June 4, 2010
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Hurricanes Hold off Big Green
By Christina De Nicola
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
CORAL GABLES, Fla. –
Through five innings, the University of Miami
Hurricanes looked like the top seed during Game 2 of the Coral
Gables Regional Friday at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light
Fueled by three three-run home runs and a solo
Miami jumped out to an 11-0 lead by the
But following an hour and eight-minute lightning
delay, the Canes looked like a different team and had to hold
off a late
rally for a 12-8 victory.
“Wow, I’m not sure what to say,” Hurricanes coach
Jim Morris said. “We played so well the first five or six
innings. We came out after the lightning delay, and it was
another team on the field. You just have to play nine innings.”
After leadoff hitter Zeke DeVoss struck out
swinging to start the game, seven consecutive batters reached
The Hurricanes (41-17) took a 6-0 lead in the
first with three-run home runs by Harold Martinez and Michael
Broad. For Martinez, it was his team-high 20th
dinger. Broad, who drove in four runs, notched his sixth long
“It was a fastball low and in, and I was just
trying to put metal on it and hit it good, and it got out,”
Broad said. “It was a good feeling.”
Scott Lawson added a blast, his sixth of the
year, to extend the lead to 7-0, while Chris Pelaez joined the
homer parade with a three-run blast to right, his 10th
of the season.
But Miami wouldn’t score again until the eighth
inning off Pelaez’s RBI single to left.
Right-hander Eric Whaley, making only his third
career start, went four scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
“I felt pretty good; I felt like I was hitting my
spots and mixing it up,” Whaley said. “They put the ball in
play, too, and the defense did their job. All around, I thought
it was a pretty good effort.”
First out of the bullpen, right-hander Joe
Lovecchio (1-0) earned the win despite giving up five runs on
six hits in 3.1 innings.
Charged with the loss was right-hander Kyle
Hendricks (4-6) who allowed 11 runs on 10 hits in three-plus
innings for the fourth-seeded Big Green (26-18).
Dartmouth, the Ivy League champion that hadn’t
seen action since May 16, got on the board in the sixth when Joe
Sclafani hit a two-run shot (his second of the year) to right to
make it 11-2.
Soon after, the game was halted because of
lightning in the area.
The Big Green produced a four-run eighth to make
things interesting at 11-6 with five hits and an error. Sam
Bean, who finished 4 for 5 with two runs and a RBI, got the
inning started with a one-out double.
Two other relievers would take the mound before
Canes closer Daniel Miranda was forced into the game with
runners at the corners and one out in the ninth and the score
12-7. Sclafani already had added a solo home run in the inning,
and with the tying run in the hole, Jake Carlson grounded out to
Miranda for the final out.
Miami will face second-seeded Texas A&M (41-19-1)
tomorrow at 4 p.m., following a game between third-seeded
Florida International (36-24) and Dartmouth.
“Certainly you’d rather have guys feeling better
about themselves,” Dartmouth coach Bob Whalen said. “I think we
did that in the latter part of the game, but when you play at
this level you’ve got to play for nine innings.”