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No.23 Miami 13, FGCU 4: ‘Canes Build Momentum Heading Into Huge Weekend

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Miami has won six in a row as of Tuesday night.

Credit: Miami Athletics

Miami has won their last six in a row and are 26-12 (10-8 ACC) following a dominant win over the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in the final game of the two schools’ season series. Miami swept the series with the win.

Tyler Keysor got the start on the mound for the Hurricanes tonight, as Slade Cecconi will make his first weekend start in his career this weekend due to an injury to Chris McMahon. McMahon is expected to miss one or two starts depending on how he recovers after leaving his outing against Virginia early last Saturday.

Miami got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Joran Lala walked, stole second, moved to third when Anthony Vilar reached on an error, and then scored on another wild pitch. Adrian Del Castillo then roped a double to right center to score Vilar for Miami’s second run of the inning.

Florida Gulf Coast pulled within one run in the top of the third. Two singles gave FGCU runners on the corners, and a sac-fly scored the Eagles first run of the afternoon to make the score 2-1.

However, Miami began to pull away in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Lala led off the inning with a single and stole second, Anthony Vilar followed with a walk to put two men on, and Freddy Zamora advanced Lala to third with a flyout. Adrian Del Castillo then knocked a two-run double down the right field line to make the score 4-1, and Ray Gil followed with an RBI single to push the lead out to 5-1 and give Miami some breathing room.

After FGCU plated two runs in the top of the sixth Miami put together an eight run rally to put the game out of reach. Two walks put two men on for Gabe Rivera, and he knocked an RBI single to left to score the first run of the half inning. Willy Escala then pinch ran for Alex Toral and stole third to put runners on the corners. Anthony Vilar followed with a walk to load the bases, and then everybody advanced, with Escala scoring, on a wild pitch. Freddy Zamora followed by driving in a run with a groundout making the game 8-3. Adrian Del Castillo kept the line moving with an RBI single, and Ray Gil drove him in with a double. JP Gates then slapped a ball right back up the middle for another run-scoring single to make the score 11-3. Gates then moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error on a groundout off the bat of Tony Jenkins that should have ended the inning. Willy Escala took advantage of the extra opportunity for the ‘Canes by driving a double to deep left center that was just feet short of being a home run to score Miami’s eighth run of the inning and thirteenth of the game.

The final run of the game scored in the top of the seventh inning when a hit by pitch and two singles scored the Eagles’ fourth run of the evening.

Miami has had one of their best stretches of the season over the last week, and they’ll carry a lot of momentum into a road series against No.8 Louisville this weekend. The importance of the three game set this weekend cannot be overstated for Miami. It’s the ‘Canes last series against a highly ranked team, and if they can pull off a series win it would push them onto the bubble to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament.

Game Info

Winning Pitcher: Tyler Keysor (4-0, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)

Losing Pitcher: Sebastian Gruszecki (0-2, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)

Save: None

(Box Score posted when available)

Next Game

@ No.8 Louisville Game 1

Date & Time: Thursday, April 18, 6:00 P.M. Eastern

Hurricanes Starter: Evan McKendry (6-1, 4.12 ERA)

Louisville Starter: Reid Detmers (6-2, 2.24 ERA)

Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM

Television: ACC Network Extra