After a slow start to the game, the Hurricanes' offense showed its prowess with three runs in the fourth inning and and a four-run seventh inning, resulting in a 8-3 win Wednesday night.
This weekend represented the first genuine series sweep all season for the No. 18 Miami Hurricanes and head coach Gino DiMare.
“We’ve got some catching up to do and just winning two out of three and winning the series isn’t going to be good enough," Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. "When we have a chance, we’ve got to try to get the sweep."
The Hurricane bats were noisy early and often Saturday night as they cliched the weekend’s three-game series a night early, winning their second game over the Duke Blue Devils in as many evenings, 11-5.
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Sitting at 5-6 in ACC competition entering another three-game set, Miami essentially needed this series victory over Virginia to keep its hopes alive for at least a berth in the NCAA Regionals, let alone to have a chance to host for the first time since 2016.
Right out of the gates, the Canes were aggressive on the base paths and were able to put a run on the scoreboard despite not recording a hit in the inning.
Miami’s hitting was ineffective at Virginia Saturday afternoon as the Hurricanes were unable to clinch the three-game weekend series Saturday at Davenport Field at Disharoon Park, falling 4-0.
Freshman left-handed closer Carson Palmquist struck out a career-high six batters, including the final three, through two-and-one-third innings, as Miami held off Virginia (9-12, 3-10 ACC) 8-6 in the ninth inning at Davenport Field on Friday.
Although the Owls did have an answer for the Hurricanes’ early offensive onslaught, the damage was already done, and Miami won 14-9.
Arguably the most embarrassing weekend in recent memory for Miami Hurricanes baseball, the three games resembled almost every ounce of haplessness not witnessed very often at Mark Light Field.
“We played poor defensively, offensively. We were pretty anemic," Miami head coach Gino DiMare said.