April 13, 2008
ATLANTA – Yonder Alonso and Adan Severino homered and drove in two runs each to pace a 16-hit attack, leading No. 1-ranked Miami to a 9-3 victory Sunday at Russ Chandler Stadium and a sweep of the weekend Atlantic Coast Conference series.
David Gutierrez (2-0), making his fourth start of the season, gave up three runs in the first three innings, but earned the victory with six solid innings for the Hurricanes, who improved to 30-3 overall and 15-1 in the ACC. Gutierrez scattered five hits and two walks while fanning four batters.
Tech, 26-10 overall and 9-9 in the ACC, took its first lead of the series, scoring single runs in the first three innings, but failed to score again after Gutierrez settled down and the Miami bullpen shut out the Jackets in the last three frames.
Alonso singled home a run and then scored on a passed ball to knot the score at 2-2 in the third. Tech got the run back in the bottom half when Thomas Nichols doubled and scored on a passed ball.
Miami tied it again when Jemile Weeks drew a bases-loaded walk from Zach Von Tersch in the fourth, then grabbed the lead on Severino’s two-run homer in the fifth. Alonso belted a solo shot, his eighth of the season, to make it 6-3 in the sixth.
Von Tersch (4-2) was relieved after 4-2/3 innings, having given up five runs on 10 hits and four walks.
The Hurricanes added three more runs in the seventh on five singles, including RBI hits from Weeks and Dennis Raben and a sacrifice fly by Blake Tekotte.
Every batter except shortstop Ryan Jackson had at least one hit for the Hurricanes.
Tech returns to action Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Georgia Southern in Statesboro. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game against the Eagles has been cancelled because the Yellow Jackets will attend the funeral of their late teammate Michael Hutts.