The Miami Hurricanes dropped to 13-19 (7-8 ACC) with a loss to the UCF Knights on Wednesday. The season is quickly going from bad to worse, and it’s hard to think of a more bleak time in the history of Hurricanes baseball.
On the bright side freshman Chris McMahon made his first competitive start against UCF. McMahon gave Miami four strong innings before being replaced, and he worked himself out of the jams he found himself in.
Unfortunately the bullpen let the Hurricanes down. Cooper Hammond allowed a run in the top of the sixth on a sac-fly. Things would get even worse in the top of the ninth, when Frankie Bartow allowed three runs on two singles that put the game effectively out of reach for the Hurricanes.
Not all the blame lies on the pitching staff though. The Hurricanes didn’t have a hit until the sixth inning, and they really only threatened in the bottom of the ninth, when they loaded the bases with no outs. When the Hurricanes had that one chance they wasted it in the most predictable way possible, as three consecutive strikeouts ended the game.
There really wasn’t much action in this game, but the loss means that Miami has to sweep this weekend, and that is a nearly impossible task. This team doesn’t seem to be improving as we go through the season, and it’s easy to look forward to the end of the Hurricanes’ season.
Winning Pitcher: Cre Finfrock (3-0, 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K)
Losing Pitcher: Cooper Hammond (1-2, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K)
Date & Time: Friday, April 13, 6:30 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Jeb Bargfeldt (2-3, 3.71 ERA)
Clemson Starter: Jacob Hennessy (3-2, 2.42 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM