Canes Get Back on Track With Win Over Stetson

With Peter O'Brien set to miss a month or more with an injury, you knew the Hurricanes would have to find a way to win ugly, as some would call it.

That means that they will have to get solid starts, find a way to scratch a few runs across and get superb pitching out of the bullpen. On Wednesday night, the Canes were able to do just that to get a much-needed win over Stetson. Their success started with Javi Salas. He has been very good in his midweek starts thus far and Wednesday's start was no exception to that. Salas threw 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits and two runs (one earned). He struck out five and didn't walk a single batter. Most importantly, he held off Stetson rallies long enough to allow the UM offense to get going.

It did take a little while for the offense to get going. Miami didn't manage to get a hit until the fourth inning and didn't score until the fifth. No one would refer to Wednesday's offensive output as an explosion, but it was a good illustration of what Miami is going to have to do with O'Brien on the shelf. They will have to emphasize fundamentals and someone is going to have to step up to try to replace some of O'Brien's production.

In this game, two players, Stephen Perez and Jarred Mederos, stepped up with big home runs and the Canes used a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt to score another run. It wasn't picturesque, but it got the job done.

Once they established the lead, the Hurricane bullpen did a good job of slamming the door shut. Christian Diaz, Eric Nedeljkovic and A.J. Salcines combined to throw 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out four and walking none.

Above all else, it was important that Miami get back out on the field and get a win coming off a disappointing weekend and ahead of a tough weekend series at Florida State. The Hurricanes did just that.

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