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Canes Lose 2 of 3 to Noles, Suffer Another ACC Series Loss

Miami was hoping to win just their second ACC series of the season against the arch-rival Seminoles, but were only able to win one game.

On Friday night, the Canes welcomed the Seminoles to the Light for a three game series. Miami held a 2-0 lead until the top of the 8th when FSU struck for 2 runs to tie the game. In the top of the 9th, the Noles took their first and only lead of the game when they added two more runs and won the series opener 4-2. Chantz Mack was 2-4 with a run scored, but committed an error at a critical time late in the game to help FSU score. Chris Diaz had a quality start going 7 1/3 innings while giving up 2 runs, and neither of them were earned, while striking out 7. Eric Nedeljkovic suffered the loss going an innings while giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and striking out 2.

On Saturday, Miami shut out FSU 6-0. Starting pitcher Bryan Radziewski was outstanding again going 7 innings, while giving up just 4 hits and no runs and 8 punch-outs. He lowered is ERA to a miniscule 0.78 and improved his record to 4-1. Alex Hernandez lead the offense going 2-3 with a home run and an RBI and scoring 2 runs. David Thompson was 1-4 and adding 2 RBI's as well. Eric Whaley tossed a scoreless 8th and 9th to finish off the Noles.

On Sunday, the Canes dropped the series finale and the rubber game by a score of 5-1. Miami actually lead 1-0 after 1, but were unable to plate another run the rest of the game. They struggled offensively; managing just 6 hits and no Cane had multiple hits. Starter Andrew Suarez labored through 4 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and walked 2. Thomas Woodrey and Aj Salcines didn't give up any runs after Suarez, but the damage was already done with the Miami's struggling offense.

Miami's record is now 21-14 with a 6-9 record in ACC play. The Canes have lost 4 of their 5 ACC series. The ACC schedule gets a little easier from now on until the finals series of the season against Georgia Tech, and Miami must take advantage of that. The offense has been struggling and it hasn't helped that stud freshman David Thompson has missed some time with an injury. They need him to get healthy and back in the lineup every game to help bring some success.

Next up is a mid-week game against Stetson on Wednesday at 6 at The Light.