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'Canes drop ACC Tourney Opener, 6-3 to GT

Miami will look to bounce back tomorrow in pool play.

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The Miami Hurricanes finished the season winning 27 of 30 and earning the #1 seed in the conference tournament.

Perhaps they were due for an off day?

UM took a two run lead into the bottom of the sixth, but could not hold off the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 6-3 loss in Greensboro.

Both pitchers and both defenses were sharp early.

For the 'Canes it was 2nd baseman Alex Hernandez making a nifty diving stop to snuff out the Jackets in the bottom half of the inning to back Andrew Saurez.

A few inning later,  SS Brandon Lopez showed his range with a sharp play up the middle.

The UM lefty was pretty tough  for a while on his own though, keeping GT hitters off balance with a variety of pitches.

Tech starter Josh Heddinger was pretty good himself,  until Miami lead off man Dale Carey smoked a fastball well over the left field fence in the top of fourth for a 1-0 Hurricanes lead.

In the bottom of the 5th, GT got even though, courtesy of an RBI single by Arden Pabst.

But like they have all year, the 'Canes answered right back.

The top of the 6th started innocently enough.  But Carey looped a single and wasted no time stealing second.  Mr. Clutch himself Tyler Palmer laced  a single up the middle to bring Carey home and put Miami right back on top.

Another single by Zack Collins added to the two out rally and made it 3-1.

It looked like Miami was in control.

However, things got dicey for Suarez in the 7th, as the pitcher's throwing error helped the Jackets put runners on 1st and 3rd. Pabst would then drive one in with a double down the third base line to cut the lead in half  and chase the UM starter from the game.

Cooper Hammond came on in relief and surrendered a sac fly to Mott Hyde to tie things up, but gave up no further damage.

One inning later though,  The Jackets put together three consecutive two out hits against the Miami reliever culminating in a two run single by Brandon Gold to take the lead, 5-3.

In the top of the eight Miami was in position to respond after a perfectly executed hit and run by Willie Abreu, but Lopez grounded into an inning ending double play.

GT would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin.

The 'Canes continue pool play tomorrow night at 7PM Vs Clemson.