TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third-ranked Miami used a two-run double by Randy Batista in the seventh inning to overcome an early two-run advantage by 12th-ranked Florida State (33-18, 15-9) as the Hurricanes (42-9, 20-6 ACC) posted a 4-2 victory on Thursday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.
Sophomore Dylan Busby led the way for the FSU offense, finishing with a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 outing. Busby was one of four Seminole hitters with an extra-base hit along with Quincy Nieporte (1-3, double), Cal Raleigh (1-4, double) and John Sansone (1-4, double).
FSU starter Drew Carlton left the game with a one-run lead after tossing five innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. The sophomore right-hander battled through two weather delays that added an extra hour and 50 minutes to the game, but did not figure into the decision.
Carlton threw 77 pitches and recorded six strikeouts among the 17 Hurricane hitters he faced before giving way to Jim Voyles, who suffered his first setback of the season. Voyles (6-1) surrendered two runs—one earned—in 1.2 innings, while walking three Miami hitters.
“It was one of those games when they needed something good to happen they got it done,” said head coach Mike Martin. “The inning that they got the key hit was a credit to them and we showed what we’re about to come back and get out of that inning.
FSU broke the scoreless tie in the second inning when Nieporte reached base after being hit by a pitch. Busby followed with a double down the left field line, advancing Nieporte to third. Freshman outfield Donovan Petrey delivered a timely single through the right side of the infield to give the Seminoles a 1-0 advantage.
Ben DeLuzio continued the second inning for the Noles when, like Nieporte, he was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Matt Henderson followed with a walk, plating Busby for the 2-0 FSU lead.
Miami scored its first run of the game in the fifth when Johnny Ruiz roped a triple into right field, scoring Brandon Lopez from first, to make for a 2-1 contest. Ruiz would be stranded at third as the FSU defense responded with three straight outs, including Carlton’s sixth strikeout of the game.
The Hurricanes took the lead in the seventh as they scored two runs. Zack Collins drew a leadoff walk to open the frame. A Lopez bunt allowed him to reach first on a fielder’s choice. During the play an errant throw by Raleigh, the Seminoles’ catcher, allowed to Collins to reach second safely. Willie Abreu was intentionally walked to load the bases for Miami. Batista then delivered a double into left field to scored Collins and Lopez for the 3-2 advantage.
Miami added an insurance run when Johnny Ruiz drew a one-out walk in the ninth. Abreu followed with a triple to right field, scoring Ruiz for the final run of the game.
The series with Miami continues on Friday at 6 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles will send freshman hurler Cole Sands (4-5, 4.08 ERA) to the mound to face Michael Mediavilla (9-1, 3.14).
The game is being broadcast on ESPN3 with commentary from Tom Block (play-by-play) and Chip Baker (color).