Jackson Leads Miami over B-CU 10-5

Sophomore shortstop Ryan Jackson went for 4-for-4 as the No. 2 Hurricanes beat Bethune-Cookman 10-5. The Canes will face the Wildcats again on Wednesday at 6 pm at Mark Light Stadium.

Jackson scored a career-high three runs in addition to tying his career bests for hits and RBIs. The 18-2 Hurricanes were also led by Jason Hagerty, who went 2-5 with a homerun and 3 RBI.

John Housey earned his second win of the season start allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out four. Iden Nazario, Kyle Bellamy and Carlos Gutierrez combined to throw the final 3 2/3 innings to secure the victory. Bellamy inherited a bases loaded 1 out jam in the seventh and struck out 2 batters prevent a Wildcats' rally.

The Canes open the game by having their first four batters reach base. Tekotte led off the game with a single and after a balk he was singled in by Jackson. Alonso followed with a single scoring Jackson who advanced to second on starter Samuel Rodriguez's second balk in as many batters. Raben followed by reaching base on a wlak. Eventually Hagerty singled in Raben and Alonso to give Miami a 4 run 1st.

Bethune-Cookman responded with 4 runs of their own in the top of the second inning. The game remained tied until Hagerty broke the 4-4 tie in the bottom of the third with a solo home run. Jackson hit a lead off home run in the 4th inning to give Miami a 6-4 lead. The Canes added four more runs in the bottom of the 8th to put the game out of reach.

David Gutierrez will make the first start of his Miami career on Wednesday vs the Wildcats. The Canes set a school record on Tuesday as they are now the first Miami team to score 10 runs in six consecutive games.

Quotes:

Jim Morris

"Bethune has a good club. They are a team that has played a tough schedule and has a good record. I am sure tomorrow's game will be tough. The game was really close until the bottom of the eighth."

"We have been swinging the bats well. Jackson is really swinging the bat well. He was our player of the game. A lot of guys are swinging the bats right now and that is very good."

"Bellamy was huge. That is what he has to do for us. He has doen a great job this year versus righties and lefties.

Kyle Bellamy

"It felt good to get out of that jam. I was just trying to throw strikes and get a double play, but I ended up getting the strikeouts. That was big. It felt pretty good."

"The offense is unbelievable. I have never seen anything like this, not even in high school. They have been amazing. They are making it look easy."

Jason Hagerty

"It seems like we are all locked in. Last weekend was crazy. It just shows how prepared all of us are. Dennis has come back and that has definitely been a plus."

"I am playing with a lot of confidence this year. Last year I was not realty able to help the team and almost took myself out of games mentally. This year I am much more comfortable and it is showing."

Ryan Jackson

"The offense has been unbelievable. I have never been on a team that swings that bat like we are right now. We are popping home runs like we are hitting off pitching machines. Hopefully we can keep it going."

"I am having a lot of fun right now. I just trying to keep the game simple and take it one play at a time. It is great to get off to a good start, but the fact we are winning is even better."


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