At times it honestly feels like this Hurricanes baseball team creates new ways to lose in heartbreaking fashion.

The ACC baseball tourney is underway and with a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the ninth against third-ranked NC State, sixth-seeded Miami had another collapse, falling 3-2.

Again, another low-scoring affair that proved to be a pitcher’s duel, with UM’s Eric Erickson going against NCSU’s Ethan Ogburn, both of which were dominant for five innings, getting themselves out of tight spots on numerous occasions.

Erickson allowed nine hits and even picked off a runner in the second, but with two outs remaining, pitching wound up doing the Canes in.

Miami entered the bottom of the ninth with Eric Nedeljkovic on the mound and he promptly retired the lead-off hitter. From there, he gave up back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third.

E.J. Encinosa entered – UM’s fifth pitcher of the day – and walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases. A chopper was hit to third, with first baseman Esteban Tresgallo unable to field the low throw, which scored the tying run.

A batter later, Encinosa walked in the winning run on five pitches.

Miami had picked up some late-game momentum when Dale Carey doubled to left in the top of the sixth, followed by a Chantz Mack home run, giving the Canes a 2-0 lead.

UM had another shot for more in the top of the eight, when Mack walked to start the inning and moved to second after a Brad Feiger bunt, but Mack was later out at home when trying to score on a Rony Rodriguez single.

Another heartbreaker and yet another situation where Miami needed to show some ice in its veins and simply collapsed when the pressure mounted. Sadly, that seems to have been the MO for this team all season.

Next up, a 3:00pm ET showdown with second-seeded North Carolina on Thursday, who Miami swept at home earlier this season.

4 thoughts on “Miami Falls To NC State At ACC Tournament

  1. Who recruited, signed and granted a scholly to Encinosa and the other marginal players. That,s where to look for blame. My guess, the Head Coach unless the grounds keeper has assumed these duties.

    Come to think about it, yes, perhaps the groundskeeper is to blame.. Buy a new lawnmower and hire a new driver and things will be OK!!!

    If we get a NCAA, lets hope it,t not a big winning baseball school like broward western high school. Might be trouble.

    • … all that aside, time for fans to accept that Jim Morris will be back in 2013 to attempt to right the ship. Still one of the best coaches in the game and a two-time national champ who is far from over the hill. It’s simply time for 3 to make some changes with his assistants. Bringing DiMare back was great, but some of the other guys need to go. Period.

  2. OK, it,s the assistants problem. Who hired the assistants, the goundskeeper.

    What you don,t want to admit, is if there,s anything wrong with the staffing, it,s Jims fault. He has complete control over everything that happens as a head coach. Same for any head coach in any sport at a major school.

    “Right the ship” – bullcrap. Better to not let the ship 1/2 sink in the first place.

    Jim s a good coach. But miami does not need a good coach, it needs a good recruiter – both for players and staff. If “the other guys need to go”‘ they should not be there in the first place.

    If UM doen not make the superregionals, Jim is history.