The Miami Hurricanes are the No. 3 national seed in the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament and they are looking to make a run at the fifth national championship and first since 2001. They won the Coral Gables Regional and advanced to their second straight Super Regional with a dramatic victory in the regional final Sunday.
The Hurricanes built an 8-1 lead in the first four innings of the game as they scored three runs off a solo home run from catcher Zack Collins in the first inning and a two-run shot by right fielder Willie Abreu in the third.
However, the Long Beach State Dirtbags, who are no strangers to the College World Series, fought back late in the game. They rallied in the sixth inning with six runs to tie cut the lead to just one run.
The Dirtbags started their rally with a three-run homer by left fielder Alex Muzzi. They followed that up with a run scored on a walk, a fielder’s choice RBI, and a sacrifice RBI by shortstop Garrett Hampson.
The game was tied at eight going into the bottom of the ninth inning and Miami would not let the win slip past them. Designated hitter Randy Batista cracked a single and scored first baseman Christopher Barr for the walk-off RBI and the victory.
The Hurricanes will now face off against ACC opponent Boston College in the Super Regional this weekend.
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