Lueck Walk-Off Home Run Gives FSU Split in Doubleheader

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State freshman Jackson Lueck capped off a 5-for-8 performance on the day with a walk-off home run in the second game of a doubleheader as 12th-ranked Florida State (34-19, 16-10 ACC) earned a split with a 3-2 victory over third-ranked Miami (43-10, 21-7 ACC) on Saturday at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

The victory over Miami places Florida State fourth overall in the ACC, heading into the conference tournament that begins next week in Durham, N.C. The Seminoles will be in Pool A, along with the Hurricanes, who earned the No. 1 overall seed, and fifth-seeded NC State (34-18, 15-13). The final seed for Pool A will be determined Tuesday in a battle between No. 8 Boston College (31-19, 13-15) and No. 9 Georgia Tech (35-20, 13-16).

Lueck, who wrapped up the second game by going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, blasted a 0-1 hanging changeup by Miami’s Ryan Guerra over the centerfield wall for his second walk-off hit as a Seminole. It was one of two extra-base hits for Lueck on the afternoon, who also recorded his second triple.

Joining Lueck among the offensive leaders was Cal Raleigh, who overcame flu-like symptoms to finish 3-of-4 with a double and one RBI. Teammate Dylan Busby (1-4) tallied his fifth triple of the season in the seventh inning to account for the remaining FSU extra-base hit.

Freshman hurler Tyler Holton, who did not figure in the decision, posted his season-high in strikeouts (eight) as he tied his longest outing of the season (six innings). The Tallahassee, Fla., native faced 22 Miami hitters and allowed only one earned run on two hits.

He was followed on the mound by combination of Alec Byrd, Jim Voyles, Matt Kinney and Tyler Warmoth, who collectively held the Canes’ lineup to three hits and one earned run. Warmoth (1-1) earned the victory after posting the last two outs of the Miami 10th.

“You have to be mentally tough,” said head coach Mike Martin. “In the first game we fell behind 8-2 and we could’ve tossed it in, but we battled. In the second game we made a mistake that cost us a run, but we stayed mentally tough. It was a big win—plain and simple.”

Lueck recorded the first of nine FSU hits in the second game when he sent a triple into right field. He scored two batters later on a grounder to third by Steven Wells Jr., giving the Noles a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Miami tied the game in the third when Jacob Heyward slid into home on a fielder’s choice by Joe Gomez.

UM’s Willie Abreu connected on his second home run of the day to give the Canes a 2-1 advantage in the seventh, but FSU quickly retaliated.

The rally began with Busby’s triple to right centerfield. Busby, hitting ninth in the lineup, was tagged out two batters later as he attempted to tie the game on a fielder’s choice by John Sansone. However, the Seminoles quickly turned that misfortune into a positive when Raleigh delivered a clutch double down the right field line to score Sansone from first and knot the game at 2-2.

The game remained deadlocked until Lueck led off the 10th inning with his home run to centerfield. It marks the first time walk-off home run by the Seminoles since Quincy Nieporte’s blast against Florida on April 14, 2015.

Miami coupled a solid pitching performance by Michael Mediavilla (10-1) with a four-run fourth inning to post an 8-5 victory in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Florida State.

Jackson Lueck was the catalyst for the Florida State offense, hitting 3-for-5 from the plate to go along with two runs and one RBI. He was joined by Steven Wells Jr., who tallied two RBI while hitting 1-for-2.

The Seminoles held Miami scoreless after the fourth inning behind the bullpen trio of Will Zirzow, Andrew Karp and Matthew Kinney. Zirzow enjoyed one of his best outings of the season as he struck out three Hurricane hitters while yielding only one hit and one walk in a season-high three innings.

Miami grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the first inning when Zack Collins sent a 2-0 pitch over the left centerfield wall for his 11th home run of the season. The Canes picked up their second run in the second with a solo home run inside the right field foul pole by Willie Abreu.

Lueck opened the second inning for the Seminoles with a single to left and advanced to third on back-to-back walks by Ben DeLuzio and Matt Henderson. Steven Wells Jr. lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Lueck from third, as FSU trailed 2-1.

The Hurricanes stretched their lead to 4-1 in the third inning with a two-run double into right centerfield by Johnny Ruiz.

UM capitalized on four hits in the fourth inning to stretch its advantage to 8-1. The Canes notched their first run on an RBI single to left field by Edgar Michelangeli, which plated Randy Batista. Three batters later, Collins roped a two-run single into right field to bring home Carl Chester and Michelangeli for the 7-1 advantage. A Brandon Lopez single to right field scored Barr as Miami’s completed the four-run frame.

With one out in the fourth, Lueck delivered his second hit of the day and moved to second after DeLuzio worked a walk. Two batters later, Wells Jr. singled through the left side of the infield to score Lueck for the second FSU run of the game.

FSU continued to chip away at the Miami lead in the sixth inning when Quincy Nieporte led off the frame with a double to right. Nick Graganella was inserted as a pinch runner and Lueck followed with an RBI single up the middle to trim the deficit to 8-3.

Graganella kick-started the FSU offense in the eighth with a leadoff single to left field. Henderson kept the inning alive with a two-out single to center, moving Graganella to third, as he advanced second on a throwing error by Chester. A Donovan Petrey single, coupled with a throwing error by Michelangeli, scored both Graganella and Henderson as the Seminoles scored the final runs of the 8-5 contest.

FSU applied pressure in the ninth inning with back-to-back walks by John Sansone and Bryan Bussey, but the combination of reliever Bryan Garcia (S, 14) and the Miami defense recorded three straight outs to complete the three-run victory.

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