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Canes Stumble in 6-1 Loss to FAU

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami fell to Florida Atlantic on Wednesday night losing 6-1 at home.

Brandon Lopez had two of Miami's seven hits.

The Hurricanes managed just seven hits against the Owls and failed to produce a run after the opening frame of the game.

Starter Javis Salas tossed five innings and gave up three runs, as the team dropped just their second midweek contest of the season.

“It’s very disappointing,” head coach Jim Morris. “My goodness we got to swing the bats better than that.”

Miami (19-9) started the night with a run in the first inning, but after that, the lineup went silent.

David Thompson missed his third consecutive game with soreness in his shoulder, which was reflected in the box score. The Hurricanes didn’t produce an extra base hit and stuck out on five separate occasions.

FAU (16-9) used an array of pitchers and were able to work batters in the count.

“They brought in a lot of guys, and we couldn’t hit any of them. Some of them didn’t even throw so hard. We have to be better offensively,” Morris said.

Salas gave up a run in the first inning before settling down and finding his groove. He worked his way into trouble in the fifth inning when an error by shortstop Brandon Lopez would put runners on the base. FAU would take advantage of the mistake and score two runs to take a 3-1 lead.

Morris would call on Eric Whaley to relieve Salas, but the senior couldn't hold the visitors at rest. Whaley would surrender a three-run home run over the right field wall to give the Owls a commanding lead.

The Hurricanes would load the basses with one-out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t produce a run.

“When we have an opportunity to score runs and have guys in scoring position, which we didn’t have many...and don’t score runs, it’s not going to work. We’re not a club that’s going to score a lot of runs so we have to take advantage and hit the ball in play,” Morris said.

Alex San Juan finished the game 1-for-3 with the lone run batted in for Miami. Alex Hernandez and Michael Broad combined for an 0-for-8 effort, while Chris Barr scored a run.

Salas (2-3) was handed the loss and has now dropped his last three games by decision. The junior struck out four batters while throwing 89 pitches.

The loss comes as just the 11th in the all-time series against the Owls and evens the season series at 1-1.

The Hurricanes will now travel to Charlottesville for a weekend series against No. 9 Virginia, who stands as the third best team in the ACC with a 23-2 (7-2) record.

Notes: Thompson missed his fourth game out of the last five and was ruled by Morris as questionable for this weekend. ... Lopez’s error in the fifth inning was his team-leading eight of the season. ... San Juan stole his first base of the season while C Garrett Kennedy was able to throwout a runner at second. ... Freshman LHP Thomas Woodrey pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings, giving up just one hit... The Hurricanes stranded nine runners on base.

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