantz Mack drove in a run
on a sacrifice fly, Weaver struck out Rony Rodriguez and got
Brad Fieger to ground out to second base.
“I wanted to come in and pound the strike zone,”
reflected Weaver. “I fell behind a little bit, and I knew I
needed to come back and attack so I did that and it came out in
my favor. I got a couple strikeouts, some big popups, some
groundballs and I knew my defense was going to get the outs so
it worked out.”
Miami’s Chris Diaz also pitched admirably, after
replacing Whaley in the fifth inning. Diaz (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER,
0 BB, 2 K) kept the Hurricanes within striking distance before
inclement weather suspended play with FSU leading 4-1 with one
out in the bottom of the eighth.
After a one hour and thirty-seven minute rain
delay Florida State added two more runs to take a 6-1 lead, as
John Nogowski (1 for 2) drove in two with a single. FSU closer
Robert Benicasa came on in the ninth inning in a non-save
situation and retired the side in order to secure the victory.
Catcher Garrett Kennedy and center fielder Dale
Carey both had two hits for the Hurricanes.
“It was a good win. I’m very proud of our young
men,” reflected Martin. “Miami will be back tomorrow with a
vengeance for sure. We can’t sit and be happy with two wins.
When you are in this position you want to go out and play well
and that’s what we’re striving to do.”
Miami will try to salvage a victory when Game
Three of the series picks up tomorrow at 12:30 PM (CSS/Comcast).
(photo courtesy of FSU Media