Canes Win 1-0, Carrillo Sets School Record

<b>CORAL GABLES, Fla.</b> - With Miami needing a win, the ‘Canes turned to their ace Cesar Carrillo. And he delivered and delivered and delivered to the tune of a 95-mile per hour fastball that ended the game when he struck out Rene Recio in his nine-inning complete game gem shutting out Oral Roberts 1-0 in front of 1,502 fans at Mark Light Field.

It was Cesar Carrillo's school-record 19th straight win. Better yet, Carrillo has still never lost a game as a pitcher at the University of Miami.

And the ‘Canes (23-7) also improved 28-0 when he pitches in a game.

It was Carrillo's first complete game and shut out of the year as he improved to 7-0 on the season and lowered his ridiculous ERA to 0.95 through eight starts and struck out nine while walking none throwing 113 pitches.

In fact, Carrillo was jumping rope 15 minutes after the game ended indicating he probably could have gone another nine.

"This was a real important win for us coming off of two losses to Georgia Tech," Carrillo said. "I had to come out here and give my team a spark."

That's what he did even though Carrillo said that he started off the game a little slow.

In that slow first inning, he still managed to strike out the side.

But for every pitch he threw, Oral Roberts' starter Dennis Bigley matched with the exception of the first inning when the ‘Canes struck for their one and only run of the game.

After Danny Figueroa led off the game with a walk, he stole second base. The throw went in to centerfield and he took third.

His twin brother, Paco, followed that with a single that scored Danny giving the ‘Canes a 1-0 lead.

Any chance for a rally was ended when Paco was caught stealing. Ryan Braun and Brendan Katin followed with strikeouts.

Bigley was unhitable the rest of the way just like he was two years when he pitched a three-hitter against the ‘Canes at Mark Light Field in a 10-1 Oral Roberts win.

But as good as Bigley was striking out eight while giving up only five hits and one run through eight innings, Carrillo was better.

Cruising through the first five innings, Carrillo ran into a jam in the sixth when Brian Aguialar led off with a double down the right field line.

But when the Golden Eagles (13-11) attempted to bunt Aguialar over to third, Kevin Lamb instead swung away as Roger Tomas headed to cover third.

The laser shot was hit right to him and Walter Diaz covered first for the put out keeping Aguialar at second.

Two ground outs later and Aguialar was stranded at third.

The trouble continued into the seventh when Carrillo gave ups back-to-back singles with two outs giving the Golden Eagles runners at first and third, but as he's done throughout the year Carrillo held strong ending the inning on force out at second.

He took control once again in the eighth striking out the side once again as no reliever ever warmed up.

It was Carrillo's night and he finished the job as he started it. With a sizzling fastball blowing the Golden Eagles out of the air.

"Their pitcher came out real good tonight," Carrillo said. "I had to take my game up another notch."

And that's what he did. Just ask Oral Roberts.

The four-game set continues Friday at 7 pm as Ricky Orta will take the mound trying to bounce back from a disappointing start last Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Canes Time Top Stories