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May 26, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - After sitting out the first day of the 2011 ACC Baseball Championship, Miami and North Carolina got underway Thursday and produced the tournament's first old-fashioned barn-burner. Miami (35-20) prevailed 7-5, using clutch hitting and a superb bullpen to overcome a 5-0 deficit.
North Carolina (44-13) jumped on top with three runs in the bottom of the first, as Miami freshman starter Bryan Radziewski struggled early. Levi Michael walked with one out and scored when Colin Moran ripped a double to the wall. Jesse Wierzbicki was hit by a pitch and Tommy Coyle moved everyone up a base with a single. Ben Bunting drove in Moran with a single, leaving the bases loaded. Greg Holt walked to force in the third run.
Both teams ran themselves out of scoring opportunities in the third. Miami second baseman Zeke DeVoss walked with one out but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Nathan Melendres followed with a double but the inning ended with a ground out.
In the bottom of the inning, Wierzbicki led off with a walk for the Tar Heels and advanced to second on a single by Coyle. But Wierzbicki was picked off second and Jacob Stallings grounded into a double play.
Miami stranded two runners in the top of the fifth, while North Carolina extended its lead in the bottom of the inning. Wierzbicki walked with one out, Coyle followed with his third single, and Stallings singled to left field. Miami left fielder Rony Rodriguez overran Stallings' single and Wierzbicki scored on the error. Coyle was picked off second for the second out but Bunting kept alive the inning with a walk. Pitcher Greg Holt helped his cause with an RBI single, making the score 5-0.
Losing coach Mike Fox called the two pick-offs "bad base-running mistakes that really hurt us."
Holt was making his first start in over a year and the career reliever gave the Tar Heels five scoreless innings.
Miami began its comeback in the sixth. Harold Martinez led off with a single and Chris Pelaez drew a one-out walk. Holt struck out Stephen Perez for the second out but Dale Carey singled in a run. Tate Parrish relieved Holt but walked pinch-hitter Cade Kreuter, loading the bases. Andrew Smith relieved Parrish but surrendered a bases-clearing double to DeVoss. However, DeVoss was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Radziewski lasted five innings before being replaced by AJ Salcines. The Hurricanes' bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, giving their offense a chance to take the lead. Jim Morris called his bullpen work "outstanding. They came in and shut the door."
Miami used the opportunity. The Hurricanes loaded the bases in the seventh on an error, a single and a walk. R.C. Orlan came in for Smith with the bases loaded and one out. Pelaez grounded into a fielder's choice at the plate but Stephen Perez ripped a 3-2 pitch into left field, scoring two runs and putting Miami up 6-5.
Miami added to its lead in the ninth, when back-up catcher Corey Janson singled in Perez for the final run.
DeVoss had four hits, walked twice and has now reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances. Salcines (1-0) picked up the win, with Daniel Miranda notching his 13th save. Sam Robinson retired all seven batters he faced as the bridge between Salcines and Miranda.
Orlan (1-1) was the losing pitcher.
A crowd of 3,529 was announced.
Miami rallies to defeat North Carolina 7-5 ... the Hurricanes trail 5-0 before scoring seven times in the last four innings ... Miami freshman A.J. Salcines picks up the win in relief, his first career victory ... the Tar Heels are 65-62 all-time in ACC Tournament while the Hurricanes improve to 9-10 ... with the victory Miami now leads the series 25-21 with one tie ... Thursday's game marked the first meeting between the two teams in ACC Tournament play.
Over his last two games, Miami leadoff hitter Zeke DeVoss has reached base 11 consecutive times; in the regular season finale against Duke, and the ACC Tournament opener against North Carolina, DeVoss has eight hits and three walks.
DeVoss goes 4-for-4 with two walks, three RBIs and three stolen bases; the three RBIs mark his fourth game this season with three or more runs batted in, while his three steals give him a league-leading 32 stolen bases ...after striking out in his first two at bats SS Stephen Perez singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning ... the Hurricanes' 14 hits are the most since a 16-hit performance against Hofstra (May 6).
Making his first start of the year, senior RHP Greg Holt allows three earned runs in five and two/thirds innings ... 2B Tommy Coyle had three hits and leads the team with 22 multiple-hit games, including a team-high six games with three hits.