The Miami Hurricanes are 27-25 (16-13 ACC) after their tenth consecutive win. This game was sloppily played by Miami, but a strong performance from Evan McKendry and some timely hitting gave the ‘Canes another huge win on Senior Day.
The win sets up a chance for Miami to sweep tomorrow, and if they do that and have a strong performance in the ACC Tournament, an at-large bid is still on the table for Miami. The ‘Canes have gone on an incredible run over the last few weeks, and no matter the outcome tomorrow, it’s been incredible to watch.
However, this game was one of the most stressing. The Hurricanes had 6 errors, and I promise you that isn’t a typo. Miami looked unfocused and lethargic at the start of the game, and if it wasn’t for a great performance from Evan McKendry this game could’ve gotten very out of hand. Fortunately for the ‘Canes the young righty bailed them out, and kept the chance to sweep alive.
Boston College jumped on Miami early. In the top of the first the Eagles got off to a quick lead with an RBI single. In the second a series of errors gave BC a runner at third, and a perfectly executed safety squeeze made the game 2-0 in favor of the visitors from Boston.
In the bottom of the second Danny Reyes put the ‘Canes on the board with a monster shot to left center field. After that, the game stayed at 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth. Willy Escala doubled to open the half inning, and he was driven in off an RBI single from Tony Jenkins that tied that game at two. A double from Romy Gonzalez later scored Jenkins, making the game 3-2 in favor of Miami. The ‘Canes would add a third run in the inning on an RBI groundout, and by the end of six Miami led 4-2.
Boston College got one back in the top of the second on a fielder’s choice after an error, and that spelled the end of McKendry’s day. Fortunately Miami’s bullpen didn’t allow a run over the rest of the game, and the Hurricanes held on to win a game that they were fortunate to even be in.
It was special to get this win on Senior Night, and the most important game of the season comes tomorrow. Miami will recognize the career of Jim Morris before the game, and it will be his final game at The Light after a storied career. Miami needs to win, and hopefully the community will come to The Light to root for a Jim Morris led team one last time. Let’s hope for some Mark Light Magic!
Winning Pitcher: Evan McKendry (7-6, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 11 K)
Losing Pitcher: Dan Metzdorf (1-8, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K)
Save: Frankie Bartow (4)
Vs Boston College Game 3
Date & Time: Saturday, May 19, 1:00 PM (Pregame Festivities Start at Around 12:30)
Hurricanes Starter: Chris McMahon (1-1, 4.44 ERA)
Boston College Starter: Brian Rapp (3-5, 3.57 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM