FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009
Baseball falls 9-4 to #17 Miami in first round of NCAA Regional
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Big hits were the difference in the game as the JU baseball team fell to No. 17 Miami, 9-4, Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Regionals at McKethan Stadium.

UM (37-21) put up 10 hits, but pounded out nine runs – hitting three home runs in the game, with Jason Hagerty hitting two en route to driving in three runs.

JU (36-21) equaled the Hurricanes hit total, but left nine on base in the contest as all four runs came in the seventh inning. The Dolphins snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak in NCAA play, dating back to 2006, with four runs in the seventh.

“You can’t miss early opportunities and expect to win ball games,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Miami is a great team and they capitalized on our mistakes. We were able to make a late run at it but they answered right back and took the wind out of our sails.”

Junior Carson Andrew (6-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.

Travis Miller (3-0) got the win after allowing no runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in four innings of a pre-determined start.

Along with Hagerty, Yasamani Grandal added a two-run double, while Chris Herrmann drove in two with a home run to help the UM cause.

Senior catcher Jeremy Gillian and senior left fielder Kyle Fleming finished with three hits to pace the Dolphins. Fleming also had a two-run double in the seventh for JU.

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Hagerty hit a solo homer to right center with two outs.

UM made it 2-0 in the bottom of the second when Ted Blackman drove in a run with a high chop to second. Although Blackman reached safely on a throwing error by the Dolphins, junior first baseman Alex Martinez made a quick throw to gun down Dave DiNatale at third to make it two outs in the inning.

The Hurricanes made it 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Grandal hit a two-run double to left center and Herrmann hit a two-run homer to left.

JU cut the deficit to 6-4 when Fleming hit a two-run double, Gillan hit an RBI single and Martinez hit an RBI single.

With one out, sophomore center fielder Chris Connelly hit single up the middle and then advanced to second when sophomore third baseman Glen Johnson drew a catcher’s interference. After both runners advanced on a grounder to the mound by junior second baseman Chuck Opachich, Fleming laced a double into left center to clears the bases. Gillan followed with a single down the left-field line to plate Fleming and then advanced to second on wild pitch. Martinez followed with a chop single up the middle to plate Gillan.

UM answered back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, making it 8-4, when Hagerty hit a two-run homer to left for his second of the contest.

DiNatale scored on wild pitch in the ninth inning to cap off the scoring for the Hurricanes, while Kyle Bellamy tossed a perfect ninth to secure the UM win.

JU will await the loser of Game Two between Florida and Bethune-Cookman to play at 1 p.m. on Saturday at McKethan Stadium. The contest can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action or followed on GameTracker by logging onto JUDolphins.com.