No.2 FSU 10, No.14 UM 2

FSU bats awaken against UM as Noles even series


Special to the Miami Herald

A day after managing just one run, Florida State found plenty of ways to put runs on the scoreboard against Miami starter Bryan Radziewski and the Hurricanes bullpen.

Jose Brizuela went 3 for 4 with four RBI, while John Sansone and John Nogowski each had two RBI as No. 2 FSU routed No. 14 Miami 10-2 on Saturday afternoon.

But FSU also showed patience at the plate, walking nine times.

“We had some very good at-bats,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “Very, very pleased to get a win [Saturday].”

FSU left-hander Brandon Leibrandt was efficient, allowing just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.

A crowd of 6,593, the eighth-largest in Dick Howser Stadium history, saw FSU improve to 7-1.

FSU had a pair of big innings, scoring four runs in the first off Radziewski and tacking on five runs in the seventh against two relievers as UM fell to 5-4 on the season.

Radziewski found himself in a jam early, walking the bases loaded with no outs in the first. He then got Brett Knief to fly out and struck out John Sansone swinging. But Nogowski hit a double down the right-field line, and Brizuela followed with a single to left to put FSU ahead 4-1.

Radziewski (0-2) lasted just 4 1/3 innings, walking five and giving up five runs. The Hurricanes’ relievers also struggled: Cooper Hammond, Thomas Woodrey, Adam Sargent and Enrique Sosa combined to give up five runs while walking four batters.

“If you walk nine guys against a team as talented as Florida State is, you’re not going to win,” UM coach Jim Morris said.

A day after Miami won 3-1 behind the strong pitching performance of Chris Diaz, Leibrandt (2-0) scattered six hits, walked one and had three strikeouts.

“When I was able to locate, get ahead with strike one, it just opened everything up, and I was able to make some pitches,” Leibrandt said.

He left the game leading 5-2, and the Seminoles added five runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double by Sansone, RBI doubles by D.J. Stewart and Brizuela, and an RBI single by Knief.

Miami’s Alex Hernandez went 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the first and an RBI double in the third.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston also had a pinch-hit single in the seventh for FSU.

The Hurricanes will send left-hander Andrew Suarez (1-1, 3.75 ERA) to the mound against FSU right-hander Mike Compton (1-0, 0.00) on Sunday in the series finale at 1 p.m.

While the series doesn’t count in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, Miami will have a chance to win its first series against FSU since 2009.

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