Baseball Suffers Heartbreaker at No. 13 Miami
March 7, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami (Fla.) rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth, preventing Miami (Ohio)'s upset bid over the No. 13 Hurricanes, 4-3. Bryan Beaver drove in two runs with single, while Kevin Bower had two hits and scored twice.
The decision spoiled a stellar effort by Charles Zubrod, who was making his first career start. In just his fifth appearance overall, the sophomore limited the hosts to four hits and an unearned run in 5.1 innings pitched. He walked one while fanning five.
The RedHawks (4-7) plated two in the second inning after leadoff singles by Kevin Bower and Jacob Wolf. After a successful sacrifice bunt, Bryan Beaver laced a single down the third-base line to put the visitors on the board.
Miami (Ohio) added a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly. Bower led off with a double to the gap in left center. After a hit batter and sacrifice, Beaver walked to load the bases. John Crummy flied out to center to make the score 3-0.
The Hurricanes capitalized on an error to score an unearned run in the fourth. A leadoff single turned into a runner in scoring position after Bryce Redeker's throw to second was wild. A flyball to right moved the runner to third and he scored on a topper to first.
UM added another unearned run in the eighth despite having the first two batters retired. Back-to-back singles kept the inning alive before Rosinski buckled down and recorded a strikeout. But the ball kicked away from Nate Bowles and the throw to first sailed into right field, closing the gap to 3-2.
In the ninth, the Hurricanes started things with a pop-up double to left that shortstop Scott Slappey just missed. A single to right center forced Dan Simonds to bullpen again with Nathan Williams getting the call. After a wild pitch and a walk that loaded the bases, Wiliams settled down. He got a short flyout to left and another to right, but a collision at the plate on a perfect Ryan Curl throw tied the game at 3-3. The next batter grounded to short but Slappey misplayed the hop and the winning run scored.
Rosinski (0-1) took the loss despite allowed only one earned run in 2.2 innings. E.J. Encinosa, the third Hurricane pitcher, earned the win to improve to 1-1.
Miami has a quick turnaround, continuing its spring break trip with a 5:30 p.m. contest against Sacred Heart in Port Charlotte.