Miami Drops Series Finale to Boston College
|Next Game: Friday | 7:00 p.m. | Bethune-Cookman | Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field | Tickets|
|Michael Burns||Gian Martellini|
|1-3, 2B, R, BB||2-3, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB|
|W – B. Rapp (2-2)||7.0||4||2||2||3||2|
|L – G. Veliz (3-3)||6.0||4||4||4||3||3|
|1 Davison LF||3||0||0||0||1||1|
|2 Burns RF||3||1||1||0||1||0|
|3 Gonzalez 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1|
|4 Tackett DH||3||1||0||0||0||1|
|5 Chester CF||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|6 Baldor 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0|
|7 Michelangeli 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1|
|8 Gomez C||2||0||0||0||1||0|
|9 Batista SS||4||0||1||0||0||1|
|1 Palomaki 2B||3||2||1||2||1||0|
|2 Casey RF
— Hardaway PR/RF
|3 Strem CF||3||1||1||1||2||1|
|4 Martellini 1B||3||2||2||4||1||0|
|5 Bigras 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0|
6 Alu LF
|7 Yish DH||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|8 Adams SS||3||2||1||0||0||0|
|9 Dempsey 3B||4||1||0||0||0||2|
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Miami fell behind early and could not recover Sunday afternoon, falling in the series finale to host Boston College by a final score of 9-2.
After connecting for a season-high 18 hits in a Game 2 victory, Miami could not generate enough offense in support of freshman righthander Greg Veliz at Shea Field.
Making his first official ACC start, Veliz (3-3) tossed six strong innings, allowing four runs with three strikeouts across 107 pitches.
Veliz, who started the rain-cancelled finale last weekend against Florida State, went at least five innings for the seventh straight start and surrendered just four hits.
Boston College righthander Brian Rapp was up to the task. Rapp (2-2) tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks to salvage the series for the Eagles.
The Hurricanes were out-hit 9-5 on the day, while Boston College scored five runs over their final two offensive innings to extend a late lead.
A three-run homer by Boston College’s Gian Martellini off Veliz (3-3) in the first put the hosts ahead early for the second straight day.
Miami (22-22, 12-11 ACC) did not record its first hit until the fourth, when junior Michael Burns opened the inning with a double to left-center.
The Hurricanes capitalized on the scoring chance, as junior Hunter Tackett connected on an RBI groundout two batters later to trim the deficit to 3-1.
But the Eagles (17-24, 7-17 ACC) regained a three-run advantage in the home half of the fourth on an RBI single by Jacob Yish off Veliz.
A double from junior Carl Chester scored Tackett in the sixth, cutting the Boston College lead to 4-2.
Tackett finished his big weekend with six hits, five runs scored and six RBI.
Boston College put the game away with three runs in the seventh charged to junior righthander Jesse Lepore, who entered in relief to start the inning. The hosts tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth off redshirt sophomore Keven Pimentel.
Miami threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs on a single, walk and hit batter, but Eagles reliever John Witkowski struck out senior Randy Batista to end the game.
The Hurricanes next host Bethune-Cookman at Mark Light Field in a weekend series beginning May 5. First pitch for the series opener, slated for broadcast on ACC Network Extra and 560 WQAM, is set for 7 p.m.