Terps Drop Series Opener in Tallahassee

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Second-ranked Florida State used a six-run seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and pull away from Maryland to defeat the Terps, 15-3, Friday night at Dick Howser Stadium in game one of a weekend series between the two clubs.

Terrapin starter Jake Stinnett, who was making his first appearance since tossing a no-hitter on Saturday, went six innings giving up four earned runs with four strikeouts. The senior righty saw his hitless streak come to an end at 11 innings in the bottom of the first with a two-out single.

Seminole starter Luke Weaver held the Terps (8-3, 0-1 ACC) to four hits over seven innings, while striking out eight.

Third baseman Jose Cuas provided much of the offense Friday night. The sophomore had a career-high three hits including a double and a two-run home run, and drove in three runs tying a personal best.

Florida State (11-1, 1-0 ACC) opened the scoring in the bottom of the third and took a 1-0 lead. Stinnett hit lead-off batter Ben DeLuzio, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Josh Delph lined out to Cuas, Justin Gonzalez hit a slow roller to third. Cuas’ throw ended up in the dirt and bounced away from LaMonte Wade allowing DeLuzio to score.

The Terps took the lead in the fifth behind Cuas’ first home run of the year and second of his career. After Blake Schmit worked a walked, Cuas took a 2-0 offering from Weaver and planted it over the fence in left center to give Maryland a one-run lead.

The Seminoles answered in the bottom of the inning and got one run back. After retiring the leadoff hitter, Stinnett surrendered back-to-back singles and loaded the bases on a five-pitch walk to Justin Gonzalez. On a 2-1 pitch, Stinnett got D.J. Stewart swinging out in front, but the pitch got away from catcher Kevin Martir and rolled towards the Florida State dugout allowing Danny De La Calle to score on the wild pitch. From that point, Stinnett buckled down and got Stewart to pop out to third and Jose Brizuela to pop out to shallow center to keep the game knotted at two.

In the seventh, Florida State regained the lead and pulled away. The first two batters of the inning reached on singles to center and Stinnett hit Gonzalez to load the bases with no outs. Maryland turned to lefty Ben Brewster out of the bullpen to end the threat. But with his first pitch, Brewster hit Stewart to force home the go-ahead run.

John Nogowski followed with a sacrifice fly to center to put the Noles up 4-2. Brizuela then doubled off the fence in right center to score a run and ended Brewster’s evening. Bobby Ruse entered the game and promptly struck out Jameis Winston, but a walk to John Sansone loaded the bases once again. On a 0-1 pitch, DeLuzio found the gap in right center for a bases clearing triple to give FSU an 8-2 lead.

The Seminoles went on to score seven in the seventh and took a 15-2 lead into the ninth. Kyle Convissar and Michael Montville each singled in the final frame with Convissar scoring on a Cuas double down the right field line to serve as the last highlight of the night.

Weaver improved to 3-1 with the win, while Stinnett fell to 2-2. Maryland and Florida State continue its three-game series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. from Dick Howser Stadium.