The Miami Hurricanes baseball team capped off a series sweep of their rival, the Florida State Seminoles, for the eighth time in school history on Sunday afternoon.
Pitcher Alejandro Rosario nabbed a career-best performance, and the 23rd-ranked Hurricanes crushed the Seminoles, 13-4, in front of a packed crowd at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
“Just a huge, huge weekend. Our guys did one heck of a job to sweep our rival. I can’t recall the last time we had three starters all pitch into the eighth [inning]. Those are the three best starts I can recall here. They definitely set the tone for the weekend,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said.
Sophomore pitchers Karson Ligon and Gage Ziehl kept the Seminoles in check on Friday and Saturday, respectively, Rosario would continue the pitching dominance for the Hurricanes in game three.
The right-handed pitcher struck out a career-high 12 batters over a career-long eight innings to put the finishing touches on Miami’s first unblemished weekend series against Florida State since 2001.
The Seminoles would even the score with a base-clearing triple in the fourth inning, Rosario would settle in shortly after.
He would depart the final 14 batters he faced. Rosario’s 12 strikeouts are the most recorded by an ACC pitcher in a conference game this season.
“I focused on attacking and going right after them, I got better as the game went on. I hit a bump in the road, but my team picked me up when I needed to get picked up. My mentality is something I’ve improved on big time,” Rosario said.
Junior Zach Levenson and freshman Blake Cyr would aid Rosario in the bottom of the fourth, blasting two balls out of the park on back-to-back pitches to push Miami ahead, 7-4.
“The home runs have been our way of scoring. You can’t defend a home run so that’s always good,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said.
Levenson would extend Miami’s lead with an RBI single in the sixth inning. The Hurricanes would secure the sweep in the eighth inning, tallying five runs, which was highlighted by Junior Dominic Pitelli’s triple.
Miami outscored Florida State, 27-6, throughout the weekend series.
The Hurricanes are now riding a four-game winning streak and they will take on an in-state foe in the UCF Knights at home on Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. EST.
“We’ve got a really tough stretch coming up here, it’s we are now 8-4 in the ACC, sitting in a good position because we’ve some really good teams we’ve got to face coming up,” Gino DiMare said.
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