Baseball Knocked Out of Postseason by Cowboys

Baseball Knocked Out of Postseason by Cowboys



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Louisville, Ky. • Jim Patterson Stadium
Louisville Regional • Game Five

Attendance: 1,001



  Pitching Stats
  W M. Robinette (6-1)
  L A. Suarez (3-6)
  Batting Stats
  Green, Higgins, Romero
  Higgins, Walton
  Green 2, Higgins 2, McCurry, Romero

June 2, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Miami’s season came to an end Sunday when third-seeded Oklahoma State knocked the second-seeded Hurricanes out of the Louisville Regional with a 7-1 decision at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Miami, who opened its postseason run with a 7-0 win over the Cowboys on Friday, fell behind in the middle innings and was unable to muster enough offense late in the elimination game. Sophomore Andrew Suarez (3-6) surrendered just six hits on the afternoon, but Oklahoma State starter Mark Robinette successfully kept Miami off-balance and mostly off the basepaths.

“Obviously it’s not the way we wanted to play today,” said assistant coach Gino DiMare, who served as head coach for the game in place of a recovering Jim Morris. “I thought we would be ready to play. The wheels fell off there, we couldn’t get anything going offensively.”

The Hurricanes successfully opened the scoring for the fourth consecutive game this postseason, tagging Robinette for their only run in the first inning. With runners on the corners, a failed pick-off attempt from the righthander made its way past first base to plate junior Tyler Palmer, who doubled to open the game.

Alex Hernandez, who took second on the error, was tagged out on a grounder from David Thompson, and Brad Fieger was retired on a groundout to end any chance of early fireworks. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes (37-25), the offense was unable to generate any results after the first.

The Cowboys tied the game in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Randy McCurry. After Donnie Walton tripled down the rightfield line off Suarez, McCurry’s flyout to right was deep enough to plate the speedy freshman infielder.

Another triple, this one from Jarrett Higgins, keyed a two-run fifth inning for the Cowboys (41-18). Zach Fish opened the frame with a single, and scored on Higgins’ triple deep into the right-center gap. On the relay to third base, Hernandez’ throw sailed over the the glove of David Thompson and into Miami’s dugout, as Higgins completed his trip around the bases to make it 3-1.

“I felt great, I got ahead in the count, I made some good pitches. The [Cowboys] got some good hits with good timing, too,” Suarez said.

The Hurricanes threatened in the seventh when the first two batters of the inning reached base against Oklahoma State reliever Vince Wheeland, but an unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt from sophomore Garrett Kennedy and back-to-back outs from freshmen Roger Gonzalez and Brandon Lopez cut the rally short. Thompson’s single, which extended his streak to 28 consecutive games reaching base, was Miami’s first hit since the first inning.

Higgins and catcher Victor Romero added RBI doubles in the bottom of the seventh, chasing Suarez and extending the Cowboys’ lead to 5-1. Oklahoma State tacked on two late runs off freshman reliever Thomas Woodrey in the eighth to cap the game’s scoring.

“Overall, we just didn’t play well,” DiMare said. “That’s kind of been our mantra all year, we’ve been inconsistent. We didn’t play well today.”