Miami hadn’t found much success against Florida State the past six years on the baseball diamond. But on Saturday in Tallahassee, the Hurricanes won their first series against the Seminoles since 2009 — and they also secured the ACC’s regular-season title.
Zack Collins went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and three RBIs as Miami won the first game of a doubleheader 8-5, clinching the best record in the ACC in the regular season.
Meanwhile, Jackson Lueck hit a solo home run in the 10th inning to give FSU a 3-2 win in the second game on Saturday, as the Seminoles snapped Miami’s nine-game winning streak.
The Hurricanes (43-9, 21-6 ACC) will be the No. 1 seed at next week’s ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. A successful weekend in Tallahassee also strengthened Miami’s resume as one of the nation’s best teams.
“Our RPI is 3, our ranking is 3 in most of the polls,” Miami coach Jim Morris said. “I would think that we should be a top-8 seed. Our guys have played pretty well throughout the year to be able to do what they’ve done.”
Willie Abreu hit 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 in what has been a difficult two-week stretch for the Seminoles. FSU (34-19, 16-10) has dropped six of its last 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 RBIs on Saturday. His walk-off home run came on an 0-1 change-up 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.”
Miami 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 No. 5 a few weeks ago, FSU has seen its chances of being a top-8 national seed disappear. But the win in the second game may 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 8,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “This win today could have been the hurdle we needed to get over in order to host a regional.”
The Seminoles will be the No. 4 seed along with Miami in Pool A of the ACC tournament. They 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.