Tennessee managed to split the first two games of their series in Miami this weekend, but eight errors on Sunday doomed UT’s chance of taking the series from the third-ranked Hurricanes.
Jim Burt drove in three runs with a double and a triple as Miami parlayed eight Tennessee errors in a 14-3 victory and series win over the Volunteers at Mark Light Stadium.
The eight miscues set a Tennessee record as the Vols fell to 4-2, while Miami improved to 4-2.
Brandon Camardese (1-0) pitched six solid innings, limiting Tennessee to two runs on six hits, for his first victory.
Sean Watson (0-1), making his first career start in front of the hometown fans, suffered the loss as he was roughed up for 10 runs (three earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.
Eric King led the Vols with two hits, including an RBI single in the ninth.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to Burt’s two-run triple. He later scored on a ground out.
Tennessee had its best opportunity to get on the board in the third when it loaded the bases with no outs. But the Vols could only push one run across as Josh Alley scored on Brian Cleveland’s infield hit cutting the lead to 3-1.
Four Vol errors in the fifth opened the flood gates as the Hurricanes sent 11 men to the plate, scoring six unearned runs in grabbing a 10-2 lead. The Canes added four more in the seventh to make it 14-2.
Rivera comes up with game-winner as UT wins 14-11
Michael Rivera’s only hit of the night proved to be difference as his run scoring double in the eighth inning snapped an 11-11 tie propelling the Tennessee Volunteers to a grueling 14-11 victory.
Josh Alley’s two-run double capped the inning as Tennessee grabbed its biggest lead of the night. The Vols had to battle from behind all night, trailing 6-2 after two and then 10-5 after five before taking their first lead of the game at 11-10 after erupting for six runs in the sixth.
Craig Cobb (1-0) picked up the win in 3 2/3 innings of relief as both teams combined for 25 runs on 23 hits with 16 walks and six errors. The game was the second longest in the series, lasting 4 hours, 8 minutes, just shy of the 4-hour, 21-minute marathon at the 2001 College World Series. Alex Blanco (0-1), the fifth of six Miami pitchers, took the loss.
After Miami struck for two in the first on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Gaby Sanchez, Chris Kemp got the Vols on the board in the second with his first home run of the season. Brian Cleveland tied the game by scoring on an interference call at third base.
The Canes regained the lead at 6-2 on a pair of two-run home runs by Erick San Pedro and Ryan Braun in the bottom of the second, chasing Tennessee starter Derek Tharpe. They extended the lead to 7-2 in the third on a wild pitch.
But the Vols battled back by plating three runs over the next two innings to pull within 7-5. They scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth on a RBI single by Cleveland and a Miami error before adding another run on the third Hurricane miscue in the fifth.
San Pedro’s second two-run home run to straight away center field just off the outstretched glove of Josh Alley capped a three-run fifth as the Hurricanes stretched the lead to 10-5.
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