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.
Although the Owls did have an answer for the Hurricanes’ early offensive onslaught, the damage was already done, and Miami won 14-9.
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.
“We played poor defensively, offensively. We were pretty anemic," Miami head coach Gino DiMare said.
“We’ve played them more than any other team in our history,” said head coach Gino DiMare on the history between the two storied sides. “It’s probably over the years the biggest rivalry in [college] baseball.”
When the Miami Hurricanes take the field at Mark Light Field for the first home game of the season in two weeks, the only thing that will be normal will be the game of baseball. Everything else, different.
Miami batted a season-high .323 as a team and hit .400 with runners in scoring position.
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.
"Obviously not a very good start to the series and to the game,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said.
Before the Hurricanes take on the No. 1 Florida Gators in the first series of the season, here is a breakdown of Miami's projected starting lineup: