The Hurricanes won the series opener, 12-4, on Friday night, before falling to the Wildcats, 3-1, on Saturday. It was the second consecutive home series win for Miami after defeating Long Beach State two of three games two weeks ago.
UM starter Troy Roberson (2-1) scored the win for the Hurricanes on the
mound pitching a pre-game determined 4.0 innings with one earned run on two
hits with two walks and one strikeout. Vince Bongiovanni started the fifth
inning for UM.
B-CC starter Jason Dooley (8-5) scored the loss allowing UM's first eight
runs over 2.0 innings pitched.
The Hurricanes out-hit the Wildcats 14-7 in the game, including home runs
from Richard Giannotti, Danny Matienzo and Kevin Howard. Giannotti led all
batters by going 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBI.
Matienzo went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI.
For the second straight game B-CC's Wes Timmons got the Wildcats going with
a solo home run to left field in the first inning. Timmons, the No. 2
batter, also homered to left field in the first inning on Saturday.
Giannotti put the Hurricanes ahead, 3-1, in the second with a three-run
homer off the scoreboard in left field. Giannotti's first collegiate home
run also scored Jim Burt and Matienzo. Burt led off the inning with a double
down the right field line and moved to third on Matienzo's single up the
Brad Safchik made the score 4-1 later in the second when he hit a two-out
single to centerfield to score Paco Figueroa from third. Figueroa drew a
one-out walk, moved to second on a Danny Figueroa ground out and to third on
a Dooley wild pitch.
Miami put four more on the scoreboard in th third inning, 8-1, on four hits
and three B-CC errors. Javy Rodriguez led off with a walk and moved to
second on an errant throw off a failed pick-off attempt by Dooley. He would
then score on Howard's shot to left field that was dropped by the
outfielder. Burt followed with his second double of the game to left field
scoring Howard. Matienzo then knocked in Burt with a RBI single up the
middle. Dooley was replaced with Seth Jerue. Matienzo moved to second when
Jerue missed the first baseman on another pick off attempt. Giannotti
followed with a single through the right side, moving Matienzo to third.
Matienzo scored on Greg Dini's sacrifice fly RBI to centerfield, with
Giannotti moved to second on the play.
Dooley went 2.0 innings allowing seven hits, eight runs (six earned), two
walks, one strikeout and one wild pitch.
Matienzo put UM ahead, 10-1, in the fourth with his two-run home run deep to
centerfield off Jerue. Matienzo's team-leading 11th home run of the year
also scored Howard, who was hit by a Jerue pitch.
Later in the fourth, Jerue was removed for Noah Garland after giving up a
single to Giannotti. Jerue went 1.2 innings with three hits, two earned
runs, one walk, one strikeout and one hit batter.
With Bongiovanni on the mound in the sixth, B-CC scored its second run,
10-2, on Jose Vazquez' RBI single to left field scoring Timmons from third.
Timmons had walked, moved to second on a Erick San Pedro passed ball and to
third on Jose Ramos' fly out to centerfield.
Howard extended UM's lead, 11-2, in the sixth with a solo home run to right
field off Garland.
The Hurricanes added to their lead in the seventh, 14-2, scoring three runs
on three hits with reliever Doug Hosterman on the mound. Giannotti led off
with an infield single to third base. San Pedro then singled up the middle.
Alex Blanco was able to load the bases with a walk. After Kevin Mannix
popped out, Matt Barket brought in the first run of the inning with a
bases-loaded RBI walk. Joey Hooft followed with a two-RBI single to left
field to score San Pedro and Blanco.
Miami next travels to ACC-power Georgia Tech for a three-game series
beginning Friday at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game times for the Georgia Tech
series 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. The Friday and Saturday night
games can be viewed over satellite television on Fox Sports Net South.
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