GREENSBORO — Miami took control early and kept adding the runs in a 9-3 win over Florida State at NewBridge Bank Park in the second game of the ACC baseball tournament Wednesday.
The No. 4-seeded Hurricanes (40-15) plated three runs in the second inning, and the Seminoles (38-17) responded with two in the top of the third inning to cut Miami's lead to 3-2.
But that was as close as No. 5 seed Florida State would get.
"It's a huge win," Miami coach Jim Morris, who grew up in the Triad, said. "They've been our biggest rival."
Miami went up 5-2 on a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and shook Florida State starter Sean Gilmartin, who went 6 1/3 innings allowing nine runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
"I'll say this, Gily didn't have a bad outing," said Seminoles coach Mike Martin. "He won't agree with me, but he didn't pitch badly."
In a game that Miami scored had fewer hits than runs, it did punish Gilmartin for the walks.
"That's what happens when you walk guys with two outs," Gilmartin said.
Five of Miami's seven hits came from a pair of batters: designated hitter Michael Broad, who was 3-for-3 with a home run and centerfielder Nathan Melendres, who also homered.
But Miami third baseman Harold Martinez cranked a three-run homer in the fifth inning, putting the Hurricanes up 8-3.
Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, who entered the game with a .426 batting average, was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
"Somebody's got to step up and it's not always going to be Yasmani Grandal," Morris said, pointing to Martinez and starting pitcher Eric Whaley, who went five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits.
Morris went to freshman E.J. Encinosa, who went 2 1/3 innings allowing only a hit and a walk with a pair of strikeouts.
Yes, Morris acknowledged having the young pitcher out there gave him concern.
"But I'm always concerned," Morris said, laughing. "If I had Nolan Ryan I'd be concerned."