The No. 2 seeded Miami Hurricanes opened the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 7-0 win against No. 3 seeded Oklahoma State.
Hurricanes manager Jim Morris did not make the trip to Louisville as he is still recovering from pneumonia. Instead, assistant coach Gino DiMare served as head coach in the wake of Morris’ absence.
Miami managed 12 total hits including three from sophomore catcher Garrett Kennedy. Kennedy added three RBIs and one homer helping the Hurricanes advance in the Louisville Regional.
Sophomore pitcher Chris Diaz delivered an impressive performance against the Cowboys allowing just three hits and tallying ten strike outs, a career-high.
After Miami’s victory, DiMare told Hurricane Sports, “I thought Diaz was outstanding as he always is. He got ten groundball outs and ten strikeouts. The first ball they hit in the air was in the seventh inning with one out, it was the only flyball out he got. Chris did what he always does, he gets people out.”
As a result of Miami’s outstanding pitching, Oklahoma State was held scoreless and limited to just four hits.
The Hurricanes will return to the field on Saturday to face the winner of No. 4 seeded Bowling Green and the No. 1 seeded host Louisville.
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