FAU shortstop Nick DelGuidice fields a throw at second base Tuesday against Miami (J.C. Ridley Photo)
April 14, 2009
CORAL GABLES, FL - Preseason All-America closer Kyle Bellamy pitched his way in - and out - of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the seventh-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes won a tight game against visiting Florida Atlantic University 3-1 at Alex Rodriquez Park.
Bellamy issued a walk to Travis Ozga to lead off the FAU ninth and both Tom Hatcher and Jeremy Griffiths followed by reaching safely on balls hit in the infield. With Bellamy and the 'Canes clinging to a two-run lead, a would-be sac fly off the bat of Troy Bubley turned into a rally-killing double play when Ozga was gunned down at the plate via the relay throw from left field..
Bellamy then induced a game-ending groundout to earn his 10th save, allowing Miami (26-10) to bounce back from dropping a weekend series at then-No. 20 Clemson. Miami currently owns the ACC's second-best conference record behind No. 8 Georgia Tech.
Florida Atlantic (17-16) has lost six-straight. The Owls will host perennial NCAA Regional qualifiers and MEAC champs Bethune-Cookman University Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
David Wilson set up the game's first run by hitting the first-pitch of the third inning into the right-field corner for a triple and was knocked in on an RBI groundout by Ozga.
True freshman lefty Brent Adheen - who was starting for the third time against UM this season - faced just one batter over the minimum in the first three innings. UM was able to hit back-to-back singles off Adheen to lead off the fourth and would generate a tying run before Adheen pitched his way out of the inning with the game even, 1-1.
Yasmani Grandal hit a two-out RBI bloop single off FAU reliever Ryan Garton (0-1) which gave UM a 2-1 lead. The go-ahead run may have been avoided if the Owls could have executed a rundown in the inning, when Scott Lawson was caught in between first and second trying steal but was allowed to get back to the first base bag without a throw.
Miami starter Jason Santana (6-0) would protect the one-run lead through a season-high seven innings. Like Adheen, Santana drew the start in each of the three games between UM and FAU this season. Santana allowed one run on five hits to set up a save opportunity for Bellamy and the 'Canes bullpen.
GAME NOTES: Senior LH Alex Pepe - a 2008 MLB Draft pick - made his 79th career appearance at FAU, equaling the program's all-time record... FAU and Miami were playing the final game of a three-game midweek season-series; the Hurricanes won all three (13-6; 8-7; 3-1)... FAU's six-game losing streak is its first in 11 years (1998)... The game was played in a season-low 2 hours and 27 minutes for FAU.