Coral Gables, Fla.-- UMBC baseball dropped the series opener against Miami, 8-2 on Friday night. The Retrievers did all their damage in the first two innings, scoring a run in each inning. UMBC mustered just three hits, with Terrence Pinkston (La Plata, Md./McDonough/Norfolk State) and Christian Torres (Miami, Fla.) driving in runs.
The Retrievers fall to 2-2 on the year, while the Hurricanes improve to 7-2.
UMBC got things going early, putting a run across in the first. Blaze O'Saben (Warrenton, Va.) led off the inning with an infield single and advanced on an error. He would move up to third on a ground out and score after Christian Torres reached on an error to give UMBC an early 1-0 lead.
However, the Hurricanes would respond, pushing four across in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead 4-1.
After Miami put up a pair of runs in the third, both teams settled in and found their groove on the mound. UMBC starter Frank Fraschetti (New Castle, Pa.) held the Canes to just a couple of hits over the next two innings. Hurricane starter Evan McKendry kept the Retrievers off the board over the next four innings to take a 6-2 lead.
Miami would add one more in the seventh and eighth and hold the Retrievers in the ninth to take game one 8-2 on Friday night.
Torres and Pinkston each had a hit and an RBI, with Blaze O'Saben getting the only other Retriever hit on Friday night.
Game two of the series will be tomorrow, Saturday March 2 at 7 p.m. Fans can catch the action on ACC Network Extra.