This past Tuesday, two highly regarded college baseball programs took the field in Louisville, Kentucky to compete for the ACC Championship. The Hurricanes of Miami and the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech played 13 innings of nail-biting baseball.
The drama all started in the first inning when Miami outfielder Michael Burns hit a solo home run to left field to give the Canes an early 1-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets had some sugar in their back pockets. Answering right back in the top of the third inning, the Jackets scored two runs of their own.
That all changed though when junior Hunter Tackett stepped to the plate. With the bases loaded, Tackett hammered the ball to left center field for a grand slam, putting the Canes up 5-4. The fifth inning rolled around, and Georgia Tech added another run to tie the game up at five apiece. Andrew Cabezas came on in relief in the seventh inning.
The game went back and forth with neither team scoring throughout extra innings. That was until the bottom of the thirteenth inning came around. Senior third baseman Edgar Michelangeli walked, and senior first baseman Chris Barr singled up the middle, which brought catcher Joe Gomez to the plate. With one out and runners on first and second, Gomez laced a single through the right side of the field to give Miami the 6-5 victory. Andrew Cabezas struck out 10 Georgia Tech hitters while earning the victory to move him to a record of 5-3.
The University of Miami baseball program has made the NCAA Tournament 44 consecutive years. They need two wins, and most likely three, to receive a berth into the tournament, but the Canes aren’t giving up. With the big win Tuesday afternoon, the Canes must carry their energy over into Friday morning, where they will face off against 16th-ranked Wake Forest at Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky.