Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
Playing for nothing but pride, Miami faced off against traditional rival Florida State . Already having lost three times this season convincingly during the regular season, the last thing Miami wanted to endure is not only going 0-2 for the Tournament but more importantly losing for the unprecedented 4th time to the Seminoles.
Jake Garland would get the call to put the brakes on a Seminole team that has had our number all season. The black cloud that hung over our head at the Light when they first met this season, continued to do so in Charlotte. FSU took the early lead right from the very start and once again Miami could not generate enough offensive power to get back into the game. After the Noles opened with 3 runs in the first, Miami closed to within one by the 4th until the dreaded 5th inning dropped the curtain on the Canes as it has done all season. After a 70 minute rain delay, trailing by three, Miami struggled to find any type of offensive attack only managing 2 hits through the 8th. With one final effort in the 9th, Miami loads the bases twice threatening to make a Miracle at the Light in Charlotte.
Noles struck early in the first with three runs on three hits and the message had been sent loud and clear that they were embarrassed by Duke, 12-1, and they weren’t going to have likewise from their arch rivals. Noles ended their scoring in the first with a two out double (2RBIs) having scored two batters prior following a walk and back to back singles.
Miami answered the 3 runs with one of their own coming in the second with back to back singles to lead off the inning by CDC and Gil placing runners on the corners and scoring on a WP. A lead off HR by Gil in the 4th put them within one, but that would be the closest they would come.
Going into the 5th, Jake had settled down after the 3 run opening and at 50 pitches and having not seen a hit since the 1st, the 5th looked like a barrier he was going to overcome. The Noles quickly crushed this perception with 3 opening singles, the last being a bunt to the 3rd base side almost causing a collision between Yoyo and Pitelli with the ball getting by them. Runner at second seeing no one covering home easily scored. With the change of pitchers, Miami’s struggle in the field continued with what should have been a 6-4-3 DP instead an E6 loading the bases. A SF to center stretched the lead to two. Rosario would walk the next batter to load the bases before ending the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Miami would have to wait 70 minutes to bat again as the black cloud that had followed them from the Gables opened into a rain delay. DC opened with a single in the 6th followed by 9 outs before they could put up any type of challenge which came in the 9th.
By the the 9th, the Canes had dug themselves into a deeper hole trailing by 4 after a solo HR coming off of Carson Palmquest, his second in two days.
CDC took up the challenge to lead off the 9th with a single. Gil walked. Toral out on an IF fly rule to SS. CJ Kayfus pinch hitting for Perez singles to load the bases; one out. Izarra beats out a 6-4-3 DP scoring CDC bringing the lead to within three. Jenkins walks to reload the bases bringing Anthony to the plate. A walk off grand slam would win it and Anthony battled at the plate punching foul ball after foul ball. on the 9th pitch a called 3rd strike looking ended the game, Tournament, and sweep by the Noles to hold onto until next year the bragging rights for these two arch rivals.
Offensively, like the whole year, we were unable to put together consecutive hits. 2-10 with runners in scoring position, striking out 13 times. This was a team with so much potential that never got it around to execute what was only on paper. CDC and Gil were the only ones with multiple hits today. CDC 2-4 and Raymond 2-3 (HR,RBI). We will get a regional bid to somewhere, but definitely not at home and unless by some unknown miracle I don’t expect this struggling season to last much longer. Miami now awaits on where they will be going come Monday when the teams are announced and to where and who they will be paired off against.