Miami Grounds FAU 16-7

The #2 Miami Hurricanes won their 9th game in a row on Wednesday night. The Canes were led by junior left fielder Dave DiNatale who had a career high 4 hits and 5 RBI. Sophomore John Housey(3-0) allowed 4 runs over 5 innings to notch his 3rd win of the season.

Sophomore shortstop Ryan Jackson went 2-4 with 3 RBI and two runs scored. Blake Tekotte had 2 hits, including his 2nd home run of the season. The junior centerfielder now has an 11 game hit streak. Mark Sobolewski and Jemile Weeks each had a pair of hits.

FAU designated hitter To Hatcher hit a grand slam in the first inning, which gave FAU an early 4-0 lead. Miami responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the first. Tekotte led off with a double and moved to third on Weeks' bunt single. A Yonder Alonso sacrifice fly and a Dennis Raben double shrunk the deficit to 4-2. Ryan Jackson's RBI groundout made it, 4-3. Housey would settle down from that point and throw 4 scoreless innings. He allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits, walked three and struck out two. Alex Koronis relieved Housey and only allowed one run and struck out 4 batters in 3 innings of work.

Dinatale hit a two run home run in the bottom of the third to give Miami a 5-4 lead. After Blake Tekotte walked, stole second and moved to third on an error, Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make it, 6-4.DiNatale added a two-out RBI single bottom of the fifth extending the Hurricane lead to 7-4.Tekotte ignited a five-run sixth inning, when he led off with his second home run of the season. Jason Hagerty added on RBI on a fielders choice. Jackson's RBI double made it, 10-4. DiNatale follwed with a floater over the first baseman's head that resulted in a 2 run double. FAU added a run in the top of the 7th to make it, 12-5.

Sobolewski and Jackson responded with RBI base hits to make the score 14-5. In the 8th, Jonathan Weislow ahad an RBI double and Iden Nazzario hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 16-5. UM tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double from Jonathan Weislow and a sacrifice fly from Iden Nazario to make it, 16-5. FAU(16-10) scored a pair of runs in the top of the 9th off Miami reliever P.J. Fisher to make the final score 16-7.

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes will make a trip across town to face FIU at 6 p.m. at University Park. Sophomore right-hander David Gutierrez (0-0, 3.48 ERA) is the probably starter for Miami.


Ryan Jackson

"We just came out and swing the bats. We have been hot for a couple of weeks now. It is awesome to see the way that this line-up is producing."

"I just went up there and tried to help the team. I did my job today and helped with the offense. It is always good when I can contribute in that way"

Dave Dinatale

"On the home run, I could not get the bunt down, but I came back with a home run. They had a good lefty up tewre and I was not trying to do too much, but it worked out."

"We came back and fought today. We just relaxed and stuck with our approach. We have a lot of confidence. We all know we can get the job done. Our offense is the top in the country. We are hard to beat."

Jim Morris

"It was scary early. FAU has a very good club. Their starting pitcher has a very live arm. Our guys battled hard and this is a big win for us."

"The biggest thing was DiNatale tonight. He was our player of the game. Jackson has been doing a great job all year. He added a couple of hits and RBI tonight."

"All of our guys know the guy next to them are capable. That is part of being 22-2. Our guys are playing with a lot of confidence."

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