Miami Evens Series 8-4

The University of Miami baseball team (26-26) evened the weekend series with visiting Jacksonville (26-28) by defeating the Dolphins 8-4 Saturday night in front of 1,607 fans at Mark Light Stadium.

Hurricane starter Kiki Bengochea (5-6) picked up the win as he pitched a team-season-high 8.0 innings in the game allowing four unearned runs on five hits, one walk, five strikeouts and one hit batter in 114 pitches. Jacksonville's Bryan Williams (6-3) scored the loss with his 6.0 innings, six hits, six runs (five earned), four walks, six strikeouts and two hit batters in 97 pitches.

The fourth lead change of the game resulted in Miami taking a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning when the Hurricanes scord four runs, including a three-run home run from Danny Matienzo that gave UM a 5-4 advantage.

Jacksonville opened the scoring, 1-0, in the first inning on Bengochea's fielding error at first that allowed B.J. Weed to score from second, unearned. On the play, Phil Nover hit a grounder to second and the relay to first from Javy Rodriguez when in and out of Bengochea's glove. Weed, who doubled, moved to third on the play and then scored on the error.

Miami took the lead, 2-1, in the third on Paco Figueroa's two-RBI single to centerfield that scored Greg Dini and Danny Figueroa. With one out, Dini singled to left center followed by another single from Danny Figueroa that would end up putting runners on second and third.

The Dolphins came back in the top of the fifth, 3-2, scoring two unearned runs on Chad Oliva's two-out, two-RBI single to centerfield that brought in Robby Cichra and Jason Hurst. With one out, Cichra was hit by a Bengochea pitch. Hurst followed with a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, but Bengochea errantly threw the ball past first base to allow both runners to move into scoring position. Weed had struck out prior to Oliva's single.

JU extended its lead, 4-2, in the top of the sixth on Jarvis Fraser's sacrifice fly RBI to left field that scored Alex Jamieson from third,unearned. Jamieson reached with a one out single to left field and moved to third off a throwing error by Paco Figueroa on Juan Menendez' grounder.

Miami surged back in front, 6-4, in the bottom of the sixth scoring four runs on two hits and one error. After Rodriguez reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and Kevin Howard's walk, Matienzo lifted the Hurricanes back in front, 5-4, with his team leading 14th home run of the season, a three-run shot to right center. A batter later, Richard Giannotti was hit by a Williams pitch. He would then score on Jim Burt's RBI double deep to right center.

In the eighth, Giannotti had a one-out solo home run to left center off JU reliever Patrick Sitkins. Burt followed with a single to right field and took second on a Sitkins balk. Dini then hit a single up the middle to bring in Burt for the 8-4 lead.

Miami and Jacksonvilleconclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard over the Internet at www.hurricanesports.com or on the student voice of the Hurricanes, WVUM 90.5 FM.

The Hurricanes' flagship station Sports Radio 560 WQAM will also be carrying the Sunday gamestarting at 1 p.m. on WQAM then to WKAT 1360 AM at 3:30 p.m. Fox Sports Net Florida will televise the Sunday game against Jacksonville.

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