CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Sparked by J.C. Flowers’ sixth home run and earning his sixth save, Florida State (19-12) beat Miami (20-12) 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Field in front of 2,781 fans. It was the fourth time this season that Flowers has hit a home run and earned the save in the same game.
Flowers also had an outfield assist as FSU’s starting centerfielder, saving at least one run, and added an RBI on a sacrifice bunt that tied the game in the fifth inning.
Conor Grady (5-3) earned the win, striking out the only batter he saw to end the seventh inning. The bullpen of Jonah Scolaro (3.1 IP, 0 ER), Grady and Flowers (2.0 IP, 1 ER) allowed just three hits in 5.2 innings of relief.
Shane Drohan allowed seven hits and four earned runs in his seventh start of the season.
Florida State took its first lead of the series in the third inning on doubles from Alec Sanchez and Mike Salvatore. Sanchez made his first start in right field and the double was the first of his career. Salvatore leads FSU with 29 RBI and has nine doubles on the season.
The Hurricanes answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs on a walk, two doubles and an RBI single from Freddy Zamora. Miami tried to add to its lead, but Adrian Del Castillo’s lineout to centerfield turned into a double play when Flowers threw out the runner at home to end the frame.
Flowers led off the fourth inning with his sixth home run of the season, tying the game at 2-2. Two batters later, Jonathan Foster hit his second home run of 2019 off Brian Van Belle.
After Sanchez singled and Carter Smith walked, Miami brought in Albert Maury to retire Salvatore and end the inning.
Drohan allowed a two-run home run to Michael Amditis in the fourth inning to end his day with FSU trailing 4-3. Scolaro retired both hitters he faced in the fourth. In the fifth, Scolaro allowed a single, a walk and an intentional walk but Miami did not scratch a run across. He allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings of work.
Against Maury in the fifth, Nico Baldor, hitting in the two-hole for the first time against his former team, reached on Miami’s first error of the weekend and advanced to third on Drew Mendoza’s second single of the game. Flowers’ sac bunt tied the score at 4-4.
FSU broke the tie with a pair of unearned runs in the 8th. Nander De Sedas singled and Foster reached on a fielding error while attempting to sacrifice bunt. Sanchez, who entered Sunday with three hits on the season, got his third hit of the game, a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
Baldor reached on a two-out throwing error from Zamora at shortstop for the second time, scoring De Sedas and Foster for the FSU lead.
Flowers allowed his first run of the season, a two-out ninth inning home run from Zamora, but Del Castillo grounded out to second base on the first pitch he saw to end the game. On the year, Flowers has allowed one earned run in 13.2 innings.
Florida State closes the season series against Florida, hosting the Gators Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
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