The University of Miami hadn’t found much success against Florida State over the past six years on the baseball diamond. But on Saturday, the Hurricanes won their first series against the Seminoles since 2009 — and they also secured the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season title.
Zack Collins went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and three RBI as UM won the first game of a doubleheader 8-5, clinching the best record in the ACC in the regular season.
Later Saturday, Jackson Lueck smacked a solo home run in the 10th inning to give FSU a 3-2 win in the second game, as the Seminoles snapped Miami’s nine-game winning streak.
The Hurricanes (43-9, 21-6 ACC) will be the No. 1 seed at this week’s ACC tournament in Durham, North Carolina. A successful weekend in Tallahassee also strengthened Miami’s résumé as one of the nation’s best teams.
“Our RPI is three, our ranking is three in most of the polls,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “I would think that we should be a top-eight seed. Our guys have played pretty well throughout the year to be able to do what they’ve done.”
Willie Abreu belted home runs in each game on Saturday for Miami, which wrapped up its third ACC regular-season title in program history.
Lueck’s home run salvaged a win during what has been a difficult two-week stretch for the Seminoles. FSU (34-19, 16-10) has dropped six of its past eight games, including series losses at Duke and to Miami.
A freshman outfielder, Lueck went a combined 5 for 8 with four runs scored and three RBI on Saturday. His walk-off home run came on an 0-1 changeup and was the first he’s had at any level of baseball.
“I couldn’t feel my feet,” Lueck said. “I don’t know if it was because I was out there so long or just the energy.”
UM and FSU used strong pitching performances to get wins on Saturday. Sophomore left-hander Michael Mediavilla (10-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings in the first game. Bryan Garcia picked up his 14th save.
Freshman left-hander Tyler Holton had a season-high eight strikeouts and matched his longest outing of the year, going six innings and allowing two hits and an earned run in the second game. Tyler Warmoth (1-1) got the win in relief.
Ranked as high as fifth just a few weeks ago, FSU has seen its chances of being a top-eight national seed disappear. But the win in the second game might have reinforced the argument that the Seminoles are deserving of a top-16 seed, which would make them a regional host.
“We will not make the top eight,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “This win [Sunday] could have been the hurdle we needed to get over in order to host a regional.”
The Seminoles will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament’s Pool A, which will also include UM. FSU will be joined by the No. 5 seed and a play-in-game winner.
The ACC tournament play-in games begin Tuesday, and the Hurricanes and Seminoles will have their first games Wednesday. Pool A and B winners will play in the ACC tournament title game on May 29.