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Canes blow golden chance in 7th, Noles win 4-2

DURHAM, N.C. -- Unfortunately, today's ACC Tournament game between the Canes and Seminoles isn't available locally on TV. But WQAM does have the radio broadcast. I will be here to provide thoughts and highlights at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

FSU scored four runs in the first off UM starter Chris Hernandez > UM gambled Wednesday by saving ace Chris Hernandez for the Noles and throwing their bullpen at Georgia Tech. It paid off Wednesday with a 8-6 win against Georgia Tech. We'll have to see if the second part of the gamble pays off today. FSU got to Hernandez early in his last start.  

> Six pitches in and FSU is up 2-0. After Tyler Holt smacked the second pitch he saw from Hernandez for a single to right center, Stephen Cardullo drilled Hernandez's third pitch of the game for a double off the Big Blue Monster for a run scoring double. Three pitches later, Mike McGee hit nearly the same exact spot for another run scoring double.

> FSU's Tommy Oravetz drills a 1-0 pitch into the empty seats in right field to make it 4-0 Noles in the top of the first. Think the Noles are sending a message?

> Turned out to be a far less stressful inning for FSU starter Brian Busch. He retired the Canes in order and threw less than 10 pitches.

> Much better second inning for Hernandez, who retired the 8, 9, 1 part of FSU's lineup in order.

> Chris Herrmann's one-out double in the second turned out to be meaningless. He was stranded at second when Brian Busch got Harold Martinez to line out hard to left and Dave DiNatale to groundout to short to end the inning. At least UM isn't being no-hit. Yesterday against GT, they waited until the sixth to get a hit on ACC PItcher of the Year Deck McGuire. Back in April, they waited until the sixth to get a hit on Busch.

> Hernandez's second trip down the FSU order is going much better. He's retired six in a row since his rocky first inning.

> UM had the man they wanted at the plate with two outs in the third and runners on first and second base. But Jason Hagerty just couldn't come through. He came up a few feet short of wall in center field. UM still trails 4-0 after three.

> Got to give Chris Hernandez props for getting out of major trouble in the fourth. He walked the leadoff man then had Oravitz reach when the ball squirted out of shorstop Ryan Jackson's glove on a tailor made double play. But Hernandez battled back -- even after the Noles pulled off a double steal -- to strike out the next three hitters.

> UM is starting to hit the ball hard of Busch. They just don't much to show for it. Yasmani Grandal, who reached on a hard single to right, finally put UM on the board when he came in to score on Harold Martinez's line drive sacrifice fly to deep left. But FSU still leads 4-1 after four innings.

> Chris Hernandez's pitch count after five innings is around 90. UM is probably going to get just one more inning out of him before the bullpen is going to have to come in and try to keep this close.

>  That's two errors now in this game for Ryan Jackson. He had seven all season. Maybe he can make up for it by bringing his bat to life here late in the game.

> Ryan Jackson just missed on a home run and ended up getting thrown out at second. Yasmani Grandal, however, didn't miss on his big swing. His solo blast off the porch of a condo behind the wall in left field has trimmed FSU's lead to 4-2 after six. It was Grandal's 16th blast of the season.

> Chris Hernandez's day is over after six innings. Michael Rudman has replaced him in the seventh. Hernandez gave up four earned and five hits, but kept Miami in the game after that horrid first inning.

> Tough break for the Canes in the seventh. They load the bases on walks and bring Ryan Jackson, who is due a break, to the plate. But he never gets a chance to swing. A ball gets away from FSU catcher Rafael Lopez, but not far enough to allow Dave DiNatale to score from third. Instead, DiNatale gets rung up by home plate umpire Randy Harvey when relief pitcher Geoff Parker applied the tag a moment before he reached the base.