The Miami Hurricanes won the final series of their regular season on Friday night with a 2-0 victory over the Louisville Cardinals. The Hurricanes moved to 31-17 (19-15 ACC) with the victory and will hope to sweep Louisville tomorrow night. Miami’s win was also key to their hopes to win the ACC’s Coastal Division. Miami entered the day a half game back of Georgia Tech for the division lead.
Miami’s two runs, the only runs of the game, were scored in the second inning. Christian Del Castillo singled to lead off the inning and put a runner on for Yohandy Morales. Morales came through yet again for the Hurricanes, with a two-run home run that proved to be the difference in the game for Miami.
The story of the game for the Hurricanes was the pitching staff. Miami starter Jake Smith was fantastic in his start for Miami. Smith worked 4.2 innings and kept the Cardinals scoreless, striking out six batters while allowing just three baserunners. Smith has begun to hit his stride for the Hurricanes, which will be key as Miami heads into the postseason.
Miami’s bullpen was incredible for the second consecutive night. The bullpen as a whole has been a key part of the Hurricanes’ success over the last couple weeks of the season, and that continued tonight with another dazzling performance. Spencer Bodanza started the outing for the bullpen by getting a pop-out to end Louisville’s best chance to score in the fifth inning. The Cardinals had two men on, but Bodanza got a quick out to end the threat and prevent Louisville from scoring.
After Bodanza exited after 1.1 innings, Andrew Walters and Carson Palmquist combined for three scoreless innings to earn the victory for the Hurricanes. Palmquist, in particular, was fantastic again, earning his 13th save of the season with 1.2 innings of scoreless, two strikeout work.
The Hurricanes win moved them to 19-15 in conference play. Unfortunately, Georgia Tech won on a walk-off homerun and as a result Miami remains a half game back of the Yellow Jackets for the lead of the Coastal Division heading into the last day of the regular season. Miami holds a tie-breaker over Georgia Tech after winning a series over the Yellow Jackets last weekend, but the Hurricanes can’t end the season tied with GT after the third game of Miami’s series against Wake Forest was cancelled. As a result, Miami needs to win on Saturday afternoon and Georgia Tech needs to lose in order for the Hurricanes to win the Coastal Division.
Winning Pitcher: Spencer Bodanza (3-0, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
Losing Pitcher: Jared Poland (0-1, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K)
Save: Carson Palmquist (13)
(Box Score posted when available)
@ Louisville Game 3
Date & Time: Saturday, May 22, 12:00 p.m.
Hurricanes Starter: Jake Garland (5-2, 5.30 ERA)
Louisville Starter: Tate Kuehner (4-4, 3.65 ERA)
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM
Television: ACC Network