The Miami Hurricanes have a lead in their second game of the season, but the game isn’t quite over yet.
Miami got off to a strong start in the game. In the top of the first UM starter Chris McMahon put down Rutgers in order, striking out two. In the bottom of the frame Adrian Del Castillo hit an opposite field home run to give the ‘Canes an early 1-0 lead.
Rutgers put together a response in the top of the third. Four consecutive two-out hits gave the Scarlet Knights a 2-1 lead. The rally started with a Victor Valderrama single, Kevin Welsh followed with a single of his own, and then two doubles from Mike Nyisztor and Richie Schiekofer gave the Knights their first lead of the season.
Miami responded in the bottom of the frame. Tony Jenkins led off the inning with a single, and Adrian Del Castillo followed with his second home run of the night just inside the rightfield foul pole to put the Hurricanes up 3-2 after three.
After that the Hurricanes consistently got runners on base but failed to drive them in. Miami had a huge problem with leaving runners on base last season, something that appears to have continued in 2020.
In the bottom of the seventh the Hurricanes loaded the bases with no outs with a double and two walks. Gabe Rivera came to the plate and launched a grand slam to put the ‘Canes up 7-2.
After the grand slam the game promptly entered a rain delay and will resume Sunday at 12:00 P.M. Eastern. Game three of the series will be played after this game ends tomorrow.