CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Maine baseball team dropped the rubber match to #13 Miami 11-2 on Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables, Fla. Rookie Jake Osborne (Burlington, Ontario) led the Maine offense with a pair of hits and an RBI. Maine falls to 1-2 on the season, while Miami improves to 2-1.
Miami scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on just one hit. Dale Carey singled and Tyler Palmer reached on an error. Both runners scored on errors. Miami added a run in the bottom of the second inning when Alex Hernandez walked and scored when Carey singled.
The Black Bears got on the board with a run in the top of the third inning. Skylar Mercado (Bronx, N.Y.) was hit and Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pinch ran for him. Gelinas scored when Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) singled up the middle.
Miami, however, scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to extend its lead to 8-1. The Hurricanes' hit four doubles in the inning.
Maine scored its second run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) singled to center field and scored when Osborne singled.
Miami added two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and one in the bottom of the eighth to make it an 11-2 final.
Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) got the start on the mound for the Black Bears and allowed five runs on four hits over two innings. He suffered the loss and falls to 0-1 on the season. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) surrendered three hits in one inning. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) relieved FitzPatrick and allowed two runs, just one of which was earned, in four innings. Chris Piteo (Middle Village, N.Y.) allowed one run in one innings in his college debut.
Andrew Suarez got the start for Miami and allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. He picked up the win and improved to 1-0. Thomas Woodrey and Danny Garcia each pitched two innings in relief for Miami.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, Feb. 21 when they travel to Clemson for a three game series with the Tigers. First pitch on Friday afternoon is slated for 4 PM.