ACC: Canes quieting big crowd

By Glenn Tanner - May 25, 2007

There's a huge crowd here tonight, officially 13,656 for the two-game session. That's the largest session attendance in the tournament's three years in Jacksonville.

Most of them are rooting for FSU, but Miami has tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth and leads #1-seed FSU 9-3 at the stretch.

Trailing 5-2, FSU scored a run in the top of the sixth on a Travis Anderson double and a Jason Stidham RBI single, but things fell apart for the Noles in the bottom of the inning.

#9-hitter Dave DiNatale doubled to the right field corner to lead off. Blake Tekotte laid down a sac bunt and everyone was safe when pitcher Brian Chambers unsuccessfully tried to get DiNatale at third. After a pitching change and a strikeout, Yonder Alonso blooped an RBI single into no man's land behind second, but Alonso was thrown out after rounding first too far for the second out.

Then came the hit parade.

Dennis Raben beat out an infield single to make it 7-3. Jemile Weeks followed with a blast over the center fielder's head for an RBI triple to make it 8-3. Mark Soboleski rapped a single to left to score Weeks, and Martin went to the pen again to find someone who could get the third out.

Miami starter Eric Erickson set down the Noles 1-2-3 in the top of the 7th, and the Canes are in complete control.

Erickson just passed 100 pitches, so even though he's pitching well, he's not long for this game.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:40 PM on May 25, 2007

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