Alex Toral and Alejandro Rosario led the No.8 Miami Hurricanes to a 10-0 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Friday night. The Hurricanes moved to 7-4 (4-3 ACC) on the season with the win. Miami put together their best performance of the season so far with 11 hits and four walks on offense to go along with a shutout and 10 strikeouts on the mound.
Neither team could score until the bottom of the third. With two outs, Jordan Lala reached on a walk and then stole second. Anthony Vilar followed Lala with an infield single, and Lala scored when Wake Forest shortstop Michael Turconi missed the throw to first base while trying to get Vilar out.
Miami pulled away in the bottom of the fifth with a five run inning. A walk and a single gave the Hurricanes two men on with two-out for Adrian Del Castillo. Wake Forest intentionally walked Adrian Del Castillo to face his older brother Christian, who stepped up with a two-RBI double to give Miami a 4-0 lead. Alex Toral followed Del Castillo with his first homerun of the year to make the score 6-0.
Alejandro Rosario took advantage of the lead his offense gave him. The freshman was spectacular in his first Friday night start. He pitched seven innings of one hit baseball and struck out a career-high seven batters.
The Hurricanes extended the lead in the sixth. Tony Jenkins reached first base after being hit by a pitch, and Anthony Vilar hit a two-run homerun deep to right field to make the score 8-0 Miami. Vilar was 3-4 at the plate Friday and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
In the seventh and the eighth Miami added another run. In the seventh a walk and two singles made the score 9-0. In the eighth, another two singles scored a run for the Hurricanes, with Christian Del Castillo earning his third RBI of the evening.
Miami has had their best two overall performances of the season in back-to-back games after defeating No.20 FAU 11-2 on Tuesday. The Hurricanes made no errors on Friday night and allowed Wake Forest to have just five baserunners in the first game of the series.
The Hurricanes will try to earn their second consecutive ACC series win on Saturday night with Victor Mederos on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Winning Pitcher: Alejandro Rosario (2-0, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
Losing Pitcher: William Fleming (1-1, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)
(Box Score posted when available)
Vs Wake Forest Game 2
Date & Time: Saturday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
Hurricanes Starter: Victor Mederos (0-0, 4.80 ERA)
Wake Forest Starter: Rhett Lowder (0-0, 5.59 ERA)
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM
Television: ACC Network Extra