The Hurricanes got off to a perfect 3-0 start in ACC play with a 14-2 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers Sunday afternoon. Miami finally put together an amazing offensive performance and used it and solid work from the bullpen for a well-rounded win.
Pittsburgh got on the board first in the game though. The Panthers put across runs in both the second and third innings. An RBI single scored Pitt’s first run of the game, and they got out to a 2-0 lead after a single and an error allowed a run to score in the third.
In the bottom of the third Miami took back the lead. Jordan Lala drove in Tony Jenkins with an RBI single. Anthony Vilar followed with a double that scored Lala and scored on the same play when a throw from home to third flew into the outfield. As a result, the ‘Canes led 3-2 after three innings.
The Hurricanes extended the lead in the fourth. A bases loaded walk from Jordan Lala continued an excellent weekend at the plate for the sophomore and made the score 4-2.
The seventh and eighth saw an absolute offensive outburst for Miami. Three runs scored in the second off of an error and a two-RBI single from Luis Tuero, who’s been fantastic since entering the starting lineup. In the eighth, Miami blew the game open with a seven run inning. The scoring started with a Jordan Lala RBI double, and an RBI double and RBI triple from Anthony Vilar and Adrian Del Castillo respectively scored the second and third runs of the inning. Alex Toral then had an RBI hit of his own, and after he moved to third he scored on a wild pitch. Josh Lauck followed with a two-RBI single, his first hit as a Hurricane, that scored Miami’s final runs of the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Miami’s pitching was fantastic. Sophomore Slade Cecconi had his best outing of the season so far. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits across six solid innings. He also fanned seven Pitt batters. The Hurricanes bullpen was even better. Freshman Carson Palmquist continued his great start to the season with two scoreless frames. Spencer Bodanza followed him with a great outing of his own, putting together a scoreless ninth that gave Miami the win.
The Hurricanes sit alone in first place in the ACC Coastal after the first weekend of conference play as the only team in the division to go 3-0 this weekend. The ‘Canes will hope to continue their good play into a tougher week ahead, with a game on the road against No.14 UCF and their first road conference series of the season against Virginia Tech this weekend.
Winning Pitcher: Slade Cecconi (2-1, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
Losing Pitcher: Matt Gilbertson (2-1, 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 P.M. Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Not announced
UCF Starter: Not announced
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