Miami scored five runs in the sixth inning and withstood a Milwaukee rally in the ninth to win its second consecutive series to open the 2013 season. The Canes held off the Panthers for a 7-6 win on Sunday afternoon to sweep their second straight series and remain undefeated through seven games.
With a roster that features 12 freshmen, six sophomores, two transfers, and two starting pitchers that, before Saturday, had never made a collegiate start before, it was uncertain how the young guys on the team would handle a higher workload. With a series sweep over Rutgers under their belts, the optimism has started turning into confidence.
After pouring rain delayed the start to Miami’s 2013 season on Friday, the Canes took both games of a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with a win against Rutgers on Sunday to secure a series sweep over the Scarlet Knights. It was the fifth year Miami (3-0) has opened their season against Rutgers (0-3), with the Canes winning their last seven against the Scarlet Knights.
With the season opening up against Rutgers on Friday, the Hurricanes baseball team held Media Day at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Wednesday. Miami will look to rebound after a season that ended earlier than expected, with a loss at home against Missouri State in the NCAA Regionals.
The unofficial start to Hurricanes baseball began on Saturday evening, with the team hosting their annual Alumni Game/FanFest within the friendly confines of Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. The 2013 Hurricane squad got the better of the former players, coming away with a 5-3 win.
On Tuesday afternoon, Lantagne Welch accepted the head coaching position at UC Santa Barbara. She will replace former coach Kathy Gregory, who had coached the Gaucho’s for 38 years before retiring in January.
The Hurricanes concluded National Signing Day on Wednesday with 16 high school athletes officially accepting scholarships to attend Miami. Overall, five of those recruits came from Florida, with four of those residing in South Florida.