After Friday’s six-hour, 17-inning marathon became the longest game ever played at Mark Light Field, the only consolation to Miami fans Saturday night was that they wouldn’t have to stay until 1 a.m. to see their Hurricanes lose again to Florida State.
This time it was much swifter — and likely a lot more painful.
No. 12 FSU scored five runs in the third, seven in the fourth and three in the fifth en route to a 15-5 pounding of No. 13 Miami.
“It was our best crowd of the year and very disappointing for us to put on a show like we did [Saturday night] with that crowd,” UM coach Jim Morris said of the 4,650 fans. “We had a chance in the first inning to set the tone. The first three guys get on with no outs, and they get three Ks in a row.’’
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The Seminoles (33-12, 16-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) became the first team to win a series at Miami’s home field since March of last year, pounding left-handed ace Andy Suarez in his worst career loss.
Suarez (4-1), a junior who returned to UM this season after being drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round, yielded 12 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits in only 31/3 innings, tied for the most runs ever allowed by a UM pitcher. He nearly doubled his ERA, going from 2.09 to 4.07.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” Suarez said. “I thought I pitched good but was just unlucky I guess. There were a lot of choppers. I don’t think they hit me that hard.”
Mike Compton (2-1, 1.94) allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and a walk for the victory.
The Hurricanes (30-13, 15-8) lost their sixth consecutive series to the Seminoles dating to 2010. It was UM’s worst loss since falling to North Carolina 11-2 last May 16.
The Canes had won nine consecutive games before losing two of three to Virginia last week and now at least two of three to FSU, with 12 regular-season games remaining. The late-season losses will hurt Miami’s chances of garnering a coveted national seed for the NCAA tournament that begins May 30.
Conversely, Florida State won its sixth consecutive game, affording itself a much better chance of inching toward one of the eight national spots in the postseason. The Seminoles also have in-state series victories over No. 6 Florida, UCF and USF.
On Saturday, with nearly a full house packing the main stands and left- and right-field bleachers, the Canes got out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Brandon Lopez tripled and Garrett Kennedy and Ricky Eusebio doubled.
But the Seminoles stormed right back.
Designated FSU hitter Chris Marconcini and Dylan Busby each had two hits and four RBI, with Quincy Nieporte adding two hits and three RBI.
The teams conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“We’ll bounce back just like we always do, and we’ll be ready,” said Ricky Eusebio, who was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Said Morris: “You’ve got to have pride, reach deep, come out and get your rest and be ready to play. Don’t get embarrassed on your field.”
▪ In Friday’s game, which started at 7:11 p.m. and ended at 1:11 a.m. Saturday, a wild pitch by Derik Beauprez in the 17th inning brought home Ben DeLuzio for the deciding run to give FSU the 8-7 victory.
There were 14 pitching changes in the game for a total of eight pitchers on each side, as the Seminoles became only the third team to defeat the Hurricanes at Mark Light Field.
The Canes tied the game four times — in the seventh, 11th, 13th and 14th innings.
Miami was held to one hit through five innings.
Asked to comment about the game being the longest ever at Mark Light Field, UM second baseman George Iskenderian shook his head.
“I wish it was a win,” he said.