Coming into this season, we thought the Miami Hurricanes would be good, but not this good.
The No. 1 Canes (26-4) won their tenth straight Tuesday night as they defeated Division II Nova Southeastern 8-3 to claim their 10th straight win and continue one of the best starts in program history.
Sophomore Danny Garcia got the start for Jim Morris’s club and was efficient in his four innings, but did not get much help from the Miami bats. Besides a Joe Gomez sacrifice fly that brought home Brandon Lopez in the second, the previously hot Hurricanes offense was nowhere to be found. After a fairly clean fifth and sixth innings from reliever Keven Pimentel though, the Canes made sure this amazing streak was not going to end anytime soon.
Zack Collins started the rally in the sixth with a one-out single to right and was eventually brought home by a Lopez sacrifice fly, but amazingly the Sharks just could not find that third out. Willie Abreu delivered a two-RBI triple to bring home Johnny Ruiz and Jacob Heyward and the Hurricanes took a 4-0 lead. Even after a pitching change, Miami stayed locked in as Edgar Michelangeli stroked a RBI single into right and after a Gomez double, Carl Chester drove in two with a sharp single of his own into left-center. With a 7-0 lead, the chants of “We’re number one,” began to break out at Mark Light Field as the Canes were cruising to victory.
Collins doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to extend Miami’s lead to 8-0 and Pimentel was tagged for three runs in the eighth, but it did not matter as Isaiah Musa closed out the 8-3 victory with a 1-2-3 ninth. The win pushed Miami’s record to 26-4 on the season, the program’s 30-game start since they began the 2008 campaign 27-3.
Next up for the No. 1 Hurricanes is UCF tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Mark Light Field.