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Abreu Leads Canes to Victory In Bottom Of the Ninth Inning; Second Walk-Off Win In Two Nights

Willie Abreu came through with a clutch hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Miami past Wright State 4-3 Saturday night at Mark Light Field. The Mater Academy graduate sent the home crowd happy with a long at bat that resulted in a walk-off game winning hit. This is the second night in a row that the Canes won on their final at bat.

CORAL GABLES --The Cardiac Canes did it again Saturday night. The Canes defeated Wright State 4-3 on a walk-off single by Willie Abreu with the bases loaded and no one out in the ninth inning.

The Canes entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 3-2. Ricky Eusebio led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by closer Andrew Elliott. Zack Collins then walked to put runners at first and second. George Iskenderian then squared to hit after showing a bunt and lined a single to left field that loaded the bases. After Elliott threw his second wild pitch of the inning, Eusebio scored to tie the game that set up Abreu's heroics.

"I took the bunt off because some of our guys do not bunt real well," Miami coach Jim Morris said with a smile. "It was his birthday and I felt more comfortable with him swinging away than I did bunting, so I took it off. It worked."

Next, on the tenth pitch of his at bat, Abreu lined a single to left field that scored Collins from third base with the game-winning run. It marked the second night in a row that the Canes won a game in their half of the ninth inning.

"I am ready to go home and relax and enjoy this one," Morris said after the game. "I cannot say enough about what this team has done the last two nights. The way they fought back was remarkable."

Abreu said that the ability to deliver in clutch situationsi goes along with the mentality of being a Hurricane.

"That's the definition of The U. We came to fight and we fought for the whole gam," Abreu said. "We did what we had to do and we would not be denied. That was our mindset the entire game."

Carl Chester had three hits for Miami in the victory, which marks a career high.

"I had a good night at the plate. I was just trying to get the bat on the ball," Chester said. "I knew that if I did that, my feet would do the rest of the work."

Hurricanes starting pitcher Enrique Sosa went six innings, scattering six hits and gave up two earned runs. Morris said that his pitcher did well, but they could not give him any support.

"Sosa threw well tonight, real well," Morris said. "I thought he pitched a good game. We just left a lot of men on base for him and we have done that the whole season."

The Raiders did not wait long to get their offense started and put Miami back on its heels.

Sosa, who entered the game with a  1.54 ERA, was chased early for two runs in the top of the first inning as Andrew McCafferty singled and drove in leadoff batter Mark Fowler for the game's first run.  Two batters later Sean Murphy singled to second and advanced on a throwing error by Hurricane second baseman Edgar Michelangeli, McCafferty scored on the play and gave the Raiders a quick 2-0 lead.

The Raiders tagged Sosa for another run in the fourth as designated hitter Brad Macciocchi hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Murphy from third base. Mitch Roman advanced to second on the play and Gabe Snyder was sitting at third base.  Sosa got out of the inning only yielding the one run and Miami trailed 3-0.