No. 19 Miami Squeezes By No. 17 Virginia, 9-8

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Tom Hagan
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

April 23, 2006

Box Score

MIAMI, Fla. - - Jemile Weeks hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to lift No. 19 Miami to a 9-8 win over No. 17 Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference series finale Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Field. Patrick Wingfield led the Cavaliers (34-10, 13-8 ACC) going 3-for-4 with three RBI while Tom Hagan was 3-for-4 with three runs for Virginia who won its second straight ACC road series. Miami moved to 27-15 and 12-9 in the ACC.

"This was a good weekend for us. We came on the road and won a big series against a good Miami team," UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor said. "Our guys played great this weekend. We've played well the last two road series in conference. We have one more left next weekend. Hopefully, we can carry over this momentum."

Alex Smith (0-1) suffered his first loss for the Cavaliers. Chris Perez won his second game for Miami as he held UVa to two runs in three innings and had four strikeouts. Mike Ballard started the game for the Cavaliers and lasted five innings. He gave up five runs, four earned on nine hits while adding four strikeouts. Andrew Carraway relieved Ballard in the sixth to pitch 1.2 innings in relief.

Weeks drove in Walter Diaz for the winning run in the bottom of the 10th after Diaz led off with a walk. David Adams started a one-out rally for the Cavaliers in the top of the ninth. He singled up the middle. Brandon Guyer followed with a walk. Hagan walked to load the bases before Adams scored on a wild pitch tying it once again, 8-8.

Tommy Giles' two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth with no outs tied it, 7-7. Jay followed with a double. After Jemile weeks walked, Miami called for a double steal. Jay scored on a throwing error by Seabury at second allowing Miami to take an 8-7 lead. Wingfield led off the top of the eighth with an infield single and later scored on Greg Miclat's RBI single pushing UVa's lead to 7-5.

 

 

Seabury's third double of the series drew the Cavaliers within, 5-4, in the top of the sixth. The Cavaliers loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh a pair of walks issued to Doolittle and Greg Miclat and a Brandon Marsh single. David Adams reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error, which scored Miclat and Marsh putting the Hoos ahead, 6-5.

Alonso's ground out in the bottom of the fifth brought home Richard O'Brien Jr. for a 5-3 Miami lead.

Wingfield's two-out two-run single scored Hagan and Doolittle as the Hoos led, 3-1, in the top of the fourth. Doolittle led off the fourth with a single through the right side and moved to third on Hagan's single to left field.

Rodriguez led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to left field getting the Hurricanes within, 3-2. Tekotte's RBI single brought in Alonso tying it, 3-3. Jon Jay's sacrifice fly scored Roger Tomas giving Miami a 4-3 lead.

Virginia scored its first run in the top of the second. Guyer was hit by a pitch and moved to third on Hagan's double down the right field line. Patrick Wingfield's sacrifice fly scored Guyer for a 1-0 Cavalier lead. Tekotte's RBI single after Yonder Alonso double tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the second.

Virginia returns home Wednesday to host Richmond at 7 p.m.