Late Heroics Push Canes Past Rutgers 4-2

Canes fans have to go back to 1997 to find the last time Miami scheduled a doubleheader. The Hurricanes won both halves of that twin billing against Coastal Carolina. Miami opened up Saturday's doubleheader against Rutgers on a good note taking game one against the Scarlet Knights 4-2.

The Hurricanes got on the board first when designated hitter Chris Herrmann singled home Scott Lawson to put Miami up 1-0. Miami's second baseman reached on a one-out single in the bottom of the third inning. The junior from Texas also stole second before Ryan Jackson walked and Herrmann came through with his first RBI in orange and green.

The Scarlet Knights struck back in the top of the fifth as they took advantage of poor defense by the Hurricanes. D.J. Anderson led off with a base hit and then came the errors. Brandon Boykin grounded to third but Miami third baseman could not make a good throw to second allowing Rutgers to get two men on with no outs. Following a Michale Lang fly out, Pat Biserta came through with a two-run single to give his team a 2-1 lead over the Hurricanes.

Miami starter David Gutierrez allowed two runs over five innings of work although only one was earned. The junior right-hander tied a career-high with five strikeouts in his first appearance of the 2009 season.

Rutgers removed starter Dennis Hill due to an injury before the start of the bottom half of the sixth inning. The junior left-hander had a good start to his 2009 campaign allowing one run on two hits over five innings pitched. This was Hill's first appearance since 2007 as he missed ass of last season due to a concussion suffered when he was hit in he head by a line drive in 2008 practice.

In relief came junior Kevin Lillis and the right-hander did not have a positive 2009 debut.

The Miami bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Yasmani Grandal led off with a walk. Following a Harold Martinez pop out to first, senior Dave DiNatale doubled down the left field line to put pinch runner Ryan Perry at third and give the Canes two runners in scoring position with one out.

Jason Hagerty struck out to put all the pressure on senior Jonathan Weislow. The Miami left fielder crushed a line drive to left in the second inning that was caught by Jarred Jimenez to end a Miami scoring threat. This time the speedy outfielder came through with a two-run single up the middle to give Miami a 3-2 lead.

Freshman Nathan Melendres extended the Hurricane lead to two on a triple to right-center field to drive home Weislow and end the night for Lillis.

Coach Morris sent out closer Kyle Bellamy to shut the door in the seventh and that's exactly what the sidewinder did. The junior flamethrower stuck out three on his way to picking up his first save of the season. Travis Miller, who relieved Gutierrez in the sixth inning, picked up his first win as a Hurricane.

Miami will try to sweep the Saturday doubleheader in game three of this four game series against the Scarlet Knights. The teams will send two promising freshmen right-handers to the mound. For Rutgers, it will be 6'8" Charlie Law and Miami will counter with Kevin Youst.

Notes

- The Hurricanes committed four errors in this game. This is the most errors since April 13, 2007 when they commited 5 errors against the NC State Wolf Pack.


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