Senior Brad Safchik came through for Miami in the eighth inning hitting a two-RBI triple to right center on Northwestern reliever Evan Blesoff (1-2) scoring Joey Hooft and Erick San Pedro to put UM ahead 5-3. Both, Hooft and San Pedro reached on fielder's choice grounders.
UM reliever J.D. Cockroft (3-0) earned the win for the Hurricanes with 0.1
innings pitched in the eighth. George Huguet earned his fifth save of the
season closing out the ninth.
The Wildcats had opened the scoring, 3-0, in the top of the first inning
with two outs showing. Brandon Ackley first reached with a single, followed
by a walk to David Gresky. Travis Tharp then put Northwestern on the
scoreboard with a three-run home run to right center off UM starter Kiki
Matt Dryer narrowed the Wildcats lead, 3-1, in the second inning with a solo
home run off Pohlman off the scoreboard in left field.
Miami moved closer to Northwestern in the fifth inning, 3-2, on Safchik's
RBI single past the shortstop to bring Danny Figueroa in from second.
Figueroa reached on a walk and moved to second on a Finch balk.
The Hurricanes tied the score, 3-3, in the sixth when Tharp at first base
misplayed a San Pedro pop fly allowing Dryer to score from third. Dryer led
off with a walk, moved to second on a Jim Burt sacrifice bunt and then to
third on Hooft's fly out to right center.
Bengochea earned a no-decision in his start with a season-high 6.2 innings
allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts in 104
pitches. All three runs on Bengochea came on Tharp's three-run home run with
two outs showing in the first.
The Hurricanes return to action this weekend with a three-game series
against Elon University, beginning this Friday. All three games can be heard
on the Internet at www.hurricanesports.com or on the student voice of the
Hurricanes, WVUM 90.5 FM. The Friday night game against Elon can also be
heard on Sports Radio 560 WQAM.
The series with Elon will be highlighted by the ceremonial first pitches by
WQAM's Marc Vandermeer on Friday night and two-time Olympic Medal winner
Jennifer Rodriguez on Saturday. Vandermeer will be making his last call as
the voice of the Hurricanes Friday night, before assuming his new role as
the new play-by-play voice for the Houston Texans of the NFL. Rodriguez, a
speedskater, won two Medals at the recent Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake
City and is a Miami resident.
Hurricanes Top Northwestern 5-3
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