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#14 FGCU 3, Hurricanes 0: Wrong Side of the Pitcher’s Duel

The ‘Canes came out on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel on Wednesday.

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The Hurricanes lost 3-0 to # 14 Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

The game was played relatively quickly, as it was a pitcher’s duel.

In the bottom of the first, a single followed by a walk gave FGCU two men on with no outs, and after a fly-out a walk loaded the bases, but Greg Veliz avoided any damage with two pop-outs.

In the bottom of the seventh, FGCU got a one out single to force Greg Veliz out of the game after 6.1 innings, he was replaced by Andrew Cabezas. Unfortunately Cabezas struggled again, a mishandled grounder gave FGCU runners at the corners, and after a botched squeeze attempt by FGCU that allowed Miami to get the runner running to second, Cabezas walked a man to load the bases. A two RBI single gave FGCU a 2-0 lead, and that was followed by an RBI double that gave FGCU a 3-0 lead. Cabezas was then replaced by Frankie Bartow, who worked out of the inning.

After that UM went 1-2-3 in the next two innings, and FGCU took the game 3-0.

This goes to show how you must execute on opportunities, Miami did have a few chances with men in scoring position, but they could never plate the run, and it ultimately came back to hurt them.

Andrew Cabezas also struggled once again. I am not sure why Jim Morris decided to bring a reliever that has been struggling lately into a game against a top-15 ranked opponent, but it ultimately led to Miami losing the game.

Game Stats:

Winning Pitcher: Mario Leon (3-1, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 7.0 IP)

Losing Pitcher: Greg Veliz (2-2, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6.1 IP)

Save: Sterling Koerner (9)

Box Score:

Next Game:

Friday, March 31, vs Wake Forest, 7:00 P.M Eastern

Hurricanes Starter: Jesse Lepore (1-3, 4.64 ERA)

Radio: WVUM 90.5

Television: ACC Network Extra