Canes Hammer Bethune-Cookman 14-2

Miami (24-23) picked up the series victory over visiting Bethune-Cookman College (35-20) with a 14-2 win Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Stadium.

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 middle.

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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