Hurricanes Handed Their First Home Loss of the Season, 5-4 in Extra Innings

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The Miami Hurricanes (10-3, 0-1 ACC) entered tonight’s game on a 10-game home win streak. Over that streak, the Canes have been red hot at the plate with solid pitching to back it up. Georgia Tech (10-4, 1-0 ACC) entered the game having won six of their last seven. Something had to give. In a game that looked to be a pitchers duel for a long time, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull out the 1-run victory in 10 innings.

Prior to the game, legendary head coach Jim Morris was honored and became only the 12th Hurricane to have his jersey retired.

“Coach Morris and Coach [Ron] Fraser are the two icons of this program,” DiMare said. “Certainly for me, I owe my career to him. He gave me an opportunity, he gave J.D. [Arteaga] an opportunity and he gave [Norberto Lopez] an opportunity. All three of us were on his staff and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him…I’m sure it was a special night for him,” DiMare said. “To do it with us playing Georgia Tech, where he has a lot of great memories there. He coached there for 12 years and he’s got a lot of friends in Georgia and some of his closest friends are still in Atlanta.”

Georgia Tech would open the scoring in the third inning. Tech sophomore Luke Waddell would lay down a bunt to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error by McKendry. Following the error, sophomore Michael Guldberg would drive in that run with an RBI single. Then, with Guldberg on first, first baseman Tristin English hit a two-run bomb to put GT up 3-0.

The resilient Hurricanes would respond though in the bottom of the fourth inning. Zamora led off the inning with a single. The, freshman Adrian Del Castillo extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single of his own. Alex Toral then came to the plate and ripped a two run single to get the Canes back within one. Toral however would run himself into an out at second base trying to stretch his hit to a double. Consequently, this blunder proved extremely costly as the next hitter, Raymond Gil hit his sixth home-run of the year to tie the game at three.

“We had a couple base running blunders that really hurt us,” DiMare said. “Alex had that clutch hit that knocked in two runs. He kept running and he shouldn’t have. The ball was cut and you could see it was cut. If he stays at first, the next guy hits a home run and it would’ve been a 4-3 game at the time.”

Tristin English would pull the Yellow Jackets back ahead in the top of the fifth with his second home run of the game. McKendry would leave the game one inning later having allowed four runs on nine hits and striking out five. McKendry put on a very strong performance which has become the norm for him. Despite this, McKendry was out dueled by Georgia Tech ace Xzavion Curry who finished the game allowing three runs and registering nine strikeouts.

Dylan Cloolan tied the game again in the seventh with an RBI double that drove home Luis Tuero. Cloolan, however would make a mistake on the bases. On a single by Jordan Lala, Cloolan failed to advance to third. The next batter would fly out on a ball that would have scored Cloolan from third had he been there.

Georgia Tech’s Kyle McMann would hit his ACC leading ninth home-run to give the Yellow Jackets a one run lead in the top of the tenth. In the bottom of the inning, the Hurricanes would not go quietly. Freddy Zamora hit a double with one out to put the tying run in scoring position. Tony Jenkins followed with a fly out to center before Alex Toral was intentionally walked. With runners on first and second and two-out, Raymond Gil drove a ball to deep right field but it fell just short and was caught by Colin Hall.

This was the first home loss for the Hurricanes and puts them at 0-1 in the ACC. However, there are two more games to be played against Georgia Tech and Miami will look to bounce back. Game two is scheduled for Saturday night at 7 p.m. Miami’s Chris McMahon (1-0, 1.53 ERA)  and Georgia Tech’s Brant Hunter (0-1, 0.69 ERA) will face off.

Go Canes!