Eye of the Hurricane

March 10, 2011

Baseball Woes Continue

Filed under: sports, college — eadeutsch @ 12:48 pm
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Needing an extra-innings miracle to beat Illinois State on Tuesday night, the Canes had no such luck in their comeback attempt against the Redbirds on Wednesday night, losing 9-2 to the underdog from Normal, Illinois.

The Canes only two runs came off of a double by Harold Martinez in the bottom of the 4th when the Canes had their only lead of the game, 2-1.

In the top of the 6th, with Javi Salas in to pitch for the starter Steven Ewing, the Canes found themselves in quick trouble, with Salas giving up a run before being replaced by Adam Sargent, who then gave up a walk to load the bases and a single to score two runs.  With the third run for Illinois State being the responsibility of Salas, he was given the loss and is now 0-2 on the season.

The top of the seventh saw 4 runs scored on 4 hits (assisted as well by two Hurricanes fielding errors).  At this point, it was 8-2 Redbirds, and the game was well over.

Miami had 4 errors on the night, and looked sloppy for much of the night.  The Hurricanes used five pitchers throughout the evening, none looking better than Steven Ewing who started, and Zach Robinson, who came into relieve in the ninth and stopped the bleeding after Michael Rudman had loaded the bases without recording an out. Chantz Mack and Zeke Devoss each went 2-3, but consecutive hits were hard to find for the Canes, and the final score reflects this.

The 5-6-7 hitters for the Redbirds went 7-12 and scored five of Illinois State’s runs.

If it wasn’t time to worry after being swept by Florida over last weekend, this showing was a wake-up call.  Pressure will be on Coach Morris to turn around his young club before immersing the team in conference play.

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