Georgia Tech Snaps `Canes Winning Streak in Series-Opener
March 25, 2011
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 29th-ranked University of Miami baseball team had its chances, but was unable to overcome six errors, falling to No. 12 Georgia Tech, 8-3, on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
The loss ended the Hurricanes’ (14-9, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) nine-game winning streak, and handed them their first conference loss of the year. Coming into the game, the ‘Canes and Yellow Jackets were the only two remaining undefeated teams in ACC league play.
Miami scored early, keeping pace with the high-powered offense of Georgia Tech (19-4, 7-0 ACC), but were doomed by a season-high in errors.
The visitors from Atlanta struck first, notching a run in both the second and the third innings, respectively, to take a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, the ‘Canes came back with Chantz Mack scoring on a double by Nathan Melendres. The run broke a 36 2/3 inning scoreless streak for Georgia Tech starter Mark Pope – entering the game with a 0.23 ERA.
UMiami junior infielder Harold Martinez then extended his hit streak to nine games with a single to short that drove in Melendres, and tied the game a two-all.
Georgia Tech retook the lead with a run in the fourth, and added two more in the fifth for an insurmountable 5-2 advantage. Miami closed the gap in the bottom of the fifth as Dale Carey scored from third on a throwing error.
The Yellow Jackets then added three more runs in the top of the eighth, breaking a 22-inning scoreless streak for the UM bullpen, for the final margin.
Miami starter freshman Bryan Radziewski (3-2, 2.23 ERA) took the loss, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up two earned runs. Pope (4-0, 0.59 ERA) got the win for Georgia Tech, despite giving up a season-high two earned runs in seven innings tossed.
The second game of the series will be Saturday at 1 p.m., back at Alex Rodriguez Park. Miami will throw right-hander EJ Encinosa, while Georgia Tech will counter with southpaw Jed Bradley. The game will be televised on Fox Sports as the ACC “Game of the Week”.
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University of Miami Postgame Notes:
With the loss, the Hurricanes are now…
The Leader’s Luck
Let’s Go Streaking
Faces in the Crowd
Hall of Famer
Errant & Erratic