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Marathon Saturday Night at The Light: Hurricanes vs. Terps -- UM WINS 6-4

Fraser George Richards here at Mark Light Field in beautiful Coral Gables for a Saturday night of ACC baseball.

Not going to do a LIVE! blog or anything like that, but feel free to check up on the score throughout the night. When something happens -- hey! There went the MetroRail! -- I will post it here.

-- Maryland takes a quick 1-0 lead as leadoff man Alfredo Rodriguez took Jason Santana's first offering and deposited past the left field wall.

That was the third homer the Terps A-Rod had hit on the first pitch of the game -- and all five of his taters this year have come in the first inning. But then Maryland went down in order so that was that.

-- B1: The Canes come right back and lead 2-1 after getting two runs in the frame. With one out, Frankie Ratcliff walked, then raced home when Yasmani Grandal laced a liner past the first baseman into right field. Scott Lawson scored from third on Harold Martinez's sacrifice fly to center.

So there you go...Again, check back throughout the night.

I'll be here for Sunday's noon matinee as well. Same deal.

-- T2: The Terps are hitting Santana hard, with back-to-back doubles here giving Maryland a 3-2 lead. Canes end a threat when Gary Schneider gets caught trying to steal third base.

-- OK, Maryland outfielder Matt Marquis has been taken to the hospital after colliding with teammate Jon Wilson. Read more about that here.

After that, the Hurricanes loaded the bases with a pair of walks and tied the score 3-3 when Harold Martinez flew out to center. Wilson, the new CF, then fired to third and caught Scott Lawson to end the inning. But the run scores, and Miami ties it.

On to the fourth.

This game is taking forever...

-- B4: Miami retakes the lead 4-3 after Michael Broad hits into a 6-4-3 double play allowing Chris Pelaez to score from third...

--B7: Miami tags on a run when Stephen Perez made it 5-3 in the seventh by scoring on an error with two outs.

Canes got a strong performance out of starter Jason Santana.

Santana left the bullpen alone until the eighth as he put the Terps down in order in the fourth and sixth innings and spread three hits over his final five innings of work as he struck out seven and left four runners stranded.

Maryland three runs off four hits in the first two innings.

--B8: Canes add another run in the eighth as Zeke DeVoss steals third with two outs and comes home on single to left from Stephen Perez.

--T9: Terps get a solo shot with two outs in the 9th, but that's it. Canes win.

Drive careful y'all.

See you tomorrow.


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Is the score still 3-2?

Randall pitches Gators past Tigers in game two

By Edward Aschoff

Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 5:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 5:06 p.m.
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Florida freshman pitcher Hudson Randall seems unfazed by the hype surrounding powerful SEC lineups.

A week ago against then-No. 4 Arkansas, the right-hander earned a win with 5 2/3 innings in which he struck out two, gave up six hits and no earned runs. Saturday, his confidence was back as he collected a win in the 7-3 victory for the sixth-ranked Gators (29-11, 13-6 SEC) in the second game of the series against No. 9LSU (32-11, 11-8 SEC) with a career-high seven strikeouts, matching a career-high with eight innings pitched.

Due to Saturday's game being broadcast live by ESPNU, game two was played at its designated time of 2 p.m., with the continuation of the weather-delayed game one from Friday following 30 minutes after.

Randall's outing did not start well. Following the announcement of LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook's name over the loud speaker, he took Randall's first pitcher over the left field bleachers to give the Tigers the early 1-0 lead. He then gave up a single to shortstop Austin Nola.

Randall regrouped, sitting his next three batters down with two fly outs and a strikeout. He struck out two more in the second and forced the Tigers into inning-ending double plays in the second and third innings. He retired 13 of his last 15 batters.

Fundamental hitting and some sloppy LSU pitching helped the Gators' offense early. With Florida clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, LSU starter Chris Matulis walked lead-off batter Jonathan Pigott and gave up back-to-back singles to Josh Adams and Nolan Fontana to load the bases. He then walked Daniel Pigott, scoring his younger brother to make it 3-1. Two batters later, freshman Austin Maddox grounded into a fielder's choice to third to scoreFontana, extending the lead to 4-1.

The Gators kept up the scoring in the fifth, starting with a double from Jonathan Pigott (1-for-2) that brought home senior Matt den Dekker, who was 2 of 4 on the day, giving Florida a 5-1 lead. Matulis (5-2, 5.86 ERA), who earned the loss, was pulled with two runners on after four innings of work, in which he gave up nine hits.

Righty Ben Alsup came in, but gave up back-to-back sacrifice flies to Adams (1-for-2) and Fontana (2-for-2) to give Florida the 7-1 lead. Matulis was credited with the runs.

With Jeff Barfield on the mound for Randall in the ninth, LSU got back on the board with a two-run homer from center fielder Leon Landry.

Florida out-hit LSU 11-9.

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Miami needs to play better if they are going to go back to Omaha. We all know they will have to beat the Gators. We know what happen the last time they played. The Canes need to put everything together at the end. We need to learn how to close games, and hold on to the lead. If Miami had to play the Gators tomorrow, I don't think they would fair well agains them at this time. Our middle relivers need to get better. COME ON COACH MORRIS SPARK THE FIRE INTO THOSE YOUNG CANES.

yup still 3-2

Great job on the coverage, G-man. Hope that the injuryed Maryland player turns out ok.

Go Canes,

He is said to be doing fine which is great news...

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