University of Miami

UM baseball team comes back to earth in series finale

After back-to-back walk-off victories against Wright State, the 11th-ranked Miami Hurricanes dropped back to earth with a resounding thud Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Field.

The Raiders, coached by former UM catcher Greg Lovelady, pounded out 16 hits, a dozen of them after only four innings, to dominate the Hurricanes 12-6.

“When we score six runs we ought to win,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “We can’t give up 12 runs. We should have hit the ball harder because their starting pitcher was out sick all night, and they had to take him out very quickly.’’

Wright State starting pitcher Trevor Swaney lasted only two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on two hits and four walks. Morris said he was told Swaney was “throwing up all night and before the game. … He didn’t look like he felt very good.’’

Jeremy Randolph, the second of six pitchers for the Raiders (5-4) and 13 total in the game, got the win after 1 1/3 innings.

Right-handed UM starter Derik Beauprez (1-1, 9.64 ERA), a 6-5, 233-pound sophomore, lasted only 1 1/3 innings in allowing six earned runs on three hits and three walks.

The Hurricanes (8-4) had five runs on seven hits in the first seven innings, but after a three-run first that ended with a bases-loaded fly out by Brandon Lopez, the runs came sparingly.

Miami scored one run apiece in the second, fourth and eighth innings, but stranded runners in the second and eighth.

In the second, Zack Collins was on third when Willie Abreu, who had a career-high four hits in five at-bats, attempted to advance to second on an errant throw by the shortstop. The ball ricocheted off the netting in front of UM’s dugout into the glove of Wright State first baseman Gabe Snyder, who threw out Abreu at second.

“That was a mental mistake on my part,” said Abreu, who noted he ran on his own and not at the direction of first-base coach Michael DeLucia. “I was just being over aggressive.”

In the eighth, with Sebastian Diaz on first and Garrett on second, Carl Chester struck out against Jack Van Horn.

UM’s lone bright spot, besides Abreu’s hitting performance, was walk-on pitcher Daniel Briggi.

Briggi, a senior who tried out but was cut from UM as a sophomore and junior, made his second career appearance without giving up a hit or run. This time he lasted a career-high three innings, walking one and striking out four.

“It’s the second time I’ve played,” Briggi said. “At some point we’re going to get career highs.”

The Hurricanes will play the Marlins in an exhibition game at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

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