SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The second-ranked Miami Hurricanes overcame adverse weekend weather to win the only game of the series at Notre Dame Sunday, as they topped the host Fighting Irish 10-2 at Frank Eck Stadium.
Even gametime temperatures in the high 30’s and heavy rain couldn’t cool off the red-hot Hurricanes, who have won 20 of their past 22 contests and a season-best nine straight games. The first two games of the series, scheduled as part of a Saturday doubleheader, were cancelled due to snow.
Making its first trip to South Bend since 1999, Miami received another strong outing from sophomore pitcher Michael Mediavilla and a five-RBI game from junior Zack Collins to improve their first-place ACC record to 11-2.
Mediavilla (6-0) allowed just four hits and one earned run over six dominant innings. He struck out three batters and walked three, and threw 97 pitches to earn the win.
Collins belted a three-run home run to dead center in the sixth, part of a 3-for-5 day that also included a two-run double in the third. His homer was the team-leading seventh of the year and 33rd of his career.
The visitors wasted little time in opening the scoring in support of Mediavilla, needing just two batters to go ahead 1-0. After a leadoff single from sophomore Carl Chester, the Notre Dame defense botched a sacrifice bunt attempt from Christopher Barr that resulted in Chester scoring all the way from first.
Notre Dame tied the game 1-1 on solo a home run off the bat of Ricky Sanchez in the second.
But Miami (25-4, 11-2 ACC) regained the lead in the third, striking for three runs off Notre Dame righthander Peter Solomon.
Collins delivered the key hit – a two-run double cracked off the wall in right-center that scored Randy Batista (walk) and Chester (single). He would score on an RBI single from senior Brandon Lopez three batters later to move Miami’s lead to 4-1.
Solomon (2-3) was chased with one out in the fourth, having allowed five hits and four runs. He struck out five batters and walked two in a 68-pitch outing.
Notre Dame (16-12, 6-7 ACC) struggled to sustain any offense against Mediavilla, who won his second straight outing and lowered his ERA to 2.58.
The Hurricanes bumped their lead to a more comfortable 7-1 on the three-run blast from Collins in the sixth. With Batista and Chester on base, the junior slugger cracked a 1-1 pitch from Notre Dame lefthander Sean Guenther over the wall in straightaway center.
Chester finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and reached base four times in the win.
The Irish got a run back in the seven on an RBI single from Jake Shepski off reliever Andrew Cabezas. Freshman Frankie Bartow entered with two runners on and got two flyouts to escape any further damage.
A bases-clearing double off the wall in left from redshirt junior Edgar Michelangeli pushed Miami’s lead to 10-2 in the ninth. Freshman Isaiah Musa pitched a scoreless ninth inning to cap the victory.
The Hurricanes return to Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Tuesday, April 12 for a matchup with Nova Southeastern. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.