The Miami Hurricanes finished the regular season at 32-17 (20-15 ACC) after a 3-2 win over the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. Louisville was swept at home for the first time since 2005 by the Hurricanes this weekend as Miami had one of their best series of the season so far. Miami clinched the No.4 seed at the ACC Tournament with the victory, but missed out on the ACC Coastal Division title after Georgia Tech defeated UNC on Saturday afternoon.
Miami got yet another great start on Saturday afternoon. Jake Garland began the game for the Hurricanes and worked five one-run innings to earn the victory for Miami. An RBI-double in the third inning scored the only run Garland allowed and gave Louisville an early 1-0 lead in the game.
The Hurricanes responded to take the lead in the top of the fourth. Anthony Vilar led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and Yohandy Morales followed him with a single to give Miami runners on the corners with nobody out. Adrian Del Castillo came through with a clutch RBI-single that tied the game at one before two strikeouts and a walk loaded the bases with two outs. The Hurricanes took advantage of the bases loaded opportunity when Jordan Lala hit a two-RBI single that gave Miami a 3-1 lead.
Miami’s bullpen was fantastic again on Saturday afternoon, allowing just one run that should not have scored. In the bottom of the sixth a dropped third strike and a walk gave Louisville two men on with one out. Andrew Walters forced Cooper Bowman to pop out to second, but Anthony Vilar dropped the ball as he was transferring it out of his glove. Vilar appeared to clearly catch the ball, but the umpires ruled that Bowman was safe on the play, and loaded the bases for Louisville despite the fact that Miami would have gotten a force out had Vilar not caught the ball, as both Cardinals runners had returned to their bases. The next at-bat saw a groundout that should have been the last out of the inning instead score a run to make the score 3-2. The call completely changed the game for Miami and resulted in the Hurricanes having to protect a one run lead for the last three innings of the game.
Fortunately for Miami, Daniel Federman worked a fantastic 2.2 innings to close out the game and earn his first save of the season. Miami’s bullpen allowed just three hits and four total baserunners on Saturday afternoon, and they’ll hope to continue their strong performance over the last couple of weeks into the ACC Tournament next week.
Miami’s pool at the ACC Tournament will feature Florida State and Duke along with the Hurricanes. The schedule for the tournament has not yet been released, but the tournament begins Tuesday afternoon.
Winning Pitcher: Jake Garland (6-2, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)
Losing Pitcher: Tate Kuehner (4-5, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K)
Save: Daniel Federman (1)