UF baseball edged by unbeaten Miami
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.
Miami's baseball team did something it hasn't done in awhile. For Florida, it was more of the same in a rough start to the season.
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The visiting Hurricanes broke an 11-game losing streak against Florida with a 3-2 win Friday night. And once again, it was Florida's inability to get the clutch hit that helped do in the Gators, who have lost six in a row.
“We're not coming up with the big hit,” said Florida outfielder Justin Shafer, who had three hits for Florida in the game. “We can do it. It's just not happening for us right now.”
Florida falls to 3-7 on the season while Miami is unbeaten in 10 games. The two teams play again tonight at 7:30.
The loss was the fifth of the season for UF in one-run games while Miami improved to 5-0 in one-run games.
Even with a huge break in the eighth inning, the Gators couldn't take advantage. David Thompson's RBI single in the top of the ninth was the game-winner for Miami. And it came after Florida had been handed the tying run in the bottom of the eighth.
Alex San Juan hit the first homer of his career, a two-run shot on a hanging curveball, to give Miami the lead in the fourth inning. And it looked like it would be enough as Florida continued to struggle to get clutch hits.
But in the eighth, Florida finally scored when Vickash Ramjit singled home Zack Powers. Pinch-hitter Christian Dicks hit a pop-up for what appeared to be the final out of the inning, but it was dropped by shortstop Brandon Lopez, his third error of the chilly night. Ramjit scored to tie the game at two.
“I thought for sure when that happened we were going to win,” Shafer said.
In the ninth, reliever Jay Carmichael was cruising. He had retired eight straight Miami batters and struck out five of them. But with two out, Chantz Mack singled and stole second despite Florida calling for a pitch-out.
“You have to throw him out on a pitch-out,” said Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan.
Thompson's single up the middle easily scored Mack.
Florida starter Jonathon Crawford battled his way out of trouble in four of the six innings he pitched. Crawford threw a career-high 103 pitches in the game.
Miami had two on in the first, loaded the bases in the second, had two on in the fifth and a runner on in the sixth. But Crawford, who only had two strikeouts, was able to work out of those jams.
The fourth was another story. One batter after Brad Fieger's leadoff double, San Juan homered to left field. Two more Hurricanes reached before Crawford escaped the inning.
Florida had 12 base runners in seven innings against Miami starter Chris Diaz (2-0). The Gators had eight hits, two walks and had two runners reach on errors against the lefty. But they had nothing to show for it.
Diaz, who threw 101 pitches in seven innings, didn't have a 1-2-3 inning in the game.
In the first inning, Florida loaded the bases but Ramjit flew out to end the inning.
“We have the bases loaded and a 2-0 count and we take (a pitch),” O'Sullivan said. “We've been dying for a big hit. I'm cutting it loose there.”
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