Miami baseball team capitalizes on early walks in season-opening win over UMaine

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, at 10:29 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2014, at 10:46 p.m.
Troy Black of the University of Maine (right), pictured in a game on April 21, 2013, had three hits in the Black Bears' season-opening 6-3 loss to Miami on Friday night.
Troy Black of the University of Maine (right), pictured in a game on April 21, 2013, had three hits in the Black Bears' season-opening 6-3 loss to Miami on Friday night. Buy Photo

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami took advantage of five walks to score four runs in the first inning Friday night on its way to a 6-3 season-opening baseball victory over the University of Maine Black Bears at Mark Light Field.

The Black Bears outhit the Hurricanes 11-7 and did not commit an error.

Tyler Palmer led Miami with two singles, a solo home run and two RBIs. Dale Carey posted two singles to back winning pitcher Chris Diaz, who allowed six hits and one run with seven strikeouts and one walk in five innings.

Senior Troy Black headed the UMaine offense with three singles and an RBI. Brian Doran and Sam Balzano of Portland each stroked two singles.

The teams play the second game of a three-game series Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Hurricanes’ first-inning rally included an infield hit and a bunt single, in addition to the early walks issued by Black Bears’ pitcher Tommy Lawrence. The senior right-hander wound up going five innings, giving up four hits and five earned runs with seven strikeouts and six walks.

In the pivotal first, Dale Carey led off with a single to shortstop and Tyler Palmer beat out a bunt single. Lawrence then walked five of the next six batters to force in all four runs.

The Bears got on the board in the second. Doran singled to left and Heath grounded a single through the right side. Jon Salcedo walked, before freshman Skylar Mercado provided a run-scoring groundout.

Miami got another run in the second on Palmer’s leadoff home run. UMaine finally scored again in the seventh.

Balzano legged out an infield single and Colin Gay singled to right, then Black greeted reliever Danny Garcia with an RBI single to center. Black later scored on an errant pickoff attempt.

The hosts added a run in the eighth against Bears reliever Charlie Butler via a walk, a wild pitch and single by Palmer.

Butler allowed three hits and one run with three strikeouts and two walks in 2 ⅔ innings.

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