Miami has now won 7 of their last 9 after tonights mid-week match up vs. FAU. During that streak the runs have been easier to come by and Miami's pitchers have continued to dominate. Ubaseball improves their record to 28-16. This Monday, Canes' pitcher Andrew Suarez was named the ACC pitcher of the week after throwing a complete game shutout against Clemson on Sunday.
Javi Salas got off to a slow start today allowing 3 runs in the top of the second inning. Then after the third it was as if something clicked for Salas, he went on to retire 18 consecutive batters. "I wasn't locating my pitches, I felt that if I could get that down I could have a successful night. I told myself that's all their going to get when I came in the dugout after the third inning". Seven of those outs were hit to second baseman Alex Hernandez which is in direct result to Salas keeping the ball down and throwing his sinker for strikes. "I believe in my sinker, I feel like I can throw it any count, any batter lefty or righty. When its on I feel I can get anyone out as long as I locate it and keep it down". He has gone at least 7 innings in each of his last 3 starts and came in tonight ranked 12th in the ACC with 57 1/3 innings pitched. He finished the night going 8 innings and allowed 6 hits while striking out 4.
Miami got off to a good start with back to back hits by Tyler Palmer - who extended his hit streak to 5 games - and a double by Hernandez to give UM runners at the corners. Mack grounded out and scored Palmer while Hernandez moved to third. San Juan then came up and hit another lazy ground ball which he beat out for a hit. It would drive in another run to make it 2-0 Miami. Chantz Mack hit a ball to center field scoring Palmer to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth 4-4. Brandon Lopez was the big man on campus tonight with 3 hits and 3 RBI; the last 2 RBI coming on on a single that out the Canes in front for good 6-4.
Miami travels to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts this weekend for a 3 game series vs. Boston College. BC is 0-20 in ACC play and Miami hopes to leave that zero right where it is this weekend. Both Salas and coach Morris mentioned after the game about the importance to take it one game at a time this weekend. This is only the second game at home for BC since the explosions during the Marathon last week. Coach Morris remembers his team going up to Virginia Tech after the shooting in the university back in 2007. All games are during the day as Eagles of BC don't have any lights at their stadium.