Canes fall to Gators 6-2

A sweep would have been great but the University of Miami baseball team had to settle for winning two out of three against the rival Florida Gators.

Florida scored first in the final game of the three game series between the Canes and Gators.

"We didn't play well enough," Miami Head Coach Jim Morris said. "We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. We pitched well enough to win. We just didn't hit well enough and we made some physical and mental mistakes that hurt is in the game."

In the top of the second inning, designated hitter Dustin Bamberg scored from second on a Clayton Pisani grounder that Miami third baseman Mark Sobolewski couldn't handle. The Miami error led to a 1-0 Gators lead.

After some missed scoring opportunities in the first two innings, Miami got on the board in the bottom of the third when centerfielder Blake Tekotte hit his first home run of the season. The lined shot to right field tied the game at one.

"The wind was blowing in today a little bit so I didn't know if it was going to get out or not," Tekotte said. "It had enough carry on it I guess. It was good to try and get us started up and ignited again."

Florida scored its first earned run of the game in the top of the sixth. Center fielder Matt den Dekker got an infield single to break up Miami starter Chris Hernandez's no hitter.

"That doesn't matter to me," Hernandez said about losing the no hitter. "What I was actually upset about was that we were behind two to one. I wanted to get out of there on top and stay ahead but unfortunately we came out behind in that inning. It doesn't matter to me whether the no hitter was lost. It's just about the team not about me."

Left fielder Josh Adams drove in den Dekker with a double to left field to put the Gators ahead two to one.

"I felt good just like last weekend," Hernandez said. "I tried to do the same thing. Keep the ball down and throw strikes and I came out with however many strikes outs (seven). I gave up that run but I left the ball up a little bit. It happens. That's baseball."

In the bottom of the sixth, Jemile Weeks led off with a double to right-center field to end Florida starting pitcher Tommy Toledo's day. The freshman allowed four hits over five plus innings.

The Gators brought in left-handed reliever Tony Davis to face All-American Yonder Alonso. The Miami first baseman worked a walk to set up runners on first and second for Mark Sobolewski.

After a double steal to put the runners at second and third, reliever Clint Franklin struck out Sobolewski.

Designated hitter Joey Terdoslavich drove in Weeks on a ground out to first base.

The Terdoslavich RBI tied the game at two with right handed reliever Alex Koronis entering the game in the top of the seventh in relief of Chris Hernandez.

The left-handed freshman finished the day allowed two runs, though only one was earned, over six innings. The Gators managed two hits and struck out seven times while facing the young lefty.

"Hernandez pitched really well," Morris said. "Well enough to win."

Koronis, who was coming off arm surgery, was all business for Miami. The right-handed sophomore struck out the side in the top of the seventh.

"I felt good," Koronis said. "Everyone's been worried about me coming back early but I felt good. I did my rehab and I haven't had any set backs. I just came out and threw the ball."

In the eighth, Florida third baseman Jon Townsend led off with a bunt single. Catcher Hampton Tignor sacrificed Townsend to second.

Miami brought in lefty P.J. Fisher to face Matt den Dekker with the go ahead run on second.

den Dekker reached base on a ground ball to third that Sobolewski could not pick up cleanly. The second error by Sobolewski put runners on first and second.

Josh Adams loaded the bases for the Gators with a bunt single down the third base line.

Short stop Cole Figueroa came through for the Gators with a grand slam to left field to give Florida a six to two lead over Miami.

Fisher walked Brandon McArthur before striking out Dustin Bamberg looking.

Jonathan Pigott singled to left to set up runners on first and third for Clayton Pisani but Fisher was able to pick off Pigott to end the inning.

Miami entered the bottom of the eighth down four runs with the top of the order up to bat. Center fielder Blake Tekotte got the inning started with a single to left.

Jemile Weeks grounded to shortstop Cole Figueroa who threw to second to get Tekotte out. Weeks beat Clayton Pisani's throw to first to avoid a double play but the very next pitch Yonder Alonso grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Freshman Iden Nazario made his first appearance on the mound as Hurricane in the ninth inning. The hard throwing lefty did not allow a run and struck out the first batter he faced.

"My heart was pumping just like the other day when I came in to pinch hit with the bases loaded," Nazario said. "I was excited and a little anxious but I just came in and started pitching and did my job."

Miami was down to its final three outs in the bottom of the ninth. Cleanup hitter Mark Sobolewski struck out to open the inning. Joey Terdoslavich grounded to third for out number two and left fielder Dave DiNatale flied out to right field to end the game.

The team was a bit disappointed with the end of the series but they are ready to get back on the field and try to get another win.

"Everybody is a little down because we wanted the sweep but we've got to look on the bright side," Nazario said. "We took the series. Florida is a good team. We're going to have to settle for two and one but next time we're going to get it."

"It's a big loss because were always looking to sweep especially against good teams," Tekotte said. "It's definitely tough but we won the series. We've got to look at the bright side now and get ready for Lehigh on Tuesday."

The Hurricanes have tomorrow off to prepare for Lehigh who visits The Light on Tuesday night. First pitch is at 7:00 pm.

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