Canes Fall to Elon in Game 1, 10-7

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - This week, Miami coach Jim Morris spent the majority of Wednesday and Thursday's practices on bunt-defense drills in preparation for an Elon team that likes to play small-ball.

However, Miami executed the bunt-defense drills poorly this week in practice and that lack of efficiency carried over to Friday night's 10-7 loss to Elon at Mark Light Field.

"We messed up bunts four times {on defense} tonight," coach Jim Morrs, an Elon grad, said. "We worked on bunt defense this week because we messed it up last week too. We worked on it on Wednesday and we were off in practice. We played the game the way we practiced."

Elon (5-2) scored 10 runs—two of which were unearned—on 11 hits—five of which were infield hits—and hit for four base hits off bunts as the Phoenix manufactured runs.

Ace starting pitcher, Scott Maine, dug Miami into a deep hole in the first inning, allowing five runs off six hits—including a three-run home run to designated hitter Robert Rodebaugh.

Maine pitched 3.2 innings allowing nine hits and eight runs while striking out just one batter.

Miami (4-5) countered with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but ended the inning with the bases loaded as Blake Tekotte struckout to end the inning.

Miami's offense did not capitalize in scoring situations, stranding numerous runners in scoring position.

Miami loaded the bases again in the third inning and had runners on second and third with slugger Yonder Alonso at bat in the seventh inning, but came away with no runs in both situations.

"If you score seven runs, you are supposed to win," Morris said. "But we should have scored more than seven runs tonight, because we left too many guys on the bases. We ended too many innings with runners on bases and called third strikes."

Elon's lead swelled to 8-4 in the fourth inning Maine was replaced in the fourth inning by freshman pitcher J.J. Housey after allowing three runs in the fourth inning.

Freshman Mark Sobolewski drove in two runs on a line drive single to centerfield, cutting Elon's lead to 8-6 in the fourth inning.

But Elon extended their lead 10-6 after Housey walked and hit consecutive batters with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Sobolewski, who made the start at third base, had the best offensive game of his young UM career Friday, hitting a perfect 4-for-4 and finishing with 4 RBI.

Freshman pitcher Alex Koronis turned in a solid performance in three innings of relief, allowing zero runs, zero walks and walking two batters while striking out three hitters.

Elon was led offensively by designated hitter Robert Rodebaugh, who went 2-for-5, driving in five runs and scoring one run, and shortstop Jordy Snyder who finished 2-for-5 with three runs.

"We didn't do the little things it takes to win," Morris said. "We are not playing very well. We are not a good club right now we are not a good team and not getting the job done when it counts.

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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