Sports

Slip-Up

The eighth-ranked Hurricanes received a tough blow this weekend when they faced off with another top 10 team in Georgia Tech. Miami dropped two out of three to the third-ranked Yellow Jackets in what many called its most important regular season series in quite some time.

On Friday night, Georgia Tech arrived at Mark Light Field winners of its last 25 ACC games and at the end of the night, Miami put that streak to rest as UM blew out the Jackets 20-1. In the strangest of first innings, Miami had seven runs on the board before getting their first hit. The Yellow Jackets needed three pitchers to get out of the first inning as Miami led 9-0 after the frame and never looked back.

Pitcher Cesar Carrillo shut down a Georgia Tech lineup that combined was hitting .357 and had scored in double figures in 14 of its first 23 games. Carrillo went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and has his ERA sitting at 1.12. With his performance, Carrillo was named ACC pitcher of the week for the second time this season. The Hurricanes are now 27-0 when Carrillo has appeared in a game.

Saturday afternoon saw Miami fall behind early after starter Ricky Orta gave up four runs in the first inning. The ‘Canes came back and tied the score at five in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Jackets broke it wide open thanks to a grand slam in the eighth inning and went on to win 17-7. Miami’s six pitchers yielded 22 hits on the day.

The rubber game of the series was much more of what fans expected. It featured five lead changes and 29 combined hits, yet the Hurricanes couldn’t hold on to a late lead and fell 11-10.

In a game with an inside the park homerun by Roger Tomas and a steal of home by Danny Figueroa, Georgia Tech benefited from a stiff wind blowing out of the ballpark. With the Hurricanes leading 9-6 in the eighth, the Yellow Jackets scored five runs, four earned, off of Miami closer Danny Gil to take an 11-9 lead. The ‘Canes stranded the tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth.

Head Coach Jim Morris feels Sunday’s game was a tough pill to swallow.

“It’s a tough game to lose because it was a huge game for us. You’re up by three runs with two innings left and two runs with one inning left, you got to win those games,” Morris said.

The Hurricanes were without their best hitter average-wise: Jon Jay was held out of Sunday’s ballgame with a banged up hand.

Miami will now face Oral Roberts for its only four game series of the season starting Thursday night. The series will give the Hurricanes a break from the ACC schedule with an 8-4 record in conference play thus far. They find themselves three games behind the Yellow Jackets, who sit atop the standings.

Douglas C. Kroll can be contacted at d.kroll@umiami.edu.

April 1, 2005

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

June is a huge recruiting month for the Miami Hurricanes. It concludes with Paradise Camp on June 22 ...

The University of Miami showed women’s basketball coach Katie Meier how much it appreciates her on F ...

Frank Garis first watched Jalen Rivers from the opposite sideline, and the offensive lineman was imp ...

George Stewart had a big problem, and little time to solve it. It was Week 6 of the 2018 season, and ...

One of the interesting subplots of this Hurricanes season will be watching the evolution of a bunch ...

The Emmy Award-winning journalist, who grew up in Miami and started her career in Spanish language t ...

Nursing researchers and music therapists test a simple and cost-effective way of motivating critical ...

The University of Miami Libraries offer readers multiple ways to access the books, which are popular ...

Rosenstiel School researcher Martin Grosell weighs in on how marine life in the Gulf could be affect ...

Varona, an attorney and educator who specializes in administrative law, communications and media law ...

University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced Friday a contract extension for head ...

Adrian Del Castillo garnered his second Freshman All-America honor of the year, appearing on the Per ...

Two-time Miami women's basketball team co-captain Laura Cornelius is set to start her professio ...

Courtney spent nine years previously on Jim Larranaga's staff from 1996-2005. ...

The University of Miami track and field program received 17 All-America honors at the conclusion of ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.