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CORAL GABLES. Fla. – No. 13 Miami fell behind early and could not recover, dropping game two to No. 12 Florida State 15-5 Saturday night at Mark Light Field.
The Seminoles tagged Miami lefthander Andrew Suarez for five runs in the third inning and seven more in the fourth to take a commanding 11-2 lead early in the game.
Suarez (4-1) was charged with a career-high 10 earned runs on a career high-tying 11 hits in his first loss of the season in front of a packed house of 4,650.
“It was a great crowd,” head coach Jim Morris said. “Our best crowd of the year. Very disappointing to put on a show like we did tonight.”
It was Miami (30-13, 15-8 ACC) who struck first, tagging Florida State righthander Mike Compton for two runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Junior Brandon Lopez opened the second with a triple into the rightfield corner, and scored on an RBI single from senior Garrett Kennedy through the rightside. A double from junior Ricky Eusebio down the leftfield line plated Kennedy to give the Hurricanes a 2-0 advantage.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Florida State (33-12, 16-7 ACC) scored five in the third, largely thanks to a bases-loaded double by Dylan Busby that scored three runs.
Busby’s ball was into the left-center gap and grazed the glove of freshman Carl Chester, who nearly came up with the ball.
“I thought I was making my pitches, but they were putting the bat on the ball,” Suarez said. “It just kept going through.”
Compton (2-1) settled down after the second, retiring 10 in a row after Eusebio’s double until a fifth-inning double from junior George Iskenderian.
“We should have been more selective with runners on,” Eusebio said. “He was making his pitches.”
Florida State sent 11 batters to the plate in the decisive fourth inning, with seven different Seminoles recording hits in the frame.
Eusebio said there was no letdown after Friday night’s 17-inning marathon that ended in an 8-7 loss, pointing to a bases-loaded situation by the Miami offense in the game’s first inning.
“We were ready to go. You could see it [in the first inning], we got our top of the lineup on with our No. 4, 5 and 6 [hitters] up to bat,” Eusebio said. “We got everything we wanted. We were ready to go.”
Jacob Heyward delivered a pinch-hit two-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough, as Jim Voyles entered in relief and retired all three batters he faced.
The series loss was Miami’s first at home since March 2014, snapping a streak of nine straight home series wins.
‘”We’ll bounce back just like we always do, and we’ll be ready tomorrow,” Eusebio said.
Miami returns to Mark Light Field Sunday for its series finale with the Seminoles. First pitch for the game, slated for broadcast on ESPN 3, 560 WQAM and WVUM 90.5 FM, is set for 1 p.m.