Miami starter T.J. Prunty (4-0) remained undefeated on the year with a career-long 7.0 innings pitched, four hits, no runs, two walks, five strikeouts and two hit batters in 94 pitches. The 7.0 innings pitched were a season-long by UM starter in 2002, while the four hits and no runs were a season-low by a starter.
UCLA starter Chris Cordeiro (1-3) scored the loss as he went 5.0 innings
with 10 hits, seven runs (five earned), two walks, three strikeouts, one
wild pitch and one intentional walk in 100 pitches.
In the game, Howard, Matienzo and Safchik each continued career-long hit
streaks with 20, 19 and eight, respectively. Rodriguez and Mannix also
continued hitting streaks to 10 and nine games. The 20-game streak by Howard
ties for the fourth longest at Miami, while Matienzo's 19-game streak is
tied for the fifth longest.
Miami opened the scoring, 3-0, in the second inning as the Hurricanes sent
seven batters to the plate. With one out, Matt Dryer drew a walk. He then
scored on Jim Burt's RBI double down the left field line. After Kevin Mannix
recorded the second out of the inning, Joey Hooft hit a double off the wall
in left center to score Burt. Hooft came around to score off a throwing
error by the shortstop on a Danny Figueroa grounder.
The Hurricanes extended their lead, 4-0, in the third on Kevin Howard's
ground out to second base that scored Javy Rodriguez from third. Rodriguez
led off the inning with a single up the middle, stole second and moved to
third on Danny Matienzo's ground out.
Miami went ahead, 5-0, in the fourth on Brad Safchik's RBI single up the
middle that scored Figueroa from third. Figueroa reached on a single and
moved to third off an errant throw on a failed pick off attempt by Cordeiro.
In the top of the fifth, UCLA loaded the bases on Prunty with no outs.
Prunty struck out Josh Arhart for the first out, then forced Adam Berry into
an inning ending double play.
UM pushed its lead to 7-0 in the fifth as seven batters came to the plate on
Cordeiro. Matienzo led off with a single to centerfield. Howard followed
with a double off the wall in centerfield to put runners on second and
third. After Dryer popped out, UCLA intentionally walked Burt to load the
bases. Mannix then drove in the first run, Matienzo, with an infield single
to third base. Howard would score on Hooft sacrifice fly out to left field.
In the seventh, Howard led off with a solo home run to right center off
reliever Mike Castillo to make the score 8-0. It was Miami's first home run
in five games, since the first game of the Rutgers series.
UCLA voided the shutout in the eighth inning, 8-2, with UM reliever Vince
Vazquez on the mound. After retiring the first two batters, Vazquez gave up
consecutive singles to Berry and Wes Whisler. On a wild pitch, both runners
moved over a base, then Berry came in after a throwing error by catcher
Erick San Pedro. Brandon Averill drove in the second run, Whisler, with a
single to right field.
The Hurricanes conclude their series with UCLA Monday night at 7 p.m. The
game can be heard on the Internet at www.hurricanesports.com or on the
student voice of the Hurricanes, WVUM 90.5 FM.
Miami will also play a Tuesday night game against Northwestern at 7 p.m. at
Mark Light Stadium, before hosting Elon University in a three-game series
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