Canes Win Series Over Elon, Now 6-5

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami relief pitcher Jason Santana couldn't have entered Sunday's game versus Elon in a tougher situation.

Santana entered in the fourth-inning after starting pitcher Manny Miguelez found himself in a tough bases-loaded jam with zero-outs and walked in a run giving Elon a 2-1 lead.

But Santana, a sophomore from Coral Gables High, got out of the jam immediately; striking-out Chris Dove and forcing Jordy Snyder and Adam Weaver into force-outs to end the inning without giving up a run.

Miami's offense scored five-runs in the final six-innings to give Santana his second win of the season as Miami (6-5) beat Elon 6-3 to win the series.

"Our player of the game today was Santana because he came in at such a crucial situation," coach Jim Morris said. "Elon had an opportunity to break the game open at that point. That was the turning point of the game and he had a great performance."

Jemile Weeks began the game with a lead-off triple down the right field line, setting the table for UM to take an immediate 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Elon tied the score 1-1 in the second inning with a line-drive single to left field by second baseman Matt Hill.

Miguelez got out of a bases-loaded jam later in the second inning, striking out shortstop Jordy Snyder to end the inning.

Trouble ensued again in the fourth-inning when Miguelez found himself in a tough bases-loaded jam with zero outs. A throwing error by freshman third baseman Mark Sobolewski on a potential double-play allowed Elon to load the bases.

Miguelez walked in a run with Hill at-bat giving Elon a 2-1 lead before being replaced by relief pitcher Jason Santana.

Santana immediately got Miami out of the inning without giving up a run; striking-out Chris Dove and forcing Jordy Snyder and Adam Weaver into force outs.

Miami answered in the bottom half of the inning on a Dennis Raben ground-rule-double to left-center field that was carried by a strong wind blowing out of centerfield, scoring Dave DiNatalie from third base to tie the score 2-2.

Elon pitcher Zach Booker then walked Weeks with the bases-loaded, scoring Raben from third base to give Miami a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth-inning, Raben hit a single to center field, driving in Sobolewski from second base to give Miami a 4-2 lead.

Alonso drove-in Blake Tekotte and Ryan Jackson with a bases loaded single to right field in the seventh-inning to give Miami a 6-2 lead.

With the win, Miami took the series from Elon, the alma matter of Morris, after losing the first game Friday night.

"I am very fond of my alma matter," Morris said. "They were very good to me and going to Elon changed my life. I went to Elon and ended up being a baseball coach instead of going into the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Going to college was the best move I ever made."

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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