The Hurricanes got some much needed momentum for the week by getting a monstrous 14-2 win over St. Thomas on Wednesday.
This game was one of the weirdest I personally have ever seen, with Miami drawing 16, yes, 16 walks.
In the top of the second STU actually took the early lead. A leadoff triple set up an RBI groundout to give St. Thomas an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth the Hurricanes got on the board. Michael Burns started the rally with a one-out double, and after that Alex Sanchez drew a walk to give Miami two men on. Edgar Michelangeli then hit an RBI single, and a Joe Gomez walk loaded the bases for Miami. James Davison then walked with the bases loaded to give UM another run, and Brandon Gali cleared the bags with a single to make Miami’s lead 5-1 at the end of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth the Hurricanes got another rally going. Michael Burns and Alex Sanchez both walked with one out to give Miami two men on, and Chris Barr hit an RBI groundout to give Miami a 6-1 lead. Two walks then gave Miami the bases loaded, but the Hurricanes couldn’t plate another run.
In the top of the sixth STU responded by stringing a few hits together, which culminated in an RBI single to bring Miami’s lead down to 6-2.
In the bottom of the sixth Miami struck yet again. Romy Gonzalez connected to crush a baseball for a two-run homer, and later in the inning the Hurricanes loaded the bases. A bases loaded walk gave Miami a 9-2 lead, and a wild pitch moved the lead to 10-2 at the end of the inning.
The Hurricanes put together yet another rally in the bottom of the seventh. A Carl Chester single, followed by a Romy Gonzalez walk gave Miami two men on, and yet another walk loaded the bases for the Hurricanes. With the bases loaded St. Thomas gave up another walk to score another run for the Hurricanes. STU’s staff then struggled again, as ANOTHER WALK plated another run. St. Thomas then got let down by its’ defense, as a dropped fly ball pushed Miami’s lead out even further. A sac-fly then scored another Miami run, and by the time the dust settled in the seventh Miami led 14-2.
The next two innings went quietly, and Miami won 14-2.
Winning Pitcher: Greg Veliz (3-2, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5.1 IP)
Losing Pitcher: Rene Arauz (2-2, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3.2 IP)
Saturday, April 8, 2017, vs Duke, 7:00 P.M Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Jesse Lepore (1-4, 4.38 ERA)
Radio: WVUM 90.5
Television: ACC Network Extra