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Canes hold on for 8-6 win over Georgia Tech

DURHAM -- Here's today's live blog from the ACC Baseball Tournament where UM is taking on Georgia Tech at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

My view from the press box > It turned out to be a long first inning for freshman Travis Miller. But he got out of it relatively unscathed. He gave up two hits and walked in a run with the bases loaded, but struckout three.

Deck McGuire struckout Ryan Jackson swinging and Jason Hagerty looking after giving up a leadoff walk to Scott Lawson in the top of the first. The Canes have yet to really hit a ball hard off McGuire, who retired UM in the second in order.

> What happened to those bats that pounded Wake Forest this past weekend? Guess it ws the pitching. UM has sent 10 batters to the plate through three innings and has yet to produce a hit, much less solid contact off ACC Pitcher of the Year Deck McGuire. GT leads 1-0 in the bottom of the third.

> Freshman day continues. Left-hander Sam Robinson comes in to pitch for UM with nobody out in the third and a runner on first. Miller gave UM two decent innings, striking out four, walking three and giving up three hits and one earned.

> The story so far has been McGuire. He hasn't given up a hit through four innings. UM, however, was able to tie the score at 1 when Jason Hagerty was able to come around and score from second on a failed double play attempt and throwing error.

> Sam Robinson's day has ended and now David Gutierrez enters with the bases loaded, one out and the meat of Georgia Tech's lineup up to bat in the fourth. Georgia Tech got three hits before Derek Dietrich walked with the bases loaded to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead.

> It almost feels like this game has been perfectly scripted for UM to steal it. UM has used three pitchers in four innings. The ACC Pitcher of the Year has a no-hitter. And the Canes trail by 1 in the top of the fifth.

> Still no hits for UM entering the sixth. But a big part of this story has become David Gutierrez. Talk about a guy who went south. Gutierrez started the season 2-0 and has gone 0-6 in his last 10 starts. Now, he's come out of the bullpen in a key situation, bases-loaded, one out, and gotten out of it easy. Then, he gets out of the fifth relatively easy. If Miami can get another two, three solid innings out of him they've got a chance to steal this game and some innings for closer Kyle Bellamy.

>  McGuire's no-hitter is finally ended in the sixth when Jason Hagerty drilled a one-out double down the right field line.

> Deck McGuire got decked. The Canes have batted around here in the top of the sixth to take a commanding 6-2 lead, forcing the ACC Pitcher of the Year out of the game after he carried a no-hitter into the inning. UM has pounded out six hits in the inning -- including four doubles. The big stroke came off the bat off Chris Hermann, who doubled opposite field off the wall in left to tie the score. 

> Georgia Tech has come back with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to trim UM's lead to 8-6 here at the start of the eighth. Can you say Kyle Bellamy time?

> Kyle Bellamy is there to save the day again. Big pitching performance by UM's Mr. Clutch. He records the final six outs to keep UM in contention for its second straight ACC title. I'll have more later.

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