The Miami Hurricanes earned their 20th win of the season with another shutout victory on Saturday night. With the win the Hurricanes won the series against the Florida State Seminoles for the first time since 2016.
Chris McMahon followed Evan McKendry’s performance with an incredible game of his own. The sophomore worked seven innings, allowing just three hits while striking out nine. Daniel Federman and Greg Veliz worked two innings to finish things out, allowing just one hit and striking out three combined.
Miami got on the board in the bottom of the third off of a Gabe Rivera solo home run. Rivera has moved into a role in the starting lineup over the last few weeks and he’s made a big contribution at the bottom of the order.
In the bottom of the fifth the Hurricanes added on their final three runs. JP Gates led off the inning with a double, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Jordan Lala walked after Gabe Rivera struck out to put runners on the corners with one out for Anthony Vilar. Vilar responded by hitting an RBI single that put runners on the corners yet again. Freddy Zamora followed with an RBI fielder’s choice, then stole second, and scored on an Adrian Del Castillo RBI double. FSU starter CJ Van Eyk left the game with two out in the inning; neither FSU starter has made it five innings in the series, Drew Parrish threw four and one third last night, and Van Eyk made it just four and two thirds tonight.
McMahon didn’t allow a hit over his final two innings to shut down the FSU offense and take away their hopes for a comeback. Nander De Sedas’ reaction to a lineout in the seventh inning summed up the feelings of the entire Seminoles lineup, as he flipped his bat and shook his head at himself or the baseball gods as he took a frustrating walk back to the dugout.
On the Miami side of things the Hurricanes played a great game for the second night in a row. The pitching staff dominated FSU hitters the whole night, the lineup put together a rally and enough runs to have a comfortable lead, and Miami played a clean game with no errors for the second night in a row.
Tomorrow Miami goes for the sweep of FSU. With a win the ‘Canes would be 8-7 in the ACC and could potentially move as high as second in the Coastal Division.
Winning Pitcher: Chris McMahon (2-2, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K)
Losing Pitcher: CJ Van Eyk (3-3, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)
Vs FSU Game 3
Date & Time: Sunday, April 7th, 1:00 P.M. Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Brian Van Belle (4-2, 3.23 ERA)
FSU Starter: Shane Drohan (2-0, 1.67 ERA)
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM / 990 ESPN DEPORTES
Television: ACC Network Extra