The Miami Hurricanes dropped a tough game against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Wednesday Night. The game was tied at zero until the eighth inning, and Miami wasted oppurtunities at the plate all night. It’s tough to lose a game like this, and Miami will have to stop dropping the mid-week games as we continue further in the season. Mid-week games were the reason the Hurricanes didn’t make the NCAA Tournament last year, and they can’t let that happen again this year.
The Eagles got the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. A single gave FGCU a runner with just one out, and a bad throw on a pickoff attempt meant that the runner moved to second. Federman looked like he would get out of the inning after getting a strikeout, but a single through the right side of the infield scored the runner from second, and the Eagles had scored what turned out to be the decisive run.
Miami had several chances to score throughout the game, but they could never string enough hits together to score a run. The Hurricanes had men in scoring position in three different innings, but couldn’t manage to ever drive in a much needed run to win the game. It seems that Miami can never quite put together a full game in the mid-week matchups, and that each and every week either the pitching staff struggles, or the lineup struggles.
In the end this is a tough game to lose, Miami played FGCU well, and the game was evenly matched throughout. In the end the Hurricanes let Daniel Federman down for the second consecutive game, and that needs to stop.
The Hurricanes need to forget about this game quickly. This weekend brings a huge series in the ACC on the road vs Georgia Tech. Miami will almost certainly need to sweep to stay tied for the ACC Coastal lead, because both Duke and UNC play weaker ACC opponents. In addition, the Hurricanes need to win the series to get out of the week with a 2-2 record.
Things need to start changing in these mid-week games. I don’t know if it’s a focus issue or something else, but Miami is continuously dropping these games and setting themselves up for weeks at or below .500. Miami is losing games that they should be winning, last year it ended up costing them at the end of the year, and they can’t let it happen again this year. Miami needs to learn to focus in these games, and they can’t keep throwing them away.
Winning Pitcher: Evan Lumbert (4-0, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K)
Losing Pitcher: Daniel Federman (1-2, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Save: Kenton Hering (4)
Date & Time: Friday, March 30, 6:00 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Jeb Bargfeldt (2-2, 2.95 ERA)
Georgia Tech Starter: Xzavion Curry (5-0, 3.09 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM