The only thing hotter than the sweltering 95-degree weather at Mark Light Field Sunday was the Miami offense.
The thirteenth-ranked Hurricanes plated runs in each of the first five innings, including four home runs by four different players, as the hosts salvaged their series by thumping No. 12 Florida State 12-0 in an afternoon scorcher.
Miami, who outhit the Seminoles 18-7, rebounded from a blowout loss Saturday night and a heartbreaking 17-inning defeat Friday.
"This is a crazy game," head coach Jim Morris said. "It's amazing, from one day to the next, how this game can change, from one side to the other side."
Junior George Iskenderian tied a career high with four hits, and joked afterwards that the sun might have heated up the Hurricanes bats.
All nine Hurricane starters recorded at least one hit in an impressive barrage.
"It's baseball. You have to have a short memory," Iskenderian said. "I think every guy in the locker room believes in themselves, regardless of what happened those first two games.
"Every day is a new day in baseball. We took advantage of that today."
Not to be outdone, junior Enrique Sosa continued his home dominance with another strong start. The righthander tossed 6.0+ innings, scattering just six hits and no runs with five strikeouts.
"This game starts with pitching," Morris said. "He pitched a great game. We got some big hits and got a big lead early, but he pitched well."
With the performance, Sosa (6-3) lowered his home ERA to 0.96 and improved his home record to 5-0.
"It felt really good. All my pitches were working," Sosa said. "I could spot up almost every pitch. The defense behind me played really well - that helps."
Iskenderian said a pregame speech from captain Bryan Garcia helped motivate the team, who struggled to generate any momentum in Saturday night's 15-5 loss.
"He said, 'Don't forget the reason why you started playing,'" Iskenderian recalled. "'Those first two games are over. Just come out here, have fun the way you did when you were in little league, just play as hard as you can, and the rest will take care of itself.'
"That's what we did today."
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