Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
Miami hitting was off the charts tonight, not having seen such an explosion of hits/runs since June 1st, 2015 when Miami beat Columbia 21-3 to advance to the Super Regionals. Resembling more of a final in football than baseball, the Canes opened in the first with 6 straight batters reaching first before the first out having 3 runs as a result. 11 players would come to the plate in the first coming away with 6 runs on 6 hits leaving two. Following the breakout first, life only got worse for the Bison starter Max Loven as the Miami bats unloaded for 5 more runs on 3 HRs which nearly was 4 by matters of inches as the lead extended to 11. By the third, a new pitcher kept the HRs sidelined but Miami’s hitting wasn’t for an additional 3 runs on 3 hits. The 4th was highlighted with a triple and the 4th HR of the game taking the score to 18. By the 5th, the hits were winding down to just two, but the runs still dribbling in with three more to give us a three touchdown lead 21-0, going into the final quarter. An insurance run and 5th HR of the night climaxed the 8th staggering the Bisons wondering what the hell just happened. 22 runs on 21 hits is what happened in a night where everything was pure CANE.
Not only was the offense having a night that was off the charts, but Carson Palmquist was having an equal sort of night on the mound. 74 pitches for 6 innings he was just warming up. Three hits without a walk and striking out six. The highlight of his evening was after opening the third with a triple, proceeded to strike out the next two and a fly out to center to end the inning. Jake Garland sitting on a comfortable lead of 21-0, not having a midweek game settled in nicely only needing 39 pitches to complete his tasking without allowing for a hit. One person reached base via a walk in the 9th before ending with a final strikeout to end game one with a very decisive victory 22-0. Just utilizing the Friday and mid-week starter the BP will be fully rested to bring mayhem onto the Bisons of NDS.
Line up 1-5 remained the same with Kayfus, Villegas, Morales, Romero, and Burke in their usual slots. Zach ,the DH, for tonight batting 6th with Pitelli at 7, Ariel Garcia at 2B, and Gaby Guiterrez rounding it out in right. No change to the Friday night starter: Carson Palmquist.
As earlier mentioned, the bats sizzled from CJ leading off reaching first on a bunt single. Five more following reaching base before Dominic breaks the string at 7 striking out for the first out. Before the first out was recorded 3 runs had crossed the plate highlighted by a pair of doubles from Yoyo and Jacob. 11 batters and 6 runs later and Miami was off to its best start this season.
The second didn’t match in run output but raw power instead. Three HRs and what just missed being 4 consecutive HR by inches. Jacob was the first to flex his muscles going 412′ to left, Zach almost made it back-to-back but caught at the LF wall. However, Dominic and Ariel Garcia would go back-to-back (422′,400′) in a 5-run inning seeing another 11 come to the plate.
The small ball took over the third with a trio of hits (Yoyo,Max,Ariel) to pad the score with 3 more runs. the 4th saw the return of the HR ball complements of Jacob Burke his second,(376′) with two on and a triple by Zach, his second of the year. The 5th would see one last outburst of runs ending the streak at 3 runs for a grand total marathon of 21 runs in 5 innings.
The reserves are called giving the starters a well-deserved rest having everyone with at least a hit with the exception of Edgardo who walked twice but no hits. Miami would go through two scoreless innings before Ariel Garcia in the 8th puts the exclamation point on the victory with the longest HR of the evening, his second, going 434′ to deep left and landing on the track field adjacent to the Light.
It was a night for the long ball and extra bases accounting for 11 of the 21 hits pounded out. Miami had not seen a display of this nature all season and hopefully the beginning of another streak. Piggybacking off a 13-2 victory against Georgia Tech Sunday, it looks like the bats have returned to hit. Everyone had a super performance night but none better than Jacob Burke having a 4-5 evening (2doubles,2HRs,8RBIs). Right behind him Yohandy Morales 4-5 (double,2RBI). Max continues his hitting performance with a 3-4 (double,RBI) evening. Ariel Garcia had his best night of the season 3-5(2HRs,4RBIs). Also with multiple hits: CJ Kayfus 2-5(RBI); Gaby Gutierrez 2-4(double,2RBIs). Zach Levenson recorded his second triple and Dominic Pitelli his 7th HR of the season.
It was quite the night and tomorrow Karson Ligon is expected to do equally well and with the bats finally coming to play they will continue to do so in taking home the series Saturday night and completing with the sweep on Sunday. First pitch tomorrow at 6PM.