The bubble finally burst on Sunday, with Miami’s recent run coming to an end. The Hurricanes had shown some life since the final game of the ACC Tournament – a 7-0 win over Clemsom, followed by an opening round win over Oklahoma State by the same score at the Louisville Regional.
From there, seven solid innings against top-seeded Louisville on Saturday, before falling, 6-4 after an eight inning rally. On Sunday, a rematched against Oklahoma State ended, 7-1, putting the final stake in a troubled Hurricanes’ season.
Miami picked up one in the first after Tyler Palmer scored on a failed pick-off attempt to first. Palmer opened with a double and proved to the be the Canes’ only run of the game.
UM held the 1-0 lead until OSU got one back on the bottom of the fourth and from there, it was over. Two more in the fifth, seventh and eighth made for a 7-1 loss.
Andrew Suarez took the loss for Miami, lasting almost seven fulling innings, giving up six hits, five runs and striking out four. Thomas Woodrey came into relieve, but gave up five hits and two runs, striking out three in an inning of play. AJ Salcines closed out the ninth.
The Cowboys rattled Suarez and Woodrey for eleven hits in the loss, while the Canes’ offense could only must up four of their own. Aside from Palmer’s double, Alex Hernandez, Chantz Mack and David Thompson were the only other UM hitters who put bat to ball in the season-ending loss.
Miami wrapped the season 37-25 overall – going 27-10 at home, 8-12 away, 2-3 at neutral sites and 14-16 in ACC regular season play.
More this week regarding the future of head coach Jim Morris and the recent team effort under long-time assistant Gino DiMare now that the dream of a Super Regional is off the table.