Florida State right-hander Peter Miller out of Cambridge Christian School in Tampa has two career starts against the University of South Florida, and has two wins. Miller shut out the Bulls for six innings last year in a 5-2 win.
Miller got his second career win striking out 11 USF batters over five innings of work allowing four hits and one earned run. Alec Byrd would follow with 2 2/3 innings of relief striking out four to total 15 K’s on the night for the Seminoles and a 5-1 win.
The game was played in front of a record crowd of 3,615.
“We played a solid game tonight,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “Our pitching tonight was outstanding.
FSU scored four runs in the second inning, one in the third and aside from a Buddy Putnam home run in the bottom of the second the Bulls couldn’t close the gap.
Brett Knief led off the inning with a home run to left field. FSU added four more hits in inning to score three more runs. The Seminoles would get another run in the third when Danny De La Calle drew a bases load walk to give FSU a 5-1 lead.
“I told them before the game, ‘You’ve got to stay away from the big innings,’ and they got us with four runs in that second inning, but we still had opportunities,” USF head coach Lelo Prado said.
Perhaps a bright spot on the night for USF was freshman Michael Farley who turned in 4 1/3 no-hit innings of relief while striking out five, featuring a firm fastball and a curveball that he was able to command.
“Today my curveball was working good, and I definitely need to control that pitch,” Farley explained.
“There a good club and for a freshman to go out there and shut them out, we can build on that with him,” Prado added.
“They’re one of the best teams in the country. They’re a good ball club, but I will not be satisfied losing, 5-1,” Prado concluded.
The two teams return to USF Baseball Stadium for game two of the mid-week series on Wednesday, March 5 with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m