University of Miami left-hander Chris Diaz was sharp, limiting No. 2 Florida State to one run and four hits in seven innings, and the No. 14 Hurricanes took advantage of sloppy Seminoles defense to post a 3-1 victory in front of 5,599 fans Friday afternoon in Tallahassee.
The loss was the first of the season for FSU.
Dale Carey and Tyler Palmer both had singles in the fifth and scored with the benefit of two FSU errors.
“Our guys hustled; they took advantage of a couple mistakes,” UM coach Jim Morris said.
“That’s huge. That’s normally what it comes down to.”
Diaz (3-0) had six strikeouts, giving up just an unearned run in the first inning. Bryan Garcia pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his third save for UM (5-3).
“I was keeping the ball down, had a lot of sink,” Diaz said. “They were hitting balls into the ground a lot. My defense played great [Friday], and they helped me win.”
Said FSU coach Mike Martin: “I was very, very impressed with Diaz. He was very sharp.”
Justin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a run scored for the Seminoles (6-1), but he also had an error in the fifth that contributed to Miami’s runs.
FSU’s 3, 4, 5 and 6 hitters were a combined 0 for 14.
Game 2 of the three-game series is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Miami will send left-hander Bryan Radziewski (0-1, 1.69 ERA) to the mound against FSU righty Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 2.45).
UM has not won a three-game series against FSU since 2009.
“It’s always great to win the first game of the series, especially here at Florida State with a big crowd,” Diaz said.