Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tempers Flare as Miami Wins Rubber Game of 1-vs.-2 Series; Hurricanes' Celebration Rubs FSU the Wrong Way after an 11-10 Loss

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tempers Flare as Miami Wins Rubber Game of 1-vs.-2 Series; Hurricanes' Celebration Rubs FSU the Wrong Way after an 11-10 Loss

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE - Mix bitter college baseball and in-state rivals ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally with wild momentum swings and a three-hour travel curfew in a deciding series game, and you begin to understand what unfolded Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium between Miami and Florida State.

The top-ranked Hurricanes held on for a curfew-shortened 11-10 victory in seven innings after nearly squandering an eight-run lead.

Time wasn't the only thing that ran short for the Seminoles, who made it a game with a five-run sixth-inning, highlighted by Buster Posey's three-run homer to right.

Tempers flared at the end of the game after Miami reliever Carlos Gutierrez retired Tyler Holt on a called third strike with the tying run at third base.

Celebrating like it was 1999 - when the Hurricanes beat the Seminoles in Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series title - Miami ruffled FSU's already frayed feathers.

With the Hurricanes still jumping around at home plate, the Seminoles gave no indication that they were going to take part in the customary post-series handshake.

"Our guys shook hands with each other," Miami coach Jim Morris said, in an cell phone interview afterward.

"I don't know if Florida State didn't want to shake hands or what. Our players went to shake hands, and they didn't come out. I don't really know what happened until that point. Somebody must have said something from one club or the other. It kind of got out of hand."

FSU players and support personnel stormed from the dugout as school officials and university police separated both sides before the episode could escalate further.

"That's not what college athletics is all about," said FSU coach Mike Martin, who called the incident unfortunate. "It was just an emotional situation. Everything was under control. ... There was just a little - what's that word - testosterone? …

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