Miami Sweeps UNC, Brings Home Titles in Track & Field
The 13th-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes baseball team (27-9, 14-4 ACC) secured its first-ever series sweep over the No. 21 UNC Tarheels since the ‘Canes joined the ACC in 2005 with a thrilling win on Sunday, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pick up a 8-7 win at home.
On Friday, the ‘Canes opened the series with a 7-5 win, scoring four runs in the first inning. UNC pitcher Matt Harvey (4-2) allowed seven runs – five earned – on eight hits in seven innings. The ‘Hurricanes’ three home runs off Harvey were the first three given up by the highly-touted righty on the season and the five earned runs were the most allowed by Harvey this season.
On Saturday, I had to check out the second game in the series for myself because I take great delight in watching UNC lose to UM at any sport. After picking up some necessities (an autographed Jimmy Graham plaque, Sebastian the Ibis earrings, ‘new Canes toothbrush, new ‘Canes jammies) at All Canes and a burger and Triple Screw at Titanic, I hit up Mark Light.
The drive from Palm Beach was worth it. Before the game, fans were treated to a reunion of the 1985 National Championship team. Then, the ‘Canes got down to business, crushing the Tarheels 11-1 with electrifying home runs from Ryan Perry and Harold Martinez, and eight of UM’s nine starters scoring at least one run, and Scott Lawson had a season-high tying three RBI. Zeke DeVoss had an impressive game going 3-for-4, scoring three runs, and stealing three bases leading the ‘Canes offensively.
Sunday’s game started an hour late due to weather and was shortened by the ACC’s curfew rule. Thus, down 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth, the ‘Canes knew they had one last opportunity to score and seized it.
Zeke DeVoss made it 7-6 with a solo home run to lead off the inning. Frankie Ratcliff and Scott Lawson got to first and second with back-to-back walks with still no outs on the board. Up next was Yasmani Grandal to load the bases. Then, Harold Martinez grounded into a double play, moving Lawson to third and scoring Ratcliff to tie it up at 7-7. Lawson scored easily after Michael Broad was up at the plate, securing the win for the day and the sweep in the series.
The Diamond ‘Canes will return to Alex Rodriguez Park on Tuesday for a mid-week game against Bethune-Cookman at 6 p.m.
In the ACC track and field championships this past Saturday, our Gridiron ‘Canes sounded the siren that speed has indeed returned to the ‘Canes roster.
Cory Nelms (who is known best for his BIG HIT against Oklahoma returner Mossis Madu) won his second career ACC Title after a 13.82 second performance in the 110m hurdles. He also became the first Hurricane to win a conference championship in the event. Cory’s performance on Saturday set a new personal-best and was the second-best showing in school history.
The Blur also made an impressive showing. Travis Benjamin earned his first All-ACC honor finishing third place in the 100m dash with a time of 10.40 seconds. DeMarcus Van Dyke and Lamar Miller (what separated shoulder?!) narrowly missed on advancing to the championship round with times of 10.61 and 10.75 seconds.