The Miami Hurricanes are twenty games above .500 at 34-14 (14-10 ACC) after a Sunday win against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The ‘Canes managed to win all three games despite multiple fielding miscues, including four today that allowed BCU to score two of its runs.
The Wildcats started out the game by taking advantage of two fielding errors from Miami to score a run and gain an early lead. However, much like the previous two games, the ‘Canes immediately responded to take the lead in the bottom of the first. Jordan Lala led off the inning with a double, and Anthony Vilar followed with a double of his own to tie the game. Adrian Del Castillo walked to put two men on, and after both runners advanced JP Gates drove a sac-fly to score Vilar and make the score 2-1. An RBI single and RBI double from Michael Amditis and Alex Toral respectively drove in two more runs and pushed the Hurricanes’ lead out to three after the first.
Miami tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second. An RBI single from Anthony Vilar scored one run. Then, after Adrian Del Castillo walked to put two men on, JP Gates came to the plate and launched a ball over the fence in left to put Miami in total control with the score at 8-1.
As the game went on Bethune-Cookman scored another unearned run but saw Miami add on five more runs before the top of the ninth. Seven different Hurricanes had an RBI today, and four of them had multiple RBIs, including JP Gates’ four RBI day. Miami had twelve hits and nine walks, and the lineup seems to have found its’ rhythm after a few weeks that saw the offensive output decrease for the Hurricanes.
With Miami leading 13-2 heading into the top of the ninth Bailey Mantilla came in to try to finish the game for the ‘Canes. Unfortunately, Mantilla struggled and allowed three runs before Jeremy Cook came into the game and got the final out.
The Hurricanes swept this weekend, and largely dominated, despite struggling in the field. As Miami goes into their last two weeks of conference play they’ll need to execute better defensively to see their names in the Top 16 seeds later this month.
Winning Pitcher: Tyler Keysor (6-0, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
Losing Pitcher: Isaak Gutierrez (2-4, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)
(Box score posted when available)
Mid-week Vs UCF Knights
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 P.M. Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Not announced
UCF Starter: Not announced
Radio: 790 The Ticket
Television: ACC Network Extra