With UM starter T.J. Prunty (5-4) on the mound, FIU opened the game with its first seven batters reaching base and charging out to a 6-0 lead. Prunty allowed the six earned runs on two hits, three walks and two hit batters before Brandon Camardese pitched UM out of the inning.
FIU starter Derek DeCarlo (9-0) scored the win to remain undefeated on the
season, while Arthur Santos earned the save with the 1.0 inning pitched.
The Hurricanes were able to take back two runs in the bottom of the first,
6-2, as Brad Safchik tripled in Danny Figueroa from first. Danny Figueroa
led off the inning with a single to left field. Safchik later scored on a
Kevin Howard single to right field.
UM put two more on the scoreboard in the second inning, 6-4, on a Greg Dini
solo home run to left center to start the inning and later a Safchik
sacrifice fly that brought in Paco Figueroa from third. Paco Figueroa
reached on a single, took second on a DeCarlo balk and stole third.
The Hurricanes furthered the comeback, 6-5, in the third as Jim Burt scored
on Dini's double to right field. Burt reached a batter earlier with a
double to left field.
FIU's Brad Eldred put FIU ahead, 7-5, in the seventh with a solo home run
off Shawn Valdes-Fauli.
With George Huguet on the mound for the Hurricanes in the ninth, the Golden
Panthers were able to score two more, 9-5, on three hits and a walk. Luke
DeBold came in for Huguet and retired the final two batters. Eldred led off
the inning with a walk and moved over on a Hector Nunez sacrifice bunt. He
would move to third on Adam Summerrell's single to second base. Tommy
Duenas knocked in the first run with a single up the middle. FIU's second
run also came in with a single up the middle from Skip Adams.
Miami's rally in the ninth fell short as the Hurricanes mustered two runs to
pull within, 9-7, of FIU. Danny Figueroa led off reaching on an error and
to second on a Derek Taylor balk. Safchik doubled in Figueroa with a shot
deep to left center. Javy Rodriguez then single to right field followed by
a Howard walk to load the bases. Matt Dryer drove in the second run with a
sacrifice fly to right field.
The Hurricanes return to action at Mark Light Stadium tomorrow night against
Bethune-Cookman College for the first of a three-game series at 7 p.m. Game
times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
All three games can be heard over the Internet at www.hurricanesports.com or
on the student voice of the Hurricanes, WVUM 90.5 FM. Saturday evening's
game with B-CC will also be broadcasted on the flagship stations of the
Miami Hurricanes, Sports Radio 560 WQAM and WACC 830 AM Radio Paz (Spanish).
The Sunday afternoon game will be televised by Fox Sports Net Florida.
On the mound for the Hurricanes Friday night vs. B-CC will be sophomore RHP
Dan Touchet (3-2, 4.99 ERA), junior RHP Kiki Bengochea (3-5, 6.71 ERA) on
Saturday and junior RHP Troy Roberson (1-1, 4.76 ERA) on Sunday.
Miami leads the all-time series with Bethune-Cookman College, 9-0, dating
back to the 1983 season. All nine contests have taken place at Mark Light
Stadium. The last meeting between the two schools occurred in the 1999 NCAA
Coral Gables Regional opener, the lone postseason meeting between the pair.
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