The Miami Hurricanes are 17-24 (10-12 ACC) after another loss. This time at the hands of bitter rival Florida State. The Hurricanes were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position tonight, and they looked disinterested at times.
Miami got another good performance from their pitching staff today. As Jeb Bargfeldt allowed just two runs over eight innings pitched. Those two runs came off a Cal Raleigh homerun in the bottom of the first inning. Jeb gave the Hurricanes a chance for the whole rest of the game, and single handedly kept them within reach of a Top 20 team.
This pitching staff has tried to save this season for Miami, but an inconsistent amount of effort and production has left Miami without answers or a chance at the tournament late in the season. At seven games under .500, with just a few series left, things seem pretty bleak for the Hurricanes. Unless they go on a historic run Miami is facing one of the worst, if not the single worst season in program history.
I find it difficult to pinpoint a specific reason why the Hurricanes have struggled so much this season. It comes from several areas, the coaching staff hasn’t improved the offensive production of the lineup since the start of the season, the pitching staff still occasionally underperforms and is generally inconsistent, and the whole team seems to be disinterested sometimes. The Hurricanes need a culture change. Things have grown stale over the past few years.
The ‘Canes need someone to step up when it really matters. The Hurricanes missed chances again tonight. No one has stepped up to the plate for Miami this season. There’s not a player that has given the Hurricanes confidence that he’ll be there in the clutch. Ultimately this means that in the truly big moments Miami goes quietly, they put men on base, but they can’t get them across.
Miami has to win their next two games, and quite a few more after that. It is extremely unlikely that the Hurricanes will be anywhere near the NCAA Tournament come the end of the season. In fact, this may become one of Miami’s worst seasons in baseball history.
Winning Pitcher: Drew Parrish (3-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K)
Losing Pitcher: Jeb Bargfeldt (2-4, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K)
Save: Jonah Scolaro (5)
Date & Time: Saturday, April 28, 6:00 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Evan McKendry (5-5, 3.52 ERA)
FSU Starter: C.J Van Eyk (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM