Hurricanes Drop Series Opener to Virginia

April 28, 2012

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 R H E W: B. Kline (6-3)
Cavaliers 0 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 7 10 0 L: E. Erickson (6-5)
Hurricanes 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 4  

2B: D. Carey (9) | Harrington
3B: Werman
M. Broad (24), D. Carey (16) | Taylor, Harrington, Fisher, Towns, Werman

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The No. 25 Virginia Cavaliers used a five-run sixth inning to power their way past the No. 18 Miami Hurricanes 7-3 in Saturday’s series opener at Alex Rodriguez Park.

The Hurricanes (27-15, 12-10 ACC), who committed three costly errors in the frame, took their first lead of the game in the previous half-inning on a sacrifice fly from Michael Broad. But the Cavaliers responded with a big sixth inning where they sent 11 batters to the plate, and the team’s defense failed to provide starter Eric Erickson (6-5) with support in the field.

After a 42-minute rain delay before the start of the third inning, the Cavaliers (29-14-1, 12-10 ACC) jumped over Erickson for the game’s first run once play resumed. After allowing two early baserunners in the frame on a single and walk, the veteran southpaw nearly got out of the inning unharmed after getting back-to-back outs. But Derek Fisher’s two-out RBI single, which ricocheted off Erickson towards first base for an infield hit, would give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead.

The Hurricanes, down 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, scored two runs of their own in the next half-inning to tie the game. Dale Carey’s RBI down the left field line, which plated sophomore Brad Fieger, cut the early deficit to 2-1. The Marietta, Ga. native scored on Branden Kline’s wild pitch two batters later, knotting the game up at 2-2.

Miami took its first lead of the day in the next inning, as Broad’s sacrifice fly off Kline (6-3) plated Chantz Mack to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 advantage. The Cavaliers responded with five runs in the next inning, however, all of which were unearned. Shortstop Stephen Perez, outfielder Rony Rodriguez and Erickson each committed errors in the decisive inning.

Kyle Crockett pitched well in relief of Kline, who was pulled after five innings. The sophomore lefthander allowed only one hit in 3.1 innings of work, striking out four batters along the way. Reliever Justin Thompson recorded the final two outs of the inning on back-to-back strikeouts, sending the Cavaliers to their third straight conference victory.

The Hurricanes return to action on Sunday night, with the game scheduled for televised broadcast on Comcast/CSS beginning at 7 p.m.


A Junior Thief…
Stephen Perez recorded three stolen bases in the game, including back-to-back steals in the first inning. It was the first three-steal game for a Hurricane since Zeke DeVoss on May 26, 2011 against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.

Stretch It Out…
Dale Carey extended his hit streak to four games with an RBI double in the fourth inning. Carey’s recent nine-game hitting streak, which ended on April 7, is the second longest of any player on the team this season.

Geting Started…
Alex San Juan started his second-straight game at designated hitter after seeing action as a pitcher earlier this season. The Miami native recorded another hit on Saturday, stretching his hitting streak to two games with a fourth-inning single.