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Dunn delivers in relief as FSU takes series from Miami

Florida State’s up-and-down 2022 season now includes a series win over Miami — the 10th time this spring the Seminoles have taken at least two of three games.

Ross Dunn had six strikeouts in five innings of long relief, allowing just a solo home run, as FSU knocked off Miami 6-4 on Sunday in a matchup of top-20 RPI teams.

“If somebody can find a rivalry better than that one I find it hard to believe,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “It’s a special one. I’m proud of our guys. It’s not easy to do, to bounce back like they did after losing game 1.”

Jaime Ferrer hit a two-run homer and later had an RBI single for the Seminoles, who won their 10th weekend series of the 2022 season. Jordan Carrion also went 2 for 4.

Dunn threw 69 pitches (44 strikes), giving up three hits, a walk and an earned run. It was just his second relief appearance of the season, but it was a good one and at the right time for himself and the Seminoles.

“Honestly, it felt good today,” Dunn said. “I didn’t even really feel like I had all my stuff. I just kind of kept going, kept going, kept going. It just worked. The mechanics started finally clicking.”

Logan Lacey added an RBI triple in the seventh for FSU (32-18, 15-12 ACC). The Seminoles have struggled in midweek games and on the road but have taken care of business on weekends, including the last three (a two-game sweep of TCU, on the road vs. BC and now Miami).

“It’s just a credit to our pitching,” Martin Jr. said. “We’ve always got a chance, the guys that we can run out there. Highs and lows. We’ve stunk defensively, we’ve stunk hitting, we’ve stunk pitching. But the pitching that we got, it hasn’t stunk as much. And so we’re always going to be in ballgames. I’m sure we’ve still walked too many people. I wouldn’t trade that pitching staff for anybody’s.”

Carson Montgomery got the start and went just 1.2 innings, giving up an earned run on three hits and two walks. He also had three strikeouts.

Davis Hare relieved Dunn, striking out the side in the ninth inning for his third save as the Seminoles finished 26-8 at Dick Howser Stadium in the regular season. FSU’s pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts on Sunday.

Jacob Burke went 3 for 3 with a home run and two runs scored for Miami (37-14, 18-9).

Jackson Greene collided with Jaime Ferrer as the second baseman ranged into shallow right field to go after a fly ball. Ferrer caught it but Greene slammed into the right fielder, with Greene laying on the ground for a few minutes before he got back up to finish the top of the eighth. While Greene missed his at-bat in the bottom of the inning, he was able to re-enter in the ninth due to the NCAA concussion protocol.

“I think Greeny is going to be ok,” Martin Jr. said. “It was a scary one. Good Lord is looking after him.”

Box score

The FSU – Miami box score can be viewed here.

Up next

FSU will play at Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (SEC Network). The Seminoles will then wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at North Carolina beginning on Thursday (all games on ACC Network Extra).