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Miami 12, BCU 11: Walk Off, Part Two

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The Hurricanes got their second consecutive walk off Sunday afternoon.

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The Miami Hurricanes are 21-25 (11-13 ACC) after their fourth consecutive win Sunday. This game had about as much action as you could ask for. Including an hour and a half long rain delay, a seven run inning, and an 11-4 blown lead. It all ended up with the Hurricanes on top, and they completed the sweep of BCU.

Andrew Cabezas struggled in the top of the first. BCU started the game with a leadoff triple, and the runner scored on a passed ball. A string of hits following the first run loaded the bases and brought in a second run, and a grounder scored BCU’s third run of the frame before Cabezas could get the last out. After Miami went quietly in the bottom of the first, the game entered into an hour and thirty-eight minute long rain delay. After the delay Daniel Federman entered the game for Miami. Federman found himself in a jam, but managed to allow just one run and keep Miami within reach.

The bottom of the second saw an incredible rally for the Hurricanes. Down 4-0, the Hurricanes needed some runs, and they managed to get a seven run frame. A leadoff single followed by a double gave Miami two men in scoring position with no outs. Hunter Tackett walked to load the bases, and Ray Gil came to the plate looking to drive in a few for the home side. He was absolutely robbed at the plate, driving a ball that the third baseman leaped to grab. The great defensive play would only delay the damage for BCU, Willy Escala drew a walk to make the game 4-1, and Freddy Zamora made the game 4-3 on a double to left field. Michael Burns drew another walk to re-load the bases, and Isaac Quinones drove a ball to left center to make the game 5-4 Miami. Another hit, this time from Romy Gonzalez, made the game 6-4, and yet another walk loaded the bases for the third time in the inning. Hunter Tackett drew a walk to make the game 7-4, and Ray Gil, the thirteenth batter of the inning, became the third out to get BCU out of the jam. Gil was actually responsible for two different outs in the inning, which, unless you grounded into a double play, is a pretty incredible feat in baseball.

The bottom of the third saw even more offense from Miami. The Hurricanes loaded the bases yet again, and Isaac Quinones drove a ball for his third hit of the game, along with another two RBIs. Romy Gonzalez followed with his second RBI single of the game to make it 10-4 Miami. Romy Gonzalez would score Miami’s eleventh run in two innings on a Dylan Cloonan single just a few at-bats later. After one and a half Miami was down 4-0, by the end of three they had a dominant 11-4 lead.

Michael Mediavilla came into the game to try to prove that he could match his early career success, but the senior struggled, and allowed three runs to cut Miami’s lead to 11-7. BCU would add another off Jeremy Cook in the top of the fifth, and all the sudden the ‘Canes lead had been cut from seven runs to just three. BCU would add another two in the top of the sixth, and things looked even worse for the home side, as the lead was just one run. In the top of the eighth BCU completed their climb back with a solo shot that tied things up at 11.

In the bottom of the ninth the Hurricanes looked to get their second consecutive walk off. A single and a hit by pitch gave Miami two runners on base early in the inning, and after Burns popped out on a bunt attempt Romy Gonzalez came to the plate. On just the second pitch of the at-bat Romy knocked a chopper right back up the middle, and Willy Escala hustled home to give Miami the win.

The Hurricanes pitching staff underperformed both Saturday and Sunday night, and it was a nice change of pace to have the hitters bail out the pitchers instead of the other way around. It’s a shame that Michael Mediavilla has continued to struggle to find his way on the mound, and he’s running out of time to change the narrative. This sweep was huge for the Hurricanes, at 21-25 they look to the week ahead and see a series against the ACC’s worst team and a winnable mid-week game. If Miami can perform well this week it could push them back into the NCAA Tournament conversation, but that’s far easier said than done.

You can hear some of the highlights from today’s exciting game below:

Game Info:

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Bartow (3-0, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Wilkes (0-3, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K)

Save: None

Box Score:

Next Game

Mid-Week Vs FGCU

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 PM

Hurricanes Starter: Chris McMahon (1-1, 3.86 ERA)

FGCU Starter: Evan Lumbert (6-2, 2.79 ERA)

Television: ACC Network Extra

Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM