College Baseball Roundup

UM baseball nips UF, moves to 10-0; FIU loses

 

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Chantz Mack had been waiting for this day for four long years. David Thompson probably didn’t fully grasp the significance.

Mack scored on Thompson’s ninth-inning single to give No. 20 Miami (10-0) a 3-2 win over Florida (3-7), snapping an 11-game win streak the Gators held over the Hurricanes dating to 2010. Mack had beaten Florida only once in his four-year career in Miami and was a part of teams that had their seasons ended in Gainesville in three consecutive seasons from 2009-11.

“We’ve been reading about it, talking about it,” Miami coach Jim Morris said. “It’s been tough. There’s no question. Everybody talks about it. It’s a load off our back right there. Now we need to go win the series.”

In his longest career outing, sophomore pitcher Chris Diaz worked out of several jams including a bases-loaded situation in the first inning. He threw seven scoreless innings, giving up eight hits and striking out one with two walks.

“Chris pitched outstanding,” Morris said. “It was a crazy game there in the eighth inning.”

It appeared Miami would cruise on the strength of senior catcher Alex San Juan’s first career home run in the fourth. But Florida plated two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth when third baseman Zack Powers scored on a single from former Miami first baseman Vickash Ramjit and later scored on the third fielding error from freshman shortstop Brandon Lopez.

But the Hurricanes charged back in the top of the ninth to score the winning run on a single up the middle by Thompson. Gators pitcher Jay Carmichael had retired eight in a row with five strikeouts until Miami rallied with two outs on a single and stolen base from right fielder Chantz Mack.

•  Mississippi 11, FIU 9: A ninth-inning rally by the Panthers came up short as FIU fell to the Rebels at the FIU Baseball Stadium.

Freshman Edwin Rios continued to swing a hot bat for the Panthers (7-3), going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI. Junior Josh Anderson (1 for 5), senior Nathan Burns (2 for 4) and sophomore Aramis Garcia (3 for 5) also homered.

Junior Mike Ellis (1-1) suffered the loss for the Panthers, while Bobby Wahl (3-0) picked up the win for Ole Miss (9-1).

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