#6 Canes Power Past Lehigh 9-2

The University of Miami baseball team picked up its sixth win of the season tonight. The game was close early on but in the end, #6 Miami was too much for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

The Hurricanes (6-1) did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard.

Miami third baseman Mark Sobolewski doubled in first baseman Yonder Alonso to give the Canes a one to nothing lead.

Lehigh (4-6) struck back in the top of the fourth.

With third baseman Brendan McGaheran on third and designated hitter Matt Reitz on second, first baseman Austin Borden hit a bloop single to left to drive in two runs for the Mountain Hawks.

Shortstop Ryan Jackson evened the score at two in the bottom of the sixth with a lined shot to left field that just cleared the wall for his first home run as a Hurricane.

"It felt good," Jackson said. "It's nice to see the ball go over the fence once in a while and get to jog around the bases. It was fun. I had a great time tonight and I'm glad we got the win."

The sophomore infielder is known more for his glove than his bat but has had lots of success so far this season.

"I'm just going out there and trying to make things simple," Jackson said. "See the ball and hit the ball. I'm not trying to do too much and just let things come to me."

Miami added three more runs in the fifth inning that was capped by freshman Joey Terdoslavich's homer deep to right field for his first collegiate home run.

"It was great to do it in front of a home crowd and to get it out of the way," Terdoslavich said. "I was starting to get a little down on myself because I wasn't hitting the ball very hard. I just got a pitch to hit and it felt awesome."

Miami starter Jason Santana's night ended after five and a third innings pitched. The red-shirt junior allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three Mountain Hawks to pick up a win in his first start of the season.

"It felt good," Santana said. "After the fall, I struggled some so I worked really hard over the break to get back and continue where I was last year before I had surgery. "

Freshman flamethrower Iden Nazario relieved Santana and inherited a sticky situation. With runners on first and third and one out, the young left hander struck out pinch hitter Christian Valeriano and first baseman Austin Borden to end the Lehigh threat.

Miami had another productive inning in the bottom of the six. The Canes put up four runs thanks to Jemile Weeks' RBI single that drove in Yasmani Grandal, a Yonder Alonso single to drive in Blake Tekotte and another big hit by Joey Terdoslavich.

The freshman designated hitter doubled deep to center to drive in Jemile Weeks and Yonder Alonso to make it nine to two.

Nazario had another impressive showing on the mound. His one and third scoreless innings were nearly perfect. He struck out four and allowed one runner on by way of a walk.

"I was very excited about the way Iden Nazario came in and threw," Morris said. "He came in throwing 92 to 94 with really good stuff. He threw great from the stretch in particular. We need a lefty coming out of the pen and throwing 92 to 94 is pretty tough to hit."

Sophomore right-hander Anthony Nalepa dominated the eighth inning for the Hurricanes striking out the three Lehigh hitters he faced.

Sophomore John Housey entered the game in the ninth to close it out for the Canes. The game ended on a gold glove catch by first baseman Chris Gawenda. The junior made a diving catch to his glove side to end Lehigh's night.

"The important thing to me today is that we won a midweek game," Morris said. "Last year, we struggled in midweek games and we've got a lot of midweek games this year. Before the game, I told the team we've got to play well not just on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday but we've got to play well in the middle of the week too if we want to stay a top eight team in the country. That's out goal right now. Going into regionals and super regionals, you want to be a top eight team."

It looks like the team responded to Coach Morris' pre-game speech.

"With some teams, you hear losing gets contagious," Jackson said. "That's not the case with us. Last year, we had some midweek games that we should not have lost. We just wanted to come out here in these midweek games and do our job and handle our business. We believe we shouldn't get beat during midweek games. It's good that we came out and did what we were supposed to do."

Second baseman Jemile Weeks, who went 3 for 5 with and RBI, feels the team can use this game a springboard to success.

"We lost on Sunday and we were all mad about that," Weeks said. "We knew that we could get back on a streak as long as we came out and played our game. We came out here today and got the hits. The pitching did great and the defense did great. I think we should be able to jump back on another streak."

Miami is in action again Friday, March 7th when the Canes host the Boston College Eagles in the first of a three game series. The three game set is the first conference series for Miami this year. First pitch is at 7:00 pm.

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