Baseball Eliminated from Postseason with Loss
Coral Gables, Fla. • Alex Rodriguez Park
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami’s season came to an end Monday night, as second-seeded Texas Tech captured a 4-0 victory over the Hurricanes in the Coral Gables Regional Championship Game at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Facing elimination earlier in the day, Miami forced a seventh game by capturing a thrilling 2-1 extra-innings win in a contest that was suspended Sunday night due to inclement weather. But the Hurricanes could not continue their season any further, falling after the Red Raiders plated two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Miami ended the regular season with a 44-19 record, while Texas Tech advances to Super Regionals with a 43-18 mark.
Freshman Derik Beauprez, called upon to make just the fourth start of his career in an NCAA postseason elimination game, delivered four efficient innings on the mound. The Cherry Hills Creek, Colo., native allowed just one hit with two walks, and struck out two batters on the afternoon.
Texas Tech lefthander Cameron Smith kept Miami off-balance for most of the afternoon, allowing just one hit through his first six innings. He would eventually go on to pitch his career-first complete game, allowing just three hits and five walks on the day. He threw 114 pitches.
Texas Tech opened the scoring in the seventh inning, plating a run on an error charged to Miami’s Garrett Kennedy . The catcher picked up a sacrifice bunt attempt but threw the ball over the head of David Thompson at first, plating the runner from second for a 1-0 lead. Sophomore reliever Thomas Woodrey entered and allowed a sacrifice fly from Alec Humphreys, but struck out Bryant Burleson to keep the deficit at just 2-0.
The Red Raiders plated two runs in the eighth on an RBI single from Zach Davis.
Four Hurricanes earned Coral Gables All-Regional designation: catcher Garrett Kennedy, outfielder Tyler Palmer, designated hitter Zack Collins and pitcher Bryan Radziewski.