THE MIAMI HURRICANES ARE AT .500! Finally, after an eight game winning streak, the Miami Hurricanes are at 25-25, (14-13 ACC). Miami still has work left to do, but this is an amazing run from a young team. With the win Miami sets up a showdown to get back above .500 against No.20 Stetson on Tuesday. It’ll be a tough game, and the Hurricanes will need plenty of support at Mark Light Field, so go out and cheer them on against the Hatters.
This game was a battle from the very start. Miami got off to an early lead. Tony Jenkins was fortunate enough to reach on a dropped third strike. The VT catcher rose to throw, and the ball sailed into right field, letting Jenkins get all the way to third. Romy Gonzalez then cranked a double to score Jenkins and give Miami an early 1-0 lead. Miami would eventually get runners on second and third for Ray Gil, and the freshman drove an RBI single that scored two and gave Miami a 3-0 lead early.
In the bottom of the second the Hokies got a run back on a solo homerun, and things would get even worse in the bottom of the third. Chris McMahon really labored on the mound in the half inning. A few walks resulted in a passed ball scoring a run for VT, making the game 3-2, and then an RBI double tied the game at 3. A throwing error from Romy Gonzalez allowed VT to score another run, and by the end of the third Miami was suddenly down 4-3.
Things deteriorated even further in the bottom of the fourth. Daniel Federman struggled in relief for the ‘Canes, and an RBI double and passed ball made the game 6-3 in favor of the Hokies. Fortunately Miami managed to respond in the top of the fifth, after an RBI single from Dylan Cloonan made the game 6-4 and kept the Hurricanes within reach.
In the top of the seventh the Hurricanes put together a clutch game-tying rally. Romy Gonzalez reached on a walk to start the inning, and Danny Reyes got an infield single to give Miami two men aboard. A double steal put both runners in scoring position, and Michael Amditis came up with a huge two-RBI single that tied the game at 6.
Miami’s relievers would again struggle in the bottom of the seventh though, when another solo homerun gave VT a 7-6 lead. Miami would again respond in the top of the eighth though. Loading the bases and getting a huge two-RBI single from Danny Reyes to make the game 8-7 in favor of the ‘Canes,
In the bottom of the eighth the Hokies tied it up off an RBI single, and that hit would eventually force extra innings in Blacksburg. In the top of the tenth Miami put an amazing rally together. Michael Perez, making one of his first appearances of the year, worked a leadoff walk to start the inning. A wild pitch moved Perez to second, and a single from Romy Gonzalez gave Miami runners on the corners with no outs. Hunter Tackett would strikeout, but Romy Gonzalez would steal second on the play and force VT to intentionally load the bases for Ray Gil. Gil would knock a grounder that scored Perez to make the game 9-8, but Miami wasn’t done yet. Michael Amditis would knock a sac-fly to make the game 10-8, and then Tyler Paige knocked a HUGE two-RBI single to make the game 12-8.
In the bottom of the tenth Jeremy Cook was brought in to close out the game. He allowed a leadoff walk, and eventually let a runner reach scoring position, but he retired the Hokies without allowing anything across the plate. With the win, Miami is back at .500 for the first time since March 30. This has been an incredible run, but the work isn’t done yet for Miami.
Winning Pitcher: Frankie Bartow (4-0, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K)
Losing Pitcher: Andrew McDonald (1-8, 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K)
Mid-Week Vs Stetson
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Andrew Cabezas (6-4, 4.12 ERA)
Stetson Starter: Joey Gonzalez (7-3, 1.79 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM