After picking up a win Friday night the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes dropped both games in Saturday’s doubleheader against Georgia Tech to lose their second straight series on the road as well as their fourth game in five games this week.
The series started out well for Miami Friday night as the Hurricanes won a thriller, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a wild 10-8 win over Georgia Tech.
With the game tied 7-7 in the eighth, outfielder Dale Carey smacked a solo home run to give the Hurricanes an 8-7 lead. Freshman reliever Bryan Garcia allowed the Yellow Jackets to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth but Tyler Palmer would pick his teammate up in the ninth.
After loading the bases, Palmer drove in two runs with a single to propel Miami to victory. Palmer set a new career-high with 4 RBI in the game.
Miami took control of the game early, scoring five runs in the second for a 5-0 lead against Georgia Tech starter Zac Ryan. That lead didn’t stay comfortable for long though as Georgia Tech scored three runs in fourth and two more in the fifth off of starter Chris Diaz to tie the game up.
The game went back and forth from there as Miami retook the lead in the sixth on a two-run homerun by Palmer for a 7-5 lead. Georgia Tech wouldn’t go away though as second baseman Mott Hyde tied the game in the seventh with a two-RBI double off of reliever Adam Sargent.
Palmer’s game-winner in the ninth came with two outs before he hit it the opposite way for the lead. Garcia picked up the win for the Hurricanes in the first of the three game set.
The weekend went downhill from there however as Miami dropped both games Saturday. In the first game Miami led 7-6 entering the bottom of the eighth inning before imploding, allowing Georgia Tech to strike for seven runs to take a late lead.
Matt Gonzalez, Keenan Innis, and Brandon Gold all had RBI doubles in the inning to lead the Yellow Jackets to a comeback, handing Javi Salas his third loss of the season in the process.
After nearly blowing a 5-0 lead Friday night, Miami blew a 6-0 advantage. The Hurricanes scored two in the first and four more in the third before the bats went cold. That allowed Georgia Tech to slowly chip away at the lead.
In the third Mott Hyde and A.J. Murray each drove in a run to cut Miami’s lead 6-2. Georgia Tech tacked on two more runs in the fourth thanks to an RBI single from Hyde and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Peurifoy. Daniel Spingola then tied the game in the sixth 6-6 with a two-RBI single.
Miami retook the lead in the seventh 7-6 on an RBI groundout by Edgar Michelangeli before Georgia Tech exploded for seven runs in the eighth for its first lead of the game as well as the series.
In game three of the series Miami lost another heartbreaker, this time in extra innings by a score of 3-2.
Lefthander Andrew Suarez pitched phenomenal, surrendering just two runs on four hits in nine innings of work but it just wasn’t enough.
With the game tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the tenth, freshman closer Bryan Garcia took over for Suarez and gave up an unearned run on a walk off RBI single by Connor Justus.
Game three was a back and forth battle just like the first two with Miami striking first on an RBI groundout by Brad Fieger in the first inning. Georgia Tech came right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Hyde scored on a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez.
Freshman Willie Abreu gave the Hurricanes the lead back with a sacrifice fly in the third for a 2-1 advantage and Carey extended his hitting streak to nine games, tying a career high. But the Yellow Jackets answered once again, this time in the eighth. Hyde hit a leadoff double and Gonzalez later drove him in on another sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2.
Miami also lost to Bethune-Cookman and Stetson this week by scores of 7-3 and has now lost four of its last five games. The Hurricanes will be back at home to face UCF Tuesday night at 6 PM.