Cesar Carrillo tied a career high for strikeouts in a game with 10 and pitched his second complete game of the season. Catcher Eddy Rodriguez went 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and knocking in a run on a solo homerun.
"Cesar is always strong at the end," Head Coach Jim Morris said. "He was at 92 pitches going into the last inning and he was still throwing hard with a good breaking ball. He goes after hitters. He gets ahead of the hitters."
"All three of my pitches were working out there today," Carillo said. "I felt like I could throw any pitch on any count, but you have to give it to them, they got three runs off of me."
Danny and Paco Figueroa set the table in the first inning for the Hurricanes, scoring two-runs. Braun dropped a bunt to advance the twins to second and third base, while John Jay and Danny Valencia drove the Figueroa brothers in.
Carillo did not allow a Jacksonville batsman to reach base until the third inning, when designated hitter Preston Pehrson smacked a double to right field and centerfielder Doug Fowler reached on a single. Both runners scored on infield hits—one earned and one unearned—knotting the score up at 2 into the bottom of the third inning.
After that inning, Carrillo only allowed one hit the rest of the game.
"That one inning, they got a couple hits and put together a little rally, but that is baseball," Carrillo said. "I just had to shut them down there we could get a couple of runs and hopefully come out with a win."
In the fifth inning, Rodriguez stroked a double to leftfield and scored on a single hit by second baseman Danny Robitaille, giving the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead.
"That was the game winning hit. That was a big hit," Morris said.
In the sixth inning, Carrillo set a career high in strikeouts for a season by dialing up his 92nd strikeout of this season. He finished the game with 96 strikeouts on the season.
In the seventh, Rodriguez hit his fifth homerun deep to leftfield to give the Hurricanes a 4-2 lead. Jacksonville starting pitcher Donald Brickle was relieved by Andrew Laughter. Brickle allowed four earned runs, nine hits and had one strikeout in six innings of work.
"I felt good today," Rodriguez said. "I am just happy that Cesar got another win today. Every Friday we are playing for him, so hopefully he gets that record."
Once Carrillo had a lead, he did not relinquish it.
"My teammates battled for me, so I had to battle for them," Carrillo said. "They got a couple of runs and I was not going to let them down, so I stepped up my game."
Leftfielder Jon Jay continued his steady hitting, going 3-for-4 on the night with one RBI.
The Jacksonville series is the final home series of the season. On Saturday seniors Vince Bongiovanni, Brandon Camardese, Paco Figueroa, Brendan Katin, Dan Touchet, and redshirt junior Danny Figueroa will be recognized before the game.
UM welcomed back this years first round draft pick, Antrel Rolle back as he threw the ceremonial first pitch before tonight's action.
UM Wins 4-2
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