The Hurricanes baseball team is 20-25 (11-13 ACC) after a walk-off win against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats on Saturday. Miami’s pitching staff struggled in the game, but for the first time in ages they had some offensive support.
BCU jumped on the board first. The leadoff batter knocked a triple off the wall, and later scored on an error to give BCU a lead before Miami even went to the plate. The top of the Hurricanes’ order couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the first, but the bottom of the order gave Miami some offense in the bottom of the second. Michael Burns and Danny Reyes both reached to start the half inning, and Ray Gil launched a monster homerun that gave Miami a 3-1 lead.
Miami’s lead wouldn’t last for very long. In the top of the fourth a walk followed by a triple made the game 3-2, and the game would be tied on a groundout that scored the runner from third. Things got worse in the top of the fifth, when yet another triple scored two more runs for BCU and made the game 5-3.
The bottom of the sixth saw a huge rally from the Hurricanes. Danny Reyes launched a solo shot to make the game 5-4, and later on in the inning an RBI single from Freddy Zamora scored Michael Amditis to tie the game. Miami would follow that by loading the bases, and took a 6-5 lead off a bases loaded walk. However, the Miami pitching staff once again failed to hold the lead and BCU tied the game up in the top of the seventh.
BCU took the lead with some late game offense in the top of the eighth. A string of singles and a sac bunt scored the Wildcats’ seventh run and gave them a one run lead with just six more outs to go. Miami couldn’t get anything out of the eighth, but in the ninth they rallied with their backs against the wall. Two singles gave Miami crucial baserunners, and Danny Reyes drove in the runner from second and tied the game with an RBI double down the left field line. With no outs and runners on second and third, Dylan Cloonan came to the plate looking to give Miami the win, and with a well hit grounder through the legs of the third baseman he did just that, and Miami took the game 8-7.
The Hurricanes fought back again and again in this game, despite an underwhelming performance from their typically strong pitching staff. Tomorrow they’ll have a chance at a sweep, and maybe a chance to build some late season momentum.
Winning Pitcher: Cooper Hammond (2-2, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
Losing Pitcher: Ivan Coutinho (3-3, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K)
Vs BCU Game 3
Date & Time: Sunday, May 6, 1:00 PM
Hurricanes Starter: Andrew Cabezas (5-4, 4.25 ERA)
BCU Starter: Tyler Krull (1-3, 7.00 ERA)
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM