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Central Michigan rallies late to beat Hurricanes 6-5

David Cole singles home winning run in top of 9th

David Cole singled home the winning run to lift Central Michigan past Miami in the Starkville, Mississippi, regional.
David Cole singled home the winning run to lift Central Michigan past Miami in the Starkville, Mississippi, regional.

STARKVILLE, Miss. – David Cole singled home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to lead Central Michigan over Miami 6-5 on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Cole singled up the middle to score Zach Gilles for the deciding run. Zach Cohn (5-3) pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. He struck out five.

Miami (39-19) took a 4-0 lead in the third inning with two homers, including a three-run shot by Adrian Del Castillo. Central Michigan (47-12) bounced back with one run in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.

Miami tied the game in the seventh on Del Castillo's second homer of the night, this one a solo shot to right field. But the Hurricanes couldn't hold Central Michigan's offense.

Daniel Federman (3-5) took the loss, giving up one run over two innings.