After Elon scored four runs over the seventh and eighth innings to take a 4-3 lead, the Phoenix closer Mike Fratoe (1-3) had one out recorded in the bottom of the ninth. Erick San Pedro was the first Hurricane to get on base reaching on a fielding error by the shortstop. Danny Figueroa was sent in to pinch run for San Pedro. Paco Figueroa then drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Fratoe loaded the bases when he hit Brad Safchik on a 0-2 count, opening the door for Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a first-pitch grounder past the second baseman to score both Figueroas.
UM closer George Huguet (4-1) earned the win pitching the final 2.0 innings.
Elon starter Matt Garner pitched 8.0 innings for a no-decision with six
hits, three earned runs, one walk, eight strikeouts, one wild pitch and one
hit batter. UM starter Dan Touchet also earned a no-decision as he went 6.2
innings with five hits, three runs (one earned), no walks and seven
strikeouts. He departed the game with UM leading 3-1 in the seventh.
Miami opened the scoring in the second inning, 1-0, as Jim Burt scored on a
double steal, with Matt Barket stealing second. With one out, Burt was hit
by a pitch and moved to third on Barket's single to centerfield. The double
steal was pulled off on Matt Dryer's strike out.
The Hurricanes went ahead, 2-0, in the third as Brad Safchik scored from
second on Kevin Howard's RBI double deep to centerfield. Safchik earlier
doubled down the left field line.
Miami added another run, 3-0, in the fifth when Erick San Pedro scored from
third on Safchik's sacrfice fly RBI to centerfield. San Pedro led off the
inning with a single up the middle, moved to second a sacrifice bunt from
Paco Figueroa and then to third on a Garner wild pitch.
Elon came back to tie the game, 3-3, in the seventh. Bryant led off with a
double down the left field line. He would score on the next at bat with Jim
Swensen doubled him in with a line drive to left center. After Taylor
Stewart struck out, Barry Tejeda reached on a fielding error by Howard. Ross
Cook was then hit by a Touchet pitch to load the bases. Ricky Callison
recorded the second out with a foul out to first base. Andrew Cohn entered
the game for Touchet. Jason Tuttle then tied the score with a single up the
middle to score Swenson and Tejeda.
Elon captured the lead in the eighth, 4-3, on Swensen's sacrifice fly RBI to
left field scoring Ingram on the play.
The Hurricanes return to action next weekend as they travel to Tallahassee
to take on annual-rival Florida State in a three-game series, beginning
Friday at 7 p.m. All three games can be heard on the student of voice of the
Hurricanes, WVUM 90.5 FM, or on the Internet at www.hurricanesports.com.
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