After scoring 30 runs in the two previous games the Miami baseball team could not come up with big hits when they needed them on Sunday night in a 5-2 loss at Mississippi State.
Double plays in the sixth and eighth innings killed potential rallies and the Miami baseball team’s bounce-back season ended in a 5-2 loss to Mississipi State in Starkville. The Bulldogs are the number six national seed and will host the Super Regional next weekend. Miami’s season ends at 41-20.
Gino DiMare’s first season as the Hurricanes head coach will be one to remember. Miami more than tripled their home runs total as a team from 2018 to 2019. The improved offense was the highlight of the 2019 season. The Hurricanes were also backed by good pitching throughout 2019.
Freddy Zamora grounded out to shortstop with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth. The play resulted in a double play with a run scoring. Miami could not get the runner from third home and trailed 3-2.
Two innings later the Hurricanes had a chance to get back into the game after Miss State plated two in the top of the eighth. With one out and the bases loaded Miami freshman star Adrian Del Castillo grounded into another double play to end the inning.
Final from Dudy Noble Field.
Miami finishes 41-20 on the year. pic.twitter.com/svFcQEzjdT
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Raymond Gil reached first on an error in the ninth inning but a rally did not happen. Cather Michael Amditis flew out to Mississippi State centerfield Jake Mangum to end the game and the season. The Hurricanes got on the board first against Mississippi State. Gil hit a solo home run in the second for a 1-0 lead.
The Hurricanes had survived earlier on Sunday with an impressive 18-3 victory over Central Michigan in an elimination game. Miami hit six home runs off Chippewa pitching in a dominant performance. The victory avenged the Hurricanes’ loss to the Chippewas Friday night. The Hurricanes scored runs in the last seven innings.
Fourteen of those Miami runs came between the third and sixth innings. The Hurricanes scored three each in the third, fifth and sixth. They erupted for five in the fourth inning. Miami concluded the scoring with single runs in the seventh and ninth and two in the eighth.
By any measure, DiMare’s first season as head coach after more than 20 years as an assistant is a success. The Hurricanes have room for improvement in 2020. With almost the entire roster set to return Miami should be a top ten preseason pick.