UM Bats Come Alive, Win 14-8

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami (7-5) drove in 14 runs on 13 hits, propelling the Hurricanes to a 14-8 victory over Fordham (0-4) at Mark Light Field Friday night.

Miami's offense was powered the trio of Mark Sobolewski, Blake Tekotte, and Jemile weeks who combined to go 7-for-12, while driving in 13 runs.

"We played very well offensively tonight," coach Jim Morris said. "Scott Maine pitched well, which was very encouraging and we played solid defense. It was good to see us swing the bat well."

Starting pitcher Scott Maine cruised through five innings pitched, allowing no runs, four hits, and just one walk while striking out five.

Miami scored first in the second on a Richard O'Brien single to left field scoring Mark Sobolewski from third base.

In the same inning, O'Brien, Ryan Jackson, and Blake Tekotte each scored a run extending Miami's lead 4-0 in the second-inning.

Tekotte knocked in three runs with the bases loaded in the third on a double to left field giving Miami a 7-0 lead.

Sobolewski crushed a home run—his first home run of his UM career—over the centerfield wall which travel over 430 feet scoring three runs in the fourth giving Miami a 10-0 lead.

In the fifth, Weeks hit a two-run homer over left field and Sobolewski drove in two runs on a single to centerfield to give Miami a 14-0 lead.

Freshman pitcher Michael Rudman allowed Fordham to get on the board in the sixth with a two-run home runs by Bobby DiNardo and John Mollicone cutting Miami's lead 14-4.

Anthony Nalepa entered for Rudman in the seventh inning and walked in a run with the bases loaded, making Miami's lead 14-5, before getting the final out of the inning.

Outfielder Jonathan Weislow recorded his first hit as a Miami Hurricane with a single to centerfield in the seventh inning.

Miami pitcher Teddy Kaufman allowed a one-run home run to Jordan Lert in the ninth inning to make the final score 14-8

Miami's bullpen allowed eight runs in four innings, giving up three home runs and nine hits while walking nine and striking out six.

"Our bullpen did not pitch well," Morris said. "We didn't get ahead of their hitters and when they threw the ball over the plate a lot of the strikes were fastballs that were too high. These young guys have got to step it up."

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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