UM Baseball Keeps Rolling

I can't say for sure what it is, but Georgia Tech just seems to have Miami's number this season. In mid-March, they took two of three from the Hurricanes and today, in Miami's first game of the ACC Tournament, GT won again by a 6-3 score.

Things started off well enough for the Hurricanes, as they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning thanks to Dale Carey's seventh home run of the season. Then when the Yellow Jackets plated a single run in the fifth, UM answered back with two more in the bottom half to push the lead to 3-1.

Andrew Suarez was looking pretty solid and the offense was doing a good job of chipping away at Georgia Tech starter Josh Heddinger.

But then things began to unravel in the seventh. After making an error that helped get the inning started for GT, Suarez exited the game having already given up a run in the inning with just one out. Before Cooper Hammond could put the Yellow Jackets away, another run had scored to tie the game.

GT kept at it with two more in the eighth off of Hammond and then added another run in the ninth off of Thomas Woodrey. The fact that those two got touched up for runs is as surprising as anything else that happened in the game.

It wasn't necessarily pretty, but starter Josh Heddinger got the job done for GT. He threw seven innings, giving up seven hits and three runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Once he was done, Dusty Isaacs threw two scoreless innings to finish it off.

Offensively, right fielder Ryan Peurifoy was the biggest thorn in the side of the Hurricanes. He went 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Left fielder Matt Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and both third baseman Brandon Gold and catcher Arden Pabst had two RBI.

For the Hurricanes, it could be described as an uneven offensive performance. Dale Carey led the way with a 3-for-4 day, including his home run, and Zach Collins went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Miami 7-8-9 hitters went a combined 0-for-12 with four strikeouts. They're hitting at the end of the lineup for a reason, obviously, but if that part of the lineup had scratched out a hit or two, the team would have made better use of Carey's big day from the leadoff spot.

The win pushed Heddinger's record to 4-4. The loss is Hammond's first of the season; he is now 5-1. Issacs recorded his seventh save.

On Thursday, the Hurricanes will take on the Clemson Tigers at 7:00 pm. In their ACC Tournament opener, the Tigers took down Duke 5-3 in a game that probably felt like a must-win for a Clemson team that finds itself on the NCAA bubble. Matthew Crownover threw 7.2 innings to get the win and Tyler Krieger led the way offensively with two hits, two walks, and two RBI.

This matchup is huge for both teams. If Clemson can find a way to beat Miami, it will more than likely seal the deal for them as an NCAA at-large team. At the same time, a loss would put Miami's chances to be a top-eight national seed in real jeopardy.

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