The Miami Hurricanes will finish their season at 28-26 (17-14 ACC) after a loss vs the Clemson Tigers Thursday. Miami will almost certainly not be selected for the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. It was a disappointing end to Jim Morris’ final season, and now the ‘Canes will have to turn young talent into sophomore production next season.
The Hurricanes got a great start out of Jeb Bargfeldt in his last career game. The senior went 5.2 innings, leaving with the game at 2-1 in favor of Clemson. When the bullpen came in, the Hurricanes totally folded. Allowing another five runs in an inning that effectively ended the season for the Hurricanes.
An RBI single made the game 3-1, followed by another RBI single that made the game 4-1. Then Clemson really blew the game wide open, with a three-run homerun that made the game 7-1 and spelled the end for Jim Morris’ time at The U.
The Hurricanes kept this game close, and if it wasn’t for a costly dropped foul ball in the sixth inning the score would’ve held at 4-1, keeping the Hurricanes in reach. However, bad plays like that have put Miami into a tailspin several times this season, and that’s just what happened tonight.
Since Miami almost certainly won’t earn a bid for the NCAA Tournament, it’s time to look ahead for the ‘Canes. Gino DiMare will take over a more experienced ball club next season, and one that returns much of the talent that we saw on this season’s roster. The Hurricanes were 11-1 in their last 12 games, and hopefully that’s a positive sign for what we can expect out of Miami next season.
While the winning streak to try to make a late run at the tournament was inspiring, it was ultimately too little, too late for the Hurricanes. It can be described as nothing but a disappointment that Miami will miss the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. Next season, there will be a lot of pressure on the Hurricanes’ coaching staff for their team to perform.
Winning Pitcher: Ryan Miller (6-1, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
Losing Pitcher: Jeb Bargfeldt (4-5, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 5 K)
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