In sports, they always say to play like it’s your last game. In 2020, the Miami Hurricanes baseball team learned this the hard way.
Van Belle signed with the Boston Red Sox while Keysor signed with the Cincinnati Reds.
McMahon, Zamora picked in second round of MLB Draft, Toral, incoming freshmen likely to return in 2021
Junior Chris McMahon was selected No. 46 overall while junior Freddy Zamora was picked at No. 53 overall.
Cecconi is the highest player drafted since 2016.
But relief came for these student-athletes, and not just those who were facing an early exit from athletics, as the council voted to extend eligibility to all spring sport athletes, regardless of year in the program. This decision effectively grants all spring student-athletes a redshirt for the suspended 2020 season.
The Canes improve to 11-4 and 3-0 in conference on the year. They also earned a sweep in their opening conference series for the first time since 2014.
Starting pitching continued show its muscle for the Hurricanes (10-4, 2-0 ACC), who now have won their opening conference series for the fifth consecutive year.
“They pitched me pretty tough, but I feel comfortable right now,” Toral said. “I know the numbers don’t show too much but I feel good right now and I like the way I feel.”
Miami struggled with hitting and left 11 runners on base, struck out 11 times and batted 2-15 with men on base.
With a score tied at 3-3, Miami’s offense went on a tear in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored five runs.
“I think we were barreling up a lot more balls,” Vilar said. “Having better at bats and just seeing our pitches and driving it.”
In just his third start of the season, Van Belle posted a career high 14 strikeouts in Miami’s 2-1 win over Towson Friday night at Mark Light Field.