San Juans' 4 hits lead UM over Bethune 6-1

Senior Alex San Juan recorded a career high 4 hits Wednesday night - Hurricane Sports

Senior Alex San Juan lashed out a career high 4 hits to lead the UM bats past the Wildcats. Javi Salas reached 7 innings for the 3rd consecutive game.

Britney Spears' "hit me baby" was playing all night long at Mark Light Field due to UM batters being hit 4 times by Bethune Cookman pitchers. But Alex San Juan was doing all the hitting when he stepped in the box. He recorded a career high 4 hits and drove in two runs. The Canes also drew a total of 6 walks with the Wildcats being extremely wild, throwing 8 balls in a row at one point and came out on top 6-1 Wednesday night. In what appeared to be a great start for the Canes, Alex Hernandez smoked a ball in the gap to left center in the bottom of the first. Right after that, Chantz Mack was hit by the first pitch that he saw and it seemed then that UM had something brewing. David Thompson came up to the plate with one out and lined out to right field. On an overthrow by the right fielder Hernandez attempted to take third but was thrown out and ended the threat for the Hurricanes. Canes took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning after a double by Alex San Juan to bring in Hernandez to score. That lead wouldn't hold for long after Canes' starting pitcher Javi Salas gave up a run in the top of the 4th to tie it at one. Miami added 2 runs in the 4th after a barrage of walks given by Wildcat pitchers. With the bases loaded David Thompson walked and stretched the Canes lead to 3-1 giving him 28 RBI on the season. Still a wee-bit away from Pat Burrells' all-american freshman season when he batted in 64 runs. Miami busted it open in the bottom of the 8th when Alex Hernandez hit a shot to left that banged off the wall and scored Tyson Palmer.That made it 4-1 Canes, Palmer has been playing well as of late and has earned back the leadoff spot after losing it a month into the season. San Juans' 4th hit - 3 singles; 1 double - drove in another run followed by another hit by Kennedy that wrapped up the scoring for Miami making it 6-1. "I saw the ball well. I was ahead in the count most of the time and it worked out to my favor." said San Juan after the game. He talked about finally feeling 100%. "I feel a lot better. It's just one of those things that just takes a little time. When you feel 100% it goes a long way".

Javi Salas punched in another quality start for Miami going at least 7 innings for the third consecutive start. He improved his record to 4-4 and should be in the top 10 in the ACC with 57 1/3 innings pitched. "I think it's a working progress, I've been working hard during the week and in my bullpens to make sure that when I go out there and pitch I'm not thinking about anything and my mechanics are working smooth for me." Salas & San Juan mentioned that the team got together last week and talked about this being a new season and them controlling their own destiny.

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