The Miami Hurricanes salvaged a win from their series against the UNC Tar Heels Sunday, getting a 7-5 win after a rain shortened game. It was the first Hurricanes win in nearly two weeks, and it ends a horrific seven game losing streak. With the win Miami moves to 13-18 (7-8 ACC) on the season.
The Hurricanes got off to a fast start at the plate, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Freddy Zamora started Miami’s day with a leadoff single, and Willy Escala was beaned in the back to give the ‘Canes two men on. Gabe Rivera would ground into a double play, but it pushed Zamora to third, and Zamora scored after an E6 let Hunter Tackett reach first. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes once again couldn’t hold a lead. A string of walks followed by a string of doubles gave UNC a two-out rally that made the game 3-1 after one and a half innings played.
Miami had a big chance in the bottom of the second, as they loaded the bases with just one out, but they couldn’t capitalize after a pitching change, and two flyouts ended the inning. Things stayed quiet until the top of the fifth, when UNC added two runs on what was effectively an RBI triple. Bizarrely the runner would be out at third though, because he didn’t touch second base on his way to third, as a result it was scored a single, but the runs still counted.
The Hurricanes would respond with an RBI triple of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Michael Burns, and Burns would pull through with a bases clearing triple for the ‘Canes to make the game 5-4. The Hurricanes wouldn’t stop there though, as Isaac Quinones would tie the game with a sac-fly that scored Burns. After that Dylan Cloonan ripped a double down the right field line, and he was followed by a walk from Tyler Paige. Freddy Zamora would then rip a double to score Miami’s sixth and seventh runs. By the end of the fifth, Miami had added six runs in the inning, and the score stood at 7-5 in favor of the home side.
After the fifth the rain started to fall at The Light. There was a twelve minute rain delay between the end of the fifth and the top of the sixth. In the top of the sixth UNC got one run back to make the game 7-6, but in the middle of the inning it started to absolutely pour at Mark Light Field. The tarp would come out, and since the rain wouldn’t stop the game was ended. Per ACC rules the score reverts to the score at the end of the last completed inning, giving us our final score of 7-5 Miami. It’s pretty easy to see why the game couldn’t continue...
Haven’t seen it rain much harder than this before... pic.twitter.com/nYtIWV8KdJ— Canes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) April 8, 2018
The Hurricanes’ pitching staff was struggling today and had been for this whole weekend, and they were a little lucky that the rain cut the game short. However, it ended this terrible losing streak, and they’ll look to keep some positive momentum going into a tough upcoming week.
Winning Pitcher: Andrew Cabezas (3-3, 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 4 K)
Losing Pitcher: Joey Lancellotti (1-3, .1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K)
Mid-week Vs UCF
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Daniel Federman (1-3, 2.55 ERA)
UCF Starter: Cre Finfrock (2-0, 5.60 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM