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UM baseball falls to BC, can’t complete sweep

Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Morris looks from the dugout during the second inning of a NCAA baseball game against the FIU Panthers at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Coral Gables.
Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Morris looks from the dugout during the second inning of a NCAA baseball game against the FIU Panthers at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Coral Gables. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

The University of Miami baseball team fell behind early and could not recover on Sunday afternoon, falling 9-2 in the series finale to host Boston College.

After getting a season-high 18 hits in a Game 2 victory on Saturday, Miami could not generate enough offense in support of freshman right-hander Greg Veliz at Shea Field. Making his first official Atlantic Coast Conference start, Veliz (3-3) tossed six strong innings, allowing four runs with three strikeouts in 107 pitches.

Veliz went at least five innings for the seventh start in a row and surrendered just four hits.

Boston College right-hander Brian Rapp was up to the task. Rapp (2-2) tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks to salvage the series finale for the Eagles after the Hurricanes won on Friday and Saturday.

The Hurricanes were outhit 9-5 on the day, and Boston College scored five runs over the final two innings to extend a late lead.

A three-run homer by Boston College’s Gian Martellini off Veliz in the first put the hosts ahead early for the second day in a row.

UM (22-22, 12-11 ACC) did not record its first hit until the fourth, when junior Michael Burns opened the inning with a double to left-center. The Hurricanes capitalized on the scoring chance, as junior Hunter Tackett connected on an RBI groundout two batters later to trim the deficit to 3-1.

But the Eagles (17-24, 7-17 ACC) regained a three-run advantage in the home half of the fourth on an RBI single by Jacob Yish.

▪ FAU 10, FIU 1: Florida Atlantic got a pair of home runs midway through the series finale to help propel the host Owls over FIU.

Jared Shouppe belted a three-run home run off Alex Demchak in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Eric Rivera hit a two-run shot in the fifth for the Owls.

The Owls (29-13-1, 15-6 Conference USA) swept the three-game series from the Panthers (26-20, 10-11).

Demchak (3-1) went five innings, allowing four hits and five earned runs, walked two and struck out none.

FIU scored its lone run in the fourth. Kenny Meimerstorf, who singled earlier in the inning, came home after Nick Day was hit by a pitch by FAU starter Jake Miednik (5-4) with the bases loaded.

▪ NSU sweeps doubleheader: Nova Southeastern leaned on starter Derik Beauprez en route to a 7-2 victory in Game 1 on Saturday before Dylan Woods keyed an 18-hit attack in a 13-8 victory in the nightcap, as the host Sharks (31-15, 14-7 Sunshine State Conference) completed a sweep of Florida Southern to extend their winning streak to six.

SOFTBALL

▪ FIU 4, Western Kentucky 2: FIU reached the 40-win plateau for the second time in program history on Sunday, as the Panthers completed a sweep of visiting Western Kentucky with the victory in the series finale. The Panthers improved to 40-12 overall and 14-6 in Conference USA. WKU fell to 26-26 overall and 10-13 in the league.

FIU freshman Shannon Saile struck out nine in a complete-game effort, improving to 15-8 on the season.

SOCCER

▪ Miami FC 2, Edmonton 0: Miami FC blanked FC Edmonton late Saturday in the finale of a three-game homestand.

The Orange and Blue controlled the match from the first whistle, getting goals from Kwadwo Poku in the 35th minute and Stéfano Pinho in the 64th.

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