There is an age-old adage in baseball that good pitching always beats good hitting. Ant it remains even more so in college baseball where the ping of the aluminum bats usually adds major distance to hit balls.
When you think of Miami Hurricanes pitching, the first name that pops into your head is ace Cesar Carrillo who sits a 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA, but there has been a reliable number two starter who comes right behind Carrillo in the rotation who has been quite effective this season and will be as big a reason, if not a bigger reason the ‘Canes will have success this year in the Regional, Super Regional and College World Series.
Meet senior south paw Brandon Camardese.
Like Carrillo, Camardese is undefeated sitting with a 5-0 record. Although his ERA is a bit high at 5.09, it's a bit deceiving because he's put up some great starts, but none that was bigger than his win over Florida State in the second game of the series last weekend that clinched a series win for the ‘Canes.
Although struggling in the first inning when he let FSU's Shane Robinson lead off with a double and followed that with a walk, Carmardese buckled down immediately and prevented FSU from cracking the scoreboard.
"Shane led off with that double. He's a great athlete and the next batter I walked," Camardese said. "I settled down and struck out the next guy and managed to get out of the inning. Even though they got runners on, they didn't score and I was able to get back in the dugout."
That little victory turned out big as Camardese took over the rest of the way.
FSU was able to get single runs in the third and sixth, but could never get a lead.
"It felt real good. It's a big rival for us and whenever we play them, it's a big game. For the conference and just knowing that you beat an in-state team that's a big rival to you."
Overall, Camardese pitched six innings, gave up four hits and two runs, walking one and striking out five.
If that is a sign of what is to come the rest of the way this season for Camardese and the ‘Canes, it's a sign that the ‘Canes will be very tough to beat as he takes the mound Saturday night against Maryland in ACC play at Mark Light Field.
"I feel I am doing good and where I need to be," Carmardese said. "My velocity is up to where it should be at and I am able to pitch to the best of my ability."
Heading into the ACC Tournament, Regional, Super Regional and CWS, having two quality starters is huge because with back-to-back wins in the Regional, the ‘Canes sit pretty waiting for someone to meet them in the championship game, then in the Super Regional, back-to-back wins advances the ‘Canes to the CWS.
Once again, back-to-back wins will put Miami in a great position to get to the championship series where it becomes big once again.
"Going to Omaha two years in a row and coming in fifth place twice, we know we are good enough to make it there and make it there to win. We are very motivated even more to prove to people that we can do it."
And with Camardese at the top of his game, this ‘Cane who is 20-5 in his career at UM, will be a huge reason the ‘Canes will be a tough team to be in the playoffs.
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