The Miami Hurricanes struggles continued on Friday night as the Canes dropped the series opener to the Maine Black Bears 6-1.
Miami led into the 8th inning 1-0 on the strength of a Romy Gonzalez solo home run, but things fell apart (word to Chinua Achebe).
Miami, now 3-6 on the year, is in a tailspin. So, that’s fun. Here’s more narrative on tonight’s game from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Maine scored all six of its runs over the game’s final two innings, as the Black Bears took the series opener over No. 24 Miami, 6-1, Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
With the Hurricanes (3-6) ahead 1-0 late in the game, the Black Bears (3-6) struck for four runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to spoil a dominant outing from Miami lefthander Jeb Bargfeldt.
Bargfeldt appeared the victor in a pitchers’ duel with righthander Justin Courtney, who tossed six innings for the visitors, before the late barrage from the Black Bear offense.
Coming off a disappointing start last Friday night against No. 1 Florida, Bargfeldt atoned with 7.1 impressive innings.
He allowed six hits, one run and one walk with three strikeouts. The start marked the third-longest of his career.
Junior Romy Gonzalez made sure Courtney paid for his only mistake of the night in the sixth.
With Courtney (1-2) yet to allow a hit through the game’s first five-plus innings, Gonzalez sent the second pitch of his at bat just over the fence in left for a 1-0 lead.
The home run was the first of the season for Gonzalez, who led Miami with 11 homers a season ago.
Courtney scattered three walks and struck out eight.
Maine tied the game in the eighth on a two-out RBI single from Christopher Bec off Miami reliever Andrew Cabezas.
Cabezas (0-1) allowed two hits, three runs and two walks to pick up his first loss of the season.
Maine righthander Matt Geoffrion (1-0) pitched the final three innings to earn the win.
Miami and Maine return to Mark Light Field Saturday for Game 2 of the series. First pitch for the contest, slated for broadcast on ACC Network Extra and WVUM 90.5 FM, is set for 6 p.m.
Not really much to say, but there’s this one tweet I tweeted that sums up my thoughts perfectly
Winning Pitcher: Matt Geoffrion (1-0, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
Losing Pitcher: Andrew Cabezas (0-1, 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, HBP, 0 K)
Miami vs Maine Game 2
Date & Time: Saturday, March 3, 6:00 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Greg Veliz (0-1, 3.24 ERA)
Maine Starter: TBA
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 790 The Ticket