Carrillo Looks to Improve 15-0 Career

He doesn't remember what it's like to lose a game. Why, you ask? Because Cesar Carillo is undefeated as a pitcher at the University of Miami, not just by record, but whenever Carillo has taken the mound at any time during a game as a Hurricane, the ‘Canes have always won.

Miami is 19-0 when he took the mound last year and 5-0 when he's taken the mound so far this season--a perfect 24-0 when he appears in a game.

Losing is not in the vocabulary of the 6-foot-3, 177-pound junior right handed pitcher.

"Every time I go out to the mound, I believe I will win," Carillo said.

So far, there's no physical evidence to dispute Carillo's believe, something that's a joy to the ears and eyes of Hurricane fans.

After posting a 12-0 record last year as a sophomore together with a 2.69 ERA, he earned Third team All-America honors while pitching 113.2 innings.

He capped the year off by winning his start against LSU in Omaha at the College World Series.

Although the ‘Canes proceeded to lose the next two games and finish the season disappointed, Carillo was the bright spot of the team pitching eight innings giving up two earned runs and seven hits in a 9-5 win over LSU.

"That was one of the best experiences of my life," Carillo said. "There was like 20,000 LSU fans and only about 5,000 UM fans. To beat them with that crowd behind them was unbelievable."

But Carillo is far from satisfied which drove him to work out hard during the off season.

"I needed to get stronger and gain weight," Carillo said. "It gives me more stamina now to have the confidence to start throwing my fastball at 92-93 in the first inning rather than holding off on it until like the fifth inning."

With his top three pitches being a fastball, a two-seamer and a curveball, he's able to utilize his fastballs earlier in games and it's proven by his microscopic ERA this season as he's open up the year with a 3-0 record and a 1.61 ERA while striking out 36 in 28 innings.

Last year, his worst inning was the first inning as Carillo had a dreadful 7.88 ERA in the first inning.

But through four starts, Carillo has not given up a run in the first inning, earned or unearned, showing the work he put in has paid off.

Nothing though is more important to Carillo than winning a National Championship.

"That's why I came to Miami," Carillo said. "I am here to win the National Championship. Anything less and the season would not be a good one."

To help the cause, the ‘Canes are now a part of the ACC and will benefit a great deal from having to travel more to places like Georgia Tech, North Carolina and more.

"I think it will help to travel more," Carillo said. "Last year, we were in Omaha for like ten days and I think going away will prepare us more for that."

And playing for coach Jim Morris is something Carillo appreciates.

"It's great playing for him," Carillo said. "He always puts us in the position to succeed."

Even if that means Carillo never gets to swing a bat while at UM something he did in high school.

"I've never asked to go to the plate," Carillo said laughing.

But from the success that Carillo has had on the mound, the ball might land over the wall if he picked up a bat.

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