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Miami 16, VT 4: Domination

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The ‘Canes extended their win streak to seven games Saturday.

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The Miami Hurricanes are 24-25 (13-13 ACC) after their seventh straight win Saturday. Miami scored early and often, bolstered by a two homerun, four RBI performance from Tony Jenkins. Tomorrow now brings the long awaited chance for Miami to get back to .500. Additionally, we’ll now definitely see the ‘Canes in the ACC Tournament, as the win today clinched their spot.

Miami put up five runs in the top of the first. Freddy Zamora led off the game with a single, and Tony Jenkins came to the plate and drove a high fastball over the fence in left for his first career homerun. Romy Gonzalez then reached on an infield single, and Danny Reyes knocked a ball to leftfield for another single, moving Gonzalez to third on a hit-and-run. Ray Gil was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Michael Amditis drove a bases clearing double to right-center to give Miami a 5-0 lead before VT even sent a batter to the plate.

The Hokies got some runs back in the bottom of the first. A sacrifice fly and a few RBI singles scored three for VT, but Miami would add even more on in the top of the second. Freddy Zamora earned an infield single, and Tony Jenkins followed by connecting for his second homerun of the day. By the bottom of the second Miami had secured a 7-3 lead.

After the rough top of the first McKendry really settled in on the mound for the ‘Canes. Eventually going eight innings and striking out eight. The eight strikeouts pushed him over 100 strikeouts on the season. He’s the first Hurricane to hit that mark since 2014...

In the top of the fourth the Hurricanes tacked on another few runs. Tony Jenkins led off with a walk, and two consecutive hit batsmen loaded the bases for Miami. Danny Reyes would then come through with a sacrifice fly, and Dylan Cloonan knocked an RBI single to make the game 9-3.

In the bottom of the fifth the Hokies got their last run of the day on a solo homerun from JD Mundy, but in the top of the seventh the Hurricanes would extend their lead again...

A single and a walk from Ray Gil and Michael Amditis started the inning for Miami and forced a quick pitching change. A bunt single from Willy Escala loaded the bases, and Freddy Zamora knocked a two-RBI single through the left side of the infield to make the game 11-4. The Hurricanes would reload the bases for Romy Gonzalez, and the junior knocked another two-RBI single to make the game 13-4. Danny Reyes then knocked an RBI single, and Dylan Cloonan followed with a ground rule double to make the game 15-4. The Hurricanes sixteenth and final run of the game came off the bat of Alex Toral, the freshman connected for an RBI groundout that did all but end it, if it wasn’t over already.

In the ninth we saw the first appearance of Greg Veliz in a very long time for Miami, and he allowed nothing out of the Hokies and Miami took the game 16-4. Miami is batting .310 over this stretch of seven wins (credit to Josh White on that stat), and they have to continue that into tomorrow’s game, which may just be the most important game of the season.

Game Info

Winning Pitcher: Evan McKendry (6-6, 8.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K)

Losing Pitcher: Connor Coward (1.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 1 K)

Save: None

Box Score:

Next Game

@VT Game 3

Date & Time: Sunday, May 13, 1:00 PM

Hurricanes Starter: Not announced.

VT Starter: Not announced.

Television: ACC Network Extra

Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM