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#8 Miami Baseball Rallies to Take ACC Tournament Opener 9-5 over Virginia

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Miami shook off a slow start, and exploded for a huge 7 run bottom of the 8th, to come away with a clutch 9-5 win over Virginia from Durham. N.C.

Thomas Woodrey, who threw a one hitter in his last start,  went just 5 and two thirds today.   He cruised early on but ran into some trouble in the 6th.

Miami gave him the lead a few innings in and things appeared to to be rolling along smoothly.

A Zack Collins RBI single got the 'Canes on the board in the bottom of the first.

And some great base running by Willie Abreu set up UM in the 4th.  Abreu took advantage of a walk, and an error, to scoot to third with no outs.

He would score on a Ricky Eusebio sac fly to make it 2-0.

That's when Virginia struck back.

A three run homer by UVA's Kenny Towns would give the Hoos.  And that would end Woodrey's day.

Cooper Hammond relieved him and appeared to be in trouble as well, but Eusebio would make an incredible catch to end the inning.

Things would stay that way until the top of the 8th, when Joe McCarthy launched an RBI single to right to increase the lead to 5-2.

Miami appeared to be in trouble.

But they fought back in the bottom of the half of the inning .

A couple of walks put men on first and second and Chris Barr's RBI single sliced the lead to 2.

One batter later George Iskenderian reach on an error and another run scored to make it 5-4.

That set the stage for David Thompson, who used a nice piece of hitting to float a single into left and put UM on top 6-5.

Garrett Kennedy then blasted one over the right field fence for the 5th, 6th, and 7th runs of the inning, and a 9-5 lead.

It was a stunning comeback, but perhaps it shouldn't have been considering how consistently explosive the 'Canes have been of late.

Bryan Garcia closed things for the 'Canes in the 9th.

UM now gets the day off and faces NC State on Sunday in a Pool B game at 6 PM EST.

Check out the post game live stream below: