ACC Baseball Championship: Big Inning Lifts Miami Past Georgia Tech, 8-6
May 20, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. -- Miami sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring seven runs en route to an 8-6 victory over Georgia Tech Wednesday in the opening game of the 2009 ACC Baseball Championship.
The Hurricanes, held without a hit for the first five and a third innings, finally got to Yellow Jacket starter Deck McGuire (L, 10-1) when first baseman Jason Hagerty ripped a one-out double into the right-field corner at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After a walk to catcher Yasmani Grandal, leftfielder Chris Herrmann and third baseman Harold Martinez followed with back-to-back doubles.
Miami blasted eight hits in the sixth inning, including five doubles, before Georgia Tech reliever Jack Davies -- the Jackets’ third pitcher of the inning -- could finally end the carnage.
The Yellow Jackets, down 8-2 at that point, closed the gap with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth and two earned runs -- driven in by centerfielder Jeff Rowland -- in the seventh. Georgia Tech put the first two runners on base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but reliever Kyle Bellamy (S, 16) retired the final three batters to secure the victory.
Georgia Tech had taken an early 2-1 lead, scoring single runs in the first and fourth innings -- both runs forced in by bases loaded walks. The Jackets knocked out Miami starter Travis Miller in the third, then bounced reliever Sam Robinson in the fourth.
However, David Gutierrez (W, 3-6) gave Miami three solid innings of middle relief to earn the victory with Bellamy's help.
Both teams will be in action again Thursday in the round-round portion of the tournament. Georgia Tech (34-16-1) will face Boston College at noon, while Miami (36-18) meets Florida State at 4 p.m.
Game 1 Notes