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Huge sixth inning lifts Miami past Florida State 11-4

TALLAHASSEE — Midway through Friday's showdown between the nation's top two baseball teams, Florida State led Miami 4-0 and was cruising.

But then came the sixth inning.

The Hurricanes, No. 1 in the College Baseball Writers Association and USA Today coaches poll, capitalized on a tiring Matt Fairel and three Seminole errors to score 10 runs and go on to win 11-4.

"It's a big win for us," Miami coach Jim Morris said.

"Of course … it's a tough place to play. To throw up a 10-spot there in the sixth inning is pretty amazing."

Fairel (8-1) looked sharp through the first five innings but got touched for eight runs — six of them earned — in the sixth.

Jimmy Marshall finally came in to relieve the ace, but the Hurricanes (32-3, 16-1 ACC) tacked on two more runs with help from a Dennis Guinn error.

With Miami boasting so many left-handed hitters, Florida State coach Mike Martin said the left-handed Fairel was still his best option on the mound at the time.

"We were hoping he would get out of it," Martin said. "But unfortunately, he didn't."

Florida State (33-4, 17-2) struck out a season-high 13 times and had only one hit after the sixth. Guinn drove in three runs, including a two-run homer.

The teams play twice more, at 7 tonight and 12:30 Sunday.

Kentucky 11, Florida 7: Sawyer Carroll homered and had five RBIs for the host Wildcats. Down 6-0, the Gators (24-14, 9-7 SEC) cut the deficit to one with a five-run fifth on four singles, a walk, error and hit batsman. And they took a 7-6 lead in the seventh on Matt den Dekker's two-run homer. But Kentucky responded with a five-run eighth highlighted by Carroll's run-scoring double.

USF 7, Rutgers 5: Daniel Thomas struck out six and allowed one run over six innings for the visiting Bulls (19-18, 7-9 Big East). Freshman Ryan Lockwood extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a bunt in the seventh and single in the ninth.

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

Miami 11

FSU 4

Huge sixth inning lifts Miami past Florida State 11-4 04/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2008 1:12pm]
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