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Miami Hurricanes blanked 5-0 by Florida Gators in series opener

Video: Miami Coach Jim Morris After 5-0 Loss To Florida Gators

Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Morris knows his players need to start connecting with ground balls and line drives if they are ever going to beat the top-ranked Florida Gators.
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Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Morris knows his players need to start connecting with ground balls and line drives if they are ever going to beat the top-ranked Florida Gators.

The Florida Gators continue to make life miserable for the Miami Hurricanes.

Although the pain Friday night didn’t approach the pain last June, when Florida eliminated the Hurricanes from the College World Series, top-ranked UF dominated again in a 5-0 shutout at Mark Light Field.

Right-handed junior Logan Shore, who beat Miami in the CWS opener last year in Omaha, Nebraska, held UM to four hits and five base-runners, frustrating the sixth-ranked Hurricanes again with a powerful, complete-game performance in front of 4,147 fans.

“Any time you come into somebody else’s ballpark, especially after we ended their season last year, I knew it was going to be a tough one,’’ Shore said. “Just wanted to get the weekend started off right for our team and fell into a groove after the first.”

Shore, one of four Gators who played last summer for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, pitched his first career shutout and third complete game. He hit the first UM batter, but didn’t give up a walk. He tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

“That’s about as good as he has pitched since he’s been here — went both sides of the plate with his fastball, threw some really quality changeups, threw some really good sliders,” UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan said.

UM coach Jim Morris concurred, saying Shore stayed ahead of Miami hitters all night.

“We had a couple chances — not many,” Morris said. “We didn’t do a very good job swinging the bat. We gotta hit line drives, we gotta get on base. … We didn’t put any pressure on Florida because we hit too many fly balls. We made [11] outs by fly ball. Only five ground balls were hit.”

UM senior Thomas Woodrey took the loss in allowing a career-high-tying five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He had no strikeouts.

“I don’t think I had my best stuff by any means,’’ Woodrey said. “Overall they battled me tough. They’re ranked No. 1 in the country and tonight they played like it.”

Leadoff hitter Carl Chester led Miami with three of its four hits, including a double. Chester was also the batter hit in the first inning.

Florida (6-0) got off to a quick 2-0 start with a single by Buddy Reed and two-run blast over the left field fence by Peter Alonso.

The Gators followed with two runs in the fourth on a two-RBI single by Deacon Liput that scored Alonso (single) and JJ Schwarz (walk). They added one in the sixth on a home run by Schwarz.

UM (4-1) didn’t get a hit until Chester’s double to open the bottom of the fourth ensured that the Hurricanes would register at least one hit for the 3,179th consecutive game. But that was about all it did.

Despite Chris Barr following with a single that advanced Chester to third, Zack Collins popped up to short-center and Barr was subsequently picked off by Shore. With two outs, Jacob Heyward’s booming fly to right field was caught against the fence by Jeremy Vasquez to get the Gators out of the fourth unscathed.

Saturday’s 7 p.m. game is sold out, but can be viewed in English and Spanish on ESPN3. It is also available on radio at 560 WQAM and WVUM 90.5 FM student radio.

On the mound Saturday for the Gators will be 6-7, 230-pound junior left-hander A.J. Puk (0-0, 0.00), who has a 97-mile-an-hour fastball and is projected as a possible No. 1 overall Major League Baseball Draft pick in June.

On the mound for the Hurricanes: 6-5, 225-pound left-handed sophomore Michael Mediavilla (1-0, 0.00), a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as a reliever in 2015.

Susan Miller Degnan: 305-376-3366, @smillerdegnan

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