It's never easy to follow up a perfect game, as Javi Salas found out Tuesday night. Salas was knocked around early as Miami (10-6, 3-0 ACC) were defeated at home by the Bethune Cookman Wildcats (9-7, 4-2 MEAC). The first pitch delivered by the senior right hander was roped into left field by Bethune Cookman lead off man Josh Johnson for a base hit and the flood gates opened. The first six men reached base and scored for the Wildcats as Salas (1-2) didn't record an out until the seven hole hitter Jordan Robinson grounded out to second which drove in junior center-fielder, and ex-Cane, Julian Santos to make the score 5-0 Wildcats. Bethune Cookman scored six runs on six hits and sent twelve men to the plate in the inning. It actually could've been a lot worse for Miami as the Wildcats had the bases loaded when senior first baseman Eric Sams grounded out to Alex Hernandez to end the inning. Five of the six runs charged to Salas were earned and he was lifted after the first inning.
The deficit proved to be too big for the Hurricanes to recover. Miami chipped away and had cut the lead to 6-3 in the fifth after Brad Fieger knocked in Dale Carey with a double, it was Fieger's second RBI of the game and 11th of the season, but it would be all the Canes could muster off Wildcat starter Montana Durapau.
Durapau (3-0) was brilliant for Bethune Cookman, lasting eight innings, scattering nine hits and striking out seven. Of the three runs given up by the senior right hander, only two were earned.
Miami will look to shake off the loss as they begin a four game road trip Wednesday night against Stetson University in DeLand, Florida before heading north to Atlanta for a weekend series with ACC foe Georgia Tech.
First pitch Wednesday vs. Stetson is set for 6:30pm and will be broadcasted on 90.5 WVUM.