Jay and Alonso Hit Homeruns in 13-4 Victory

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes defeated Louisville, 13-4 on a beautiful afternoon in front of 1,282 in attendance. With the victory, Miami improves to 6-3 on the season with an upcoming home weekend series against Florida beginning on Friday.

Junior RHP Ricky Orta earned his first win of the season pitching five innings giving up two runs and two hits while striking out five batters.

"It was kind of weird in the beginning because I had not started in a while," Orta said. "After the first inning I felt pretty confident with all of my pitches especially my cutter—it was working well today."

With the big lead throughout the game Miami was able to play a number of guys against Louisville, who played their first game of the 2006 season. The Hurricanes used a total of 16 players including seven freshmen.

"It is good to get those guys in there because we are going to need them later on," said Miami head coach Jim Morris. "We are kind of banged up right now and we got some guys in the lineup that had not been playing due to guys not being 100 percent."

OF Jon Jay hit his second homerun of the season on a 1-2 pitch to right field driving in Jemile Weeks to give the Hurricanes a 4-0 lead in the third inning.

"I was just trying to pull the ball to move the guy on base over," Jay said. "Fortunately for me I got a pitch up that I could handle."

Last season Jay hit just one homerun in 57 games after hitting six as a freshman in 2004.

"In the offseason I worked on a lot of the little things in the weight room and I got stronger. I also worked on my swing a little bit to get more lift," Jay said.

1B Yonder Alonso also hit his second homerun of the season when he got a hold of one in the sixth inning sending it to the opposite field clearing the left field fence.

Alonso currently leads the team with 15 runs batted in as Jay trails him with 10.

SS Walter Diaz, who came into the game 1-for-12 on the season, hit a bases clearing double in the fourth inning to give the Hurricanes a 10-2 lead after Louisville made a pitching change.

Diaz finished the game 2-for-4 with four runs batted in.

Miami relievers, RHP Jason Santana and RHP Marcelo Albir, combined to pitch 4.0 innings in relief giving up two runs on three hits while striking out one and walking five.

Louisville's ace B.J. Rosenberg only pitched 2.1 innings giving up six runs on six hits.

Florida comes into Coral Gables ranked #2 in the nation according to Baseball America.

UPCOMING SERIES vs FLORIDA

Friday, Feb 17, 2:00 - RHP Carlos Gutierrez (3-0, 1.15 ERA)

Saturday, Feb 18, 1:00 - LHP Manny Miguelez (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

Sunday, Feb 19, 12:00 - LHP Scott Maine (season debut)

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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