Miami Rallies to Win Series Opener at Georgia Tech

Miami Rallies to Win Series Opener at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — The Miami Hurricanes found a way to keep their streak alive.

The Hurricanes used the long ball to overcome a pair of deficits and take the series opener against Georgia Tech, 6-4, Friday evening at Russ Chandler Stadium.

“Obviously, we had some big hits late,” head coach J.D. Arteaga said. “Gage did a great job of keeping us in it. It’s three in a row tonight, but tomorrow we’re 0-0. We have to win the day tomorrow. All that matters now is tomorrow’s game.”

With the Yellow Jackets (25-15, 9-10 ACC) ahead by a tally in the eighth, Miami freshman Daniel Cuvet delivered a go-ahead two-run blast to put the Hurricanes (19-22, 8-14 ACC) in front, 5-4.

The slim margin was all right-hander Brian Walters would need.

Walters retired the final six batters to notch his first career save and lock down Miami’s third straight victory.

“His stuff was electric,” Arteaga said. “It was really jumping out of his hand. He seems to be getting a little bit better every time out. It’s good to have him back.”

Starting pitcher Gage Ziehl (3-3) yielded just one earned run across seven innings.

The junior righty faced the minimum through three innings and set down nine of the final 11 batters he faced.

“That’s why he’s our Friday night guy,” Arteaga said. “He’s tough mentally and pitches through those type of situations.”

Georgia Tech reliever Ben King (2-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering the decisive two-run shot to Cuvet.

In the win, the Hurricanes hammered three home runs.

On the third pitch of the game, left fielder Edgardo Villegas smashed a solo shot over to put the visitors on the board.

After the Yellow Jackets pushed across three unearned tallies in the fourth, Miami designated hitter Lorenzo Carrier answered back one inning later.

Carrier clubbed a two-run jack over the left-center field fence to even the score, 3-3.

Georgia Tech regained the lead in the seventh before Cuvet’s late heroics.

Miami will look to clinch the series Saturday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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