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Sweeping Sunday in the City Beautiful: Miami 9, Terps 1FINAL

MarklightdayIt's a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Field as the Hurricanes look for the three game sweep of the Maryland Terrapins.

We're in the bottom of the first, no score. Eric "Craig" Erickson pitching for Miami today.

Alfredo Rodriguez, whose dad played was a shortstop at Miami from 1978-79, led off Saturday's game with a homer to left off the first pitch.

Today, he smacked Erickson's first pitch to the wall in left -- on the first pitch. He almost cleared it too. He ended up stranded at third.

Check in throughout the day for score updates. The game is also being broadcast on WVUM 90.5 and Joe Zagacki has the call on WQAM 560.

Later...

-- The Canes finally solve Maryland starter Sander Beck in the fourth, then he leaves after cramping up with two outs in the inning. With bases loaded and two outs, Nathan Melendres lines a shot off the shortstop and two runs come through. Zeke DeVoss strikes out swinging to end the threat.

Erickson lasted three innings, giving up two hits with three strikeouts.

Travis Miller starts his second inning here in the fifth.

-- Miami picks up two more runs in the sixth inning (one ongoing) after Michael Broad ripped a shot into right field to score Chris Pelaez. Broad then went to second on a wild pitch, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

-- After Maryland scored in the top of the seventh, Miami all but ended this one when Chris Pelaez crushed a pitch over the Big Cheese sign in right. That was with the bases loaded. Grand slam. 8-1. The Canes added another run as well.

Well, that's it. Canes improve to 34-11 and 18-6 in the ACC after sweeping the Terps (15-33, 4-20). Miami has won five straight since losing two of three in Tallahassee last weekend and 13 straight at The Light.

Barry comes south on Friday for a two game set.

See you then.

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What is wrong with Erickson? This is two starts in a row that he was pulled early in the game. Is his arm getting tired at this point in the season? If so that may be big trouble for us in the post season.

I believe Morris is being careful with Eric's recovery and rehab. this kid has a future in MLB.

Also with Tech and Virginia coming up he wants a rested Ericson.

This team has a chance to go a long way IF they stay focused. The talent is there to go toe to toe with Tech and UVA.

I believe lack of focus has caused the Diamond Canes in several games this year, Fordam, NC St.,
Boston College. Maybe even late against FSU.

Look at the scores of the games they lost and it tells you how close this team is to being #1 in the country.

The loss to Fordam, two, two run losses to Va. Tech, 1 run to NC State, after leading 6-1 with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Two one run losses after leading late to FSU, 4-2 loss to Gators, give them those wins and they are 41- 4.

Baseball being the game it is you can lose to lesser teams on any given day, ask FSU, losing to Lemoyne Owen this past Friday. Or Clemson who lost at least two to Florida Gulf Coast.

So I guess 34-11 and 18-6, with so many freshman playing is pretty good.

Again this team has the goods to inflict some damage in the ACC tourney and NCAA as well.

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