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UNC 9, Miami 6: More Disappointment

The Hurricanes needed a win Saturday and didn’t get it.

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The Miami Hurricanes lost their seventh straight game Saturday night, losing 9-6 to the North Carolina Tar Heels. With the loss Miami drops to 12-18 (6-8 ACC) on the season. Miami will look to salvage a win from the series tomorrow.

The Hurricanes went down 1-0 in the top of the first, but they responded in the bottom half of the inning. Willy Escala singled and Freddy Zamora doubled on a hit and run to give Miami runners on second and third. After that Gabe Rivera launched a huge three run homerun to right field that gave Miami a 3-1 lead after one inning.

The lead wouldn’t last long though. In the top of the third the Tar Heels got two runs on a sac fly and an RBI single, and Miami was left once again trying to respond. Things would get even worse in the top of the fourth. Carolina loaded the bases with two outs, and a double would score all three runners and push the lead to 6-3 in favor of the visitors from North Carolina.

The Hurricanes would get two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, a single and a walk gave Miami two men on with no outs, and a fielder’s choice from Michael Amditis made the score 6-4, and another one would make the game 6-5.

The top of the sixth saw UNC add some insurance to its’ lead, as an RBI triple would make the game 7-5, and in the top of the seventh UNC would add two more to make the game 9-5 and effectively push it out of reach for the ‘Canes.

Freddy Zamora would hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 9-6, but besides that the Hurricanes didn’t threaten and the game came to a quick conclusion. Miami’s watching their season fall apart, and with each passing game a need for change becomes more and more obvious. Hopefully something miraculous will happen tomorrow, but it may be too little too late.

Game Info

Winning Pitcher: Cooper Criswell (2-2, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 13 K)

Losing Pitcher: Evan McKendry (4-4, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 7 K)

Save: None

Box Score:

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Date & Time: Sunday, April 8, 12:00 PM

Hurricanes Starter: Andrew Cabezas (2-3, 3.58 ERA)

UNC Starter: Rodney Hutchinson (3-1, 5.18 ERA)

Television: ACC Network Extra

Radio: 790 The Ticket