Canes Win 6th Straight

The Miami Hurricanes (8-4) won their sixth straight game, 10-2, over visiting Lipscomb University (2-8) in front of 1,547 fans Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Stadium. The win also completed a three-game sweep of Homestead Challenge play this weekend along with wins over FIU (6-2) and Kansas State (11-4) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. All-time, Miami is 13-1 in Homestead Challenge games since 1998.

UM starter Kiki Bengochea (1-2) earned the win tying a season-high with 6.0 innings pitched with five hits, two earned runs, one walk, two strikeouts and one hit batter. Lipscomb starter Matt Edwards (0-3) took the loss.

Offensively, Miami out-hit Lipscomb 16-6, including five doubles and one home run. Individually, four UM batters had three hits, including Javy Rodriguez, Danny Matienzo, Matt Dryer and Haas Pratt. Pratt led the team with three RBI, while Jim Burt and Matienzo each had two.

Lipscomb opened the scoring, 1-0, in the second scoring once on Nathan McCorkle's RBI double deep to left center that brought in Matt Candler from second. Candler reached on a hit by pitch and moved to second on a Kyle Jackson single.

The Hurricanes tied the score, 1-1, in the second when Burt scored from second on Pratt's RBI single up the middle. A batter earlier, Burt doubled to left field.

Miami went ahead, 3-1, in the third scoring twice on three hits and an error. With one out, Kevin Howard reached second on a single and an errant throw by the second baseman. He then came in on Matienzo's RBI double to right field. After Matienzo moved to third on a balk and Kevin Mannix walked, Matt Dryer came up with a RBI single to left field scoring Matienzo.

The Hurricanes added a run in the fourth, 4-1, when Rodriguez scored from third off a fielding error by the shortstop on a Howard grounder.

UM extended its lead, 8-1, in the fifth with four runs off five hits on Edwards. Mannix led off with a single to right field. Matt Dryer followed with a double to centerfield to put runners on second and third. Burt then cleared the bases with a double, his second of the day, down the left field line. Pratt drove in Burt with a single up the middle. Later in the inning, Pratt scored from second on Rodriguez' RBI line drive to right field. Lipscomb scored once in the sixth on Jeremy George's RBI double down the left field line that scored Brent Hastings. Hastings led off with a walk and moved to second on Ryan Abrams' single to right field.

Edwards was replaced with reliever David Patton to start the sixth. Edwards went 5.0 innings with 13 hits, eight runs (seven earned), a walk, three strikeouts, a wild pitch, a balk in 101 pitches.

Miami answered in the bottom of the sixth, 10-2, scoring two runs on Patton. Matienzo led off with a home run deep to right center, his seventh on the season. After Mannix grounded out, Dryer singled to right field. Dryer stole second and took third on an errant throw by the catcher. Following a Burt walk to put runners on first and third, Pratt came up with a RBI single to centerfield bringing one run in.

The Hurricanes return to action next weekend at the Kia Baseball Bash held Goodwin Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Miami will face Southern California on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (EST), followed by Cal State Fullerton Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday against Houston at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard over the Internet at hurricanesports.com and on the radio on the student voice of the Hurricanes, 90.5 FM.

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