Miami baseball excellent pitching leads 3-1 week

CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 24:.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 24:.(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

The Miami baseball team allowed three runs in wins over Bethune-Cookman and Pittsburgh before dropping their series finale against the Panthers on Sunday. Miami beat Bethune-Cookman 9-0 on Tuesday before defeating Pittsburgh 2-1 in 10 innings on Friday night and 17-2 on Saturday.

Pittsburgh scored one run in the first inning and five in the second to take command of the game on Sunday. Miami scored one each in the first and second innings before exploding late to put Bethune-Cookman away. The Hurricanes added three in the sixth and four in the seventh to secure the 9-0 victory.

C.J. Kayfus, Jacob Burke and Dominic Pitelli each had three hits against Bethune-Cookman. Kayfus scored three runs and Burke had three RBIs in the win. Jake Garland had another outstanding start for Miami to improve to 6-1. Garland pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, no runs with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Carson Palmquist and Matt Gilbertson were locked in a pitcher’s duel for most of the game on Friday night. Gilbertson pitched eight innings, allowed six hits, one earned run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Palmquist pitched 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, no runs, with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

Pitching in his second inning, Miami closer Andrew Walter who has been great all year allowed a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Brock Franks to tie the game at one. Kayfus singled home Henry Wallen in the bottom of the 10th to give Miami the win. Miami put the pressure on all game in the 17-2 win on Saturday.

The Hurricanes answered a Pittsburgh run in the top of the first inning with four runs in the bottom frame to take control. Miami added single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth with six in the fourth and three in the seventh on Saturday. Pittsburgh did not score another run on Saturday until the top of the ninth.

Burke was three for six with three runs scored and three RBIs. Maxwell Romero, Zach Levenson and Wallen also had three RBIs each on Saturday. Karson Ligon rebounded from a poor start against Virginia Tech last Saturday. Ligon pitched eight innings, allowing four hits and one run with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Pittsburgh added two runs in the sixth, Miami had three in the ninth. Alejandro Rosario lasted one batter into the third on Sunday. Pittsburgh had five hits, six earned runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in two innings on Sunday off of Rosario on Sunday. Billy Corcoran allowed one run in seven innings for Pittsburgh.

Tatem Levins had two hits in four at-bats with two runs scored and four RBIs in the victory for Pittsburgh. The Miami baseball team falls to 31-9 overall, 16-5 in the ACC after the loss on Sunday. Miami is the only team in the ACC with 30 wins this season. Miami has a four-game in the ACC Coastal and the conference overall.

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The Miami baseball team hosts Stetson on Tuesday before a three-game series at Georgia Tech for next weekend. Georgia Tech entered Sunday25-15 overall and 10-10 in the ACC. Stetson is 18-21 after losing 15-1 to Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. Miami defeated FGCU in the first two games between the teams this season.