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No. 4 Baseball Drops Game Two of Doubleheader

No. 4 Baseball Drops Game Two of Doubleheader

32-22 15-14 ACC

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 14 1
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 4

Coral Gables, Fla. • Alex Rodriguez Park
Attendance: 3,214

39-15 23-6 ACC

  Pitching Stats
  W B. Moss (4-2)
  L A. Suarez (5-3)
  Batting Stats
  Rivera, L. (1)
  Russell, M., Lassiter, L., Myers, W., Raburn, A., Chacon, A.
  Collins, Z. (46), Rivera, L. (3)
  Jordan, P., Lassiter, L., 2, Myers, W. 3, Raburn, A., 2, Ramirez, T. 1

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — No. 4 Miami fell behind in the early innings and couldn’t recover Saturday night, dropping game two of its doubleheader by a final score of 11-2.

The Tar Heels (32-22, 15-14 ACC) tagged Miami lefthander Andrew Suarez for a career high-tying seven runs, chasing the southpaw after just 2.0 innings of work. North Carolina led 4-1 after the first inning, and tacked on three runs in both the second and third innings to jump out to a commanding early advantage.

Trailing 4-0, Miami struck for a run in the bottom of the first off UNC starter Benton Moss (4-2) on an RBI groundout from freshman sluger Zack Collins. Senior Dale Carey extended his hitting streak to seven games with a leadoff double, and took third on the wild pitch to set up the scoring chance.

Collins came through for Miami, driving a pitch towards Tar Heels third baseman Landon Lassiter and plating Carey to cut the early deficit to 4-1. The RBI was the team-high 46th of the season for Collins.

But RBI singles from Lassiter and Wood Myers bumped Carolina’s lead to 6-1 in the second, and a sacrifice fly from Alex Raburn put the visitors ahead 7-1 and signaled the end of Suarez’ night.

The Tar Heels (32-22, 15-14 ACC) struck for three runs off freshman reliever Danny Garcia in the third to jump out to a 10-1 lead.

Sophomore Enrique Sosa (1.2 innings, two strikeouts) and freshman Derik Beauprez (3.1 innings, career-high six strikeouts) pitched well in relief, but Miami’s offense could not muster a comeback after a thrilling come-from-behind win in game one. The Hurricanes were stymied by a standout performance from Moss, who struck out nine batters over 7.0 innings

Miami tagged UNC reliever A.J. Bogucki for a run in the eighth, as the career-first RBI double from Laz Rivera scored Brad Zunica all the way from first to make it 11-2.

Johnny Ruiz finished the night 2-for-4, but Miami was out-hit by Carolina 14-6 on the night.

The Hurricanes will wrap up their regular season schedule Saturday with game three against the visiting Tar Heels. First pitch for the finale – set for broadcast on ESPNU – is set for noon.