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FSU earns series win over Miami

Florida State used a four-run second inning to earn their third consecutive regular-season series win against Miami dating back to 2010 with a 6-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

True freshman designated hitter John Holland turned in the key play of the sequence with a two-RBI single up the middle to score Stephen McGee and Jose Brizuela.

Consecutive sacrifice flies to left field from Seth Miller and Sherman Johnson rounded off the scoring.

"I think a couple of key hits were certainly crucial for us," said head coach Mike Martin. "The at-bats that Seth Miller and Sherman Johnson had to score runs for us when it was second and third with nobody out. They drove in runs with sac flies, those were big and it was a good piece of hitting on both their parts."

Florida State chased Miami's Eric Whaley after four innings, a season-low total.

The Hurricanes' best chance to get back in the game came in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs against Mike Compton. True freshman right-hander Luke Weaver was called upon clean up the mess.

The first-year flamethrower out of Deland induced two fly balls and recorded a strikeout to end the threat with only one Miami run crossing the plate.

"I thought Weaver really gave us a lift coming in and doing what he did," said Martin.

"It was big," added Weaver. "I kind of fell behind so he got in a hitter's count to get the fly ball. But I am just happy to get out of it and get the 'W'."

Compton would win his seventh decision of the season making him a perfect 7-0.

Holland's tear at the plate would continue as he finished 3-for-4 on the day making him 4-for-5 for the series with two RBIs and two doubles.

From the sounds of it, he might be pushing for more consistent playing time.

"John has really worked hard," Martin detailed. "He's done a great job. Meat has worked a lot with him. He's seeing the ball well and I am very proud of what I am seeing at the plate.

"I think he is sending a message now to anyone that will pay attention that he wants to be a contributor."

"It definitely feels good to get an opportunity and capitalize and show them it is something I can do," added Holland. "I just have to keep going and prove myself."

FSU would tack on two more insurance runs in the eighth via a two-run single off the bat of John Nogowski. The runs came on the heels of a rain delay that lasted one hour and 37 minutes.

Closer Robert Benincasa worked a perfect ninth to close out the game striking out two.

The Seminoles (32-7, 18-2 ACC) will go for their first regular-season sweep of Miami (26-13, 12-8 ACC) on Sunday since 2002. It would be the first time FSU would win all three games at home since the year 2000.

Right-hander Scott Sitz is scheduled to start for Florida State at 12:30 p.m. instead of Peter Miller who was shut down for the week due to shoulder soreness.

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