Big Eighth Lifts Hurricanes Over Gators 9-2

A big Miami eighth inning was the difference in the opening game of a three-game set Friday night at McKethan Stadium as the Hurricanes defeated the Florida baseball team 9-2. Entering the inning the two teams were tied 2-2.

Florida pitcher Darren O'Day coaxed the first two batters in the eighth to ground out before the Hurricanes went to work. After an Alan Ricks double the Hurricanes caught a break on a ground ball to second base. A hard hit ball off the bat of Gaby Sanchez took a high hop and went into the outfield to extend the inning. Ricks came home on the hit. Later Jim Burt's RBI single to left scored Sanchez. With Burt and Joey Hooft aboard, the next batter, Brian Barton hit a three-run homer to make the score to 7-2.

The Hurricanes struck first as leadoff hitter Danny Figueroa led off the game with a triple. After an out, Sanchez singled scoring the first run of the game.

Florida went four scoreless innings before they got on the board in the fifth when Ben Harrison singled and a bobble by the right fielder allowed a second runner to score. Matt Cresap and Jeff Corsaletti both came home to give Florida a 2-1 lead. The lead was brief for the Gators as Miami tied the game one half inning later. A Sanchez singled brought home Figueroa.

The Hurricanes tacked on two runs in the ninth after Matt Barket and Ricks both drove in runs.

O'Day took the loss for Florida as he threw 2.1 innings and gave up five hits and four runs, while striking out a pair. The Gators used five pitchers in the game as Connor Falkenbach started and pitched five innings giving up five hits two runs (one earned) while striking out three. At the plate for Florida Harrison had a pair of hits, while Jonathan Tucker doubled.

Miami starter Dan Touchet picked up the win for Miami as he threw seven innings giving up seven hits, while striking out eight. Figueroa had four hits and scored three times for the Hurricanes.

The Gators continue the three-game series against Miami on Saturday at 2 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.


  • The loss snaps Florida's February win streak at 15.
  • The seven hits were the least amount of hits for Florida since they hit six agianst Miami in the NCAA regional last season.
  • Miami has beaten Florida in four of the last five games at McKethan Stadium.
  • Junior Matt Cresap threw out his first career base stealer and it was also Florida's first caught stealing of the season.
  • Head Coach Pat McMahon is now 3-3 all-time versus Miami.

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