Hurricanes Baseball Reporter
Miami coming off a very disappointing weekend, there were high expectations that they would turn things around not only offensively which had struggled to find a hit, but for a BP looking for someone to take control of the game. Rather than turning the page and getting back on course, for the first 4 innings tonight, they continued to play in a confused fog struggling both offensively and defensively. The bats were lifeless, our starter was unable to get beyond 4 innings, and had a BP that was marginal at best. If it wasn’t for a breakout 7th inning where FIU went through a depleted BP, the outcome might have been a whole different outcome. In the 7th, for the offense, they turned that troubling page bringing 12 batters to the plate coming away with 9 runs on 9 hits. The FIU BP was in total collapse and the Miami bats took every advantage running off a string of 7 straight hits which not only gave Miami the lead for the first time but it put the game on ice. It was not a pretty game in any sense of the word but possibly the break-out 7th gave our offense bats the push they need to keep turning the pages forward rather than moving in the opposite direction. As for the BP, that is another story and JD needs to go back to the drawing board in tightening not only the BP but getting to the level where our starters can consistently get beyond the 5th inning. This team will live or die on the mound and right now it is spirally in a slow death.
Tonight’s lineup was a bit unexpected to see the return of Lorenzo Carrier back in the lineup. His poor performance since Towson both in the field and with the bat should have kept him on the sidelines for a while. Tonight another 0-3 performance with a pair of strikeouts dropping his average to .226. He has not had a hit since the Towson series. Gino sees something I am missing. He was quoted as saying I am going to use the players that are hitting. Time to practice what you preach. We have plenty of OF ready to be given the opportunity.
Start time on Friday against Boston is 7PM.