ACC: Miami smacks FSU, muddles Bracket A

By Glenn Tanner - May 25, 2007

Miami used three multi-run innings and eight innings of great pitching from freshman ace Eric Erickson to knock off #1-seed Florida State in front of a Jacksonville ACC record crowd, 9-3.

The win completely muddles the tournament's Bracket A, as all four teams in the bracket are still alive, but all four need to win and get help tomorrow to advance to the title game.

Erickson, who threw a career high eight innings, allowed only seven hits and three runs to a team that was batting .360 and averaging nearly 10 runs per game.

The Canes scored their nine runs on only 11 hits. Richard O'Brien got them started in the right direction with a three-run homer in the second, the first homer we've seen this week. Jemile Weeks went 3-for-5 with 3 ribbies.

FSU starter Ryan Strauss allowed five runs in 4.2 innings, the fifth consecutive time he has failed to make it through the fifth.

I'll be back in about 30 minutes with quotes and the full Bracket A scenario analysis.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:57 PM on May 25, 2007

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