Miami Completes the Sweep

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes scored at least one run in the first four innings on their way to a 15-1 victory over Wright State in front of 1,071 in attendance. The #24 Hurricanes improved to 32-16 on the season after completing their first sweep since March 17-19 against Duke.

Yesterday Miami used two home runs in the first inning to get a quick start. Today they got back-to-back doubles by RF Tommy Giles and CF Jon Jay to lead 2-0.

Jay was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in and stole his team-leading 22nd base.

"My job on this team is to knock in runs and just do anything I can to help the team," said Jay, who now leads the team with a .350 batting average.

In the third inning Jay was hit by a pitch for the 33rd time in his career, which ties a UM record.

"I pride myself on that part of my game," said Jay, who is two away from tieing the single-season record of 20. "It helps with my on-base percent and creates havoc because maybe I can steal some bases when I'm on. If the pitch is coming at me, I am willing to wear one for the team."

Eleven different players recorded a hit for the Hurricanes including all nine starters as the Hurricanes had their biggest margin of victory in back-to-back games all season (29-2).

"We were able to score some runs early and get some guys confidence up so I think that is very, very important," Miami head coach Jim Morris said.

Giles hit his seventh home run of the season in the seventh inning and his second in as many games.

"When the team is playing like the way that we are the confidence gets high for the whole team. It seems like when everyone is hitting you seem to see the ball and hit the ball better," Giles said. "I was able to do that and I was able to hit one out last night and today."

LHP Manny Miguelez (6-4) pitched five innings to get the victory and did not give up a run while allowing three hits. Miguelez, the team leader in strikeouts with 66, struck four batters.

Junior RHP Ricky Orta, who has been clocked as high as 96 miles per hour on his fastball this year, earned the save pitching four innings allowing an unearned run and had three strikeouts.

Orta, who lowered his ERA to 5.51, is expected to make his fifth start of the season on May 16 against North Florida.

SS Roger Tomas recorded his third straight multi-hit game going 3-for-4. Tomas is batting .520 (13-for-25) in his last six games.

Miami will open a three-game home series against Wake Forest on Friday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. LHP Scott Maine (8-2, 4.82 ERA) is expected to start for the Hurricanes on Friday for the second straight week.

Notes: OF Dennis Raben made his fifth start in left field and batted ninth for just the second time...1B Yonder Alonso had an OPS of 1.722 during the series...3B Danny Valencia was 5-for-10 in the series with five runs batted in...Miami is 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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