Florida State takes strange series from Miami

If you like weird baseball, then you would have enjoyed yourself in Coral Gables for the three-game series between the Florida State Seminoles and Miami (FL) Hurricanes.

FSU walked away with the series win, taking the first two games from the Canes.

But it was much more complicated then that.

A lot of the weirdness came on Friday night, when the two clubs decided that they would need 17 innings to come up with a winner.

Florida State (33-13, 16-8 ACC) scored runs in the 11th, 13th, and 14th innings, but each time, Miami (31-13, 16-8 ACC) responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

It looked like it was going to happen in the 17th as well, when FSU plated a run on a wild pitch that scored Ben DeLuzio from third.

Miami got a runner on second with just one out in the form of shortstop Brandon Lopez. Justin Smith then skied what seemed like a harmless fly ball to center for the second out of the inning.

But for some reason, Lopez faked tagging up and advancing to third, and ended up being thrown out at second base to end the inning, and the game. So bizarre.

Miami did not respond well to the strange loss the next afternoon, as FSU won 15-5, scoring all of those runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Hurricane starter Andrew Suarez ended up being charged with ten earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work, resulting in his first loss of the season (4-1).

Six FSU players scored multiple runs on Saturday, including DJ Stewart, who scored three runs while going 3-for-3 and walking once. Stewart leads the nation in walks this year with 48, and his .510 on-base percentage is sixth in the country. Combine that with ten home runs, and you’ve got yourself a guy who’s sure to get drafted extremely high in this year’s MLB Draft.

Needing a win on Sunday to avoid the sweep, Miami came out with a serious chip on their shoulder, and took the series finale by a score of 12-0. The Canes got to FSU starter Drew Carlton (L, 3-3) early and often, racking up seven runs in his 2 1/3 innings, andĀ elevenĀ runs over the first five innings.

On the flip side, Miami’s pitching staff gave up seven hits and a walk in the shutout, led by Enrique Sosa (W, 6-3). Sosa lasted six innings, surrendering six hits and striking out five.

This series may have ultimately been for the right to be a national seed when the tournament is announced at the end of next month, and FSU certainly made a strong case to be in the top-eight nationally. But it was also big for Miami to come out on Sunday and dominate the way they did after getting embarrassed on Saturday.

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