Canes Blast Rutgers 18-9

In Sunday's series finale, Miami's bats came alive as they beat the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights 18 - 9 to take the final game of their four games series.

By Miami started lefty Iden Nazario and the sophomore did not disappoint in his first career start as he picked up his first career win.

"The secret to Iden is throwing strikes," Miami Head Coach Jim Morris said. "He's got good stuff. He's left-handed and throws in the low nineties. If he does that and gets an off-speed pitch over then he's going to be very effective."

The flame throwing lefty held Rutgers to three runs on four hits over six innings of work. Nazario used all of his pitches to strike out a career-high eight Scarlet Knights.

"My fastball wasn't as hard as I usually throw it because I had to take some off and save some energy for the rest of the innings," Nazario said. "The breaking ball gave them trouble and my change-up was really good today."

Scott Lawson continued his big opening weekend as a Hurricane. The junior college transfer from Texas went 2-for-2 with a home run and a double. The speedy second baseman finished the weekend with five extra base hits.

"He's a gamer," Miami shortstop Ryan Jackson said. "He loves to play and had a great series. If I was new, that's how I'd want to come out of the chute."

Jackson was able to break out of his weekend slump in the final game of the series. The junior shortstop was 0-for-6 coming into Sunday's game but finished 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.

"The first two nights I wasn't getting pitches to hit," Jackson said. "I was kind of chasing and being anxious. Today, I got some pitches to hit and I didn't miss them."

Designated hitter Jason Hagerty ended his struggles as well in the bottom of the fifth. The junior switch hitter was 0-for-7 before he pulled a grand slam over the left field fence to give Miami a comfortable 10-1 lead.

"I was struggling and I feel like I was pressing too much," Hagerty said. "Today I just relaxed and tried to take short swings and see the ball early. I feel like I really made a good stride going into next weekend."

Hagerty and the Canes weren't done yet. In the sixth inning the team hit for the cycle capped Hagerty's second home run of the game. This time hitting from the left side, the junior hit a two-run shot deep to right to put Miami up 15-1.

"That's the first time I've ever done that in my life," Hagerty said. "It's always been a goal of mine and it was pretty cool to do."

The Canes added three more runs in the eighth finishing the day with 18 runs on 16 hits on their way to their third victory of the weekend.

Miami is back in action again next weekend when they visit in-state rival Florida. The Canes will take on the Gators in a three game series beginning Friday night at 6:30 PM.


- Freshman Harold Martinez had a big day. The talented infielder was 3-5 with a double and three RBI.

-Jason Hagerty entered the game 0-for-7 and finished with two home runs and six RBI.

- The Canes committed four errors for the third consecutive game. Coach Morris had this to say, "I know that we can play good defense. We've played good defense in intrasquad games. We haven't these four games. It's just a matter of concentration and hard work and getting it done and we're very confident that we can do that as a group."

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