#25 Miami (13-11, 5-3 ACC) fell apart in the 11th inning and lost to the visiting Virginia Cavaliers (18-4, 6-2 ACC) 8-3 on Sunday night in Coral Gables.
Cavs starting pitcher Josh Sborz was sensational. Sborz was dominant over seven innings, walking two batters, striking out ten and only allowing one hit. The one hit was a one out double in the fifth by Johnny Ruiz that plated Zack Collins and Alex Hernandez, who reached base on back to back walks.
Virginia climbed back into the game in the top of the seventh inning. Brandon Downes led off the frame with an opposite field home run off Miami starter Andrew Suarez. Nate Irving followed with a single and after a flyout by Robbie Coman, Irving advanced to secopnd on a passed ball by Garrett Kennedy. The passed ball proved to be a huge play in this game as Branden Cogswell's single was able to score Irving and tie the game at two.
The game remained knotted at two until Virginia came to bat in the top of the eleventh. Cogswell opened the inning with a single. Daniel Pinero followed with a sacrifice bunt, but the ball was bobbled by Hurricane reliever Enrique Sosa (0-1) allowing both runners to be safe. Mike Papi was them hit by a Sosa pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Nick Howard followed with a high chopper off the plate that was again bobbled by Sosa but ruled a hit, scoring Cogswell and keeping the bases loaded.
Sosa was lifted by JIm Morris and replaced with Danny Garcia who walked Joe McCarthy and forcing in another run and pushing the Cavalier lead to 4-2. Another passed ball by Kennedy allowed Mike Papi to score and making the score 5-2 with still nobody out. By the time the back breaking top of the eleventh ended, Virginia had scored six times and carried an 8-2 lead into the bottom half. Miami was able to score a run in the bottom half but the game was too far out of reach. The Canes were out hit 16-3 Sunday night.
As bad as Cane fans may take this loss, Miami is still 5-3 in conference play and only one game behind Virginia in the ACC Coastal Division.
The rubber game of the series will be played Monday night and televised on ESPNU.
Bryan Radzeiwski will get the start for the Hurricanes, first pitch is set for 7pm.