The Hurricanes split their doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Panthers on Friday.
Game 1 was a tough game for the ‘Canes, as they dropped it 10-3, with Jesse Lepore having another rough start.
Game 2 was far brighter for the Hurricanes, with Miami taking a 1-0 win after Jeb Bargfeldt gave a gem of a start.
It is hard to tell what went wrong with Lepore after the start of the season, but if the Hurricanes want any chance at postseason play, he will have to be better.
PITTSBURGH – Miami fell in Game 1 of its doubleheader with host Pittsburgh Friday, falling in the afternoon affair by a final score of 10-3 at Charles L. Cost Field.
The Panthers scored five early runs to take control and plated four more in the sixth to widen their lead.
The Hurricanes (15-19, 7-9 ACC) opened the scoring in the second on an RBI single from redshirt senior Edgar Michelangeli that plated sophomore Romy Gonzalez, who doubled to open the frame.
After a sacrifice bunt from redshirt senior Christopher Barr pushed Gonzalez into scoring position, Michelangeli ripped a pitch from Pitt starter Josh Mitchell to left-center for his first hit of the day.
The hosts wasted little time in responding, however, scoring five runs in the home half of the second to take control early.
A three-run triple from Nico Popa and a two-RBI single from Caleb Parry put Pittsburgh ahead and chased junior righthander Jesse Lepore (1-5) after just 1.2 innings.
Miami cut the deficit to 5-2 in the fourth, plating a run on an RBI groundout from junior Brandon Gali.
With the bases loaded on a single, hit batter and walk, Gali grounded out to the left side to score Michelangeli, who led off with a single.
The Hurricanes chased Mitchell just 3.0+ innings
Panthers reliever Sam Mersing (1-1) entered in relief and struck out Nico Baldor and Carl Chester to strand the bases loaded.
Pitt (15-15, 7-9 ACC) padded its lead with a four-run sixth inning.
Mersing pitched the final 5.2 innings to keep the Panthers ahead and allowed just one run.
An RBI single from Barr in the ninth scored junior Hunter Tackett for Miami’s final run of the opener.
With a leadoff single to open the game, senior Randy Batista reached base for the 13th straight game and extended his career-long hitting streak to seven games.
Game 2 of the doubleheader will commence approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the series opener. The series finale is currently scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
Winning Pitcher: Sam Mersing (1-1, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5.2 IP)
Losing Pitcher: Jesse Lepore (1-5, 3 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1.2 IP)
PITTSBURGH – Junior Jeb Bargfeldt continued his run of dominance on the mound, Miami’s bullpen shined, and the Hurricanes topped Pittsburgh, 1-0, Friday night to split a doubleheader.
Pitching on just four days’ rest – two short of the normal six days off – Bargfeldt delivered another gem in his first season as a Hurricane.
He allowed just one hit – a two-out bloop single to center in the fifth – and walked two batters with six strikeouts.
Miami got all the offense it needed on a solo home run from redshirt senior Edgar Michelangeli in the fifth. The Hurricanes out-hit the Panthers 4-2 in Miami’s third shutout of the season.
Closer Frankie Bartow pitched a scoreless ninth to cap four shutout innings by the bullpen and set up a rubber match Saturday at 2 p.m.
Bargfeldt (4-2) lowered his ERA in conference play to an eye-popping 1.19. For the third straight start spanning his last 17.0 innings, the southpaw held the opponent without a run. Over that stretch, the Owasso, Okla., native has 19 strikeouts compared to just five walks.
In nine starts as a member of the weekend rotation, Bargfeldt has a team-best 1.69 ERA.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on the second home run of the season from Michelangeli.
With two outs in the frame, Michelangeli crushed a pitch from Pitt starter Dan Hammer well over the wall in left to put the visitors ahead.
Other than the mistake to Michelangeli, Hammer delivered 5.2 effective innings for the hosts. He scattered three hits and four walks with five strikeouts before being removed with the bases loaded in the sixth.
Pitt reliever Chris Gomez entered in a sticky situation and struck out senior designated hitter Barry Buchowski to keep Miami’s lead at just 1-0.
Bargfeldt didn’t allow a hit until a shallow single to center from Pitt’s Manny Pazos with two outs in the fifth. But he punctuated his impressive outing with a strikeout of Nico Popa, departing after 83 pitches on his sixth and final punchout.
Freshman Evan McKendry pitched a quick sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh when he walked the first two batters of the inning.
Sophomore Andrew Cabezas entered in relief and skirted any damage, inducing a sacrifice bunt and two groundouts to end the inning.
Cabezas pitched a clean eighth inning
The two teams return to Cost Field Saturday for the series finale. First pitch for the contest, slated for broadcast on ACC Network Extra and WVUM 90.5 FM, is currently set for 3 p.m.
Winning Pitcher: Jeb Bargfeldt (4-2, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5.0 IP)
Losing Pitcher: Dan Hammer (0-3, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 5.2 IP)
Save: Frankie Bartow (7)
Tomorrow, April 15, 3:00 P.M Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Michael Mediavilla (3-4, 4.62 ERA)
Radio: WVUM 90.5
Television: ACC Network Extra