The third-placed Miami Hurricanes didn’t have a hit until the fifth inning.
They couldn’t do many more after that.
The Hurricanes lost their third straight game 3-1 at Georgia Tech on Friday night.
“We hit some balls hard, but not hard enough,” said the head coach Gino DiMare called. “We chased a lot of bad pitches.”
The Hurricanes (31-11, 16-6 ACC) had cut their Coastal Division lead to two games ahead of No. 7 Virginia Tech, who won their fourth straight conference game on Friday by beating No. 11 Virginia. Both teams have eight league games left.
CJ Kayfus had two hits and finished fifth in the Hurricanes’ only heat. Max Romero also had two hits when the Hurricanes finished with six.
The three-game sled is the longest of the season for Miami.
Georgia Tech (26-17, 11-11) was led by star catcher Kevin Parada, who homed and drove in two runs. It was Parada’s national-leading 22nd home run of the season.
“He’s one of the best hitters in the country,” Pitcher Carson Palmquist called.
Palmquist (6-3) allowed five hits and two runs – both on home runs – in seven innings. He has conceded 11 home runs in the season, the most in the ACC.
“I thought he threw as well as I’ve seen him all year,” DiMare said. “They are a very good offensive team and he just did a great job. He threw efficiently. He pitched well enough to win, we just couldn’t swing the clubs the way I’d like.”
Andrew Jenkins hit a homer on the fourth homer to give Georgia Tech the early lead.
Kayfus tied it up in the fifth with a one-out single to right field.
With a score of 1 in the sixth, however, the Hurricanes loaded the bases Henry Wallen rebounded to first base to end the inning.
Parada’s home run to the bottom of the table gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead.
The Hurricanes reloaded bases in the eighth and Wallen was due but was replaced by pinch-hitters Gaby Gutierrez who pitched too short to finish the inning.
Miami was 2 for 9 with runners in goal position and left 12 on base.
Georgia Tech’s John Medich (4-3) worked with four walks, three hits and a hit batter to beat six and set a six-inning run.
Kayfus led from ninth place with a base hit, but the next three batters were retired to end the game.
On Saturday (4:00 p.m. ESPNU), the teams will face off again.