“We fight,” sophomore guard Mykea Gray said, who led UM with 19 points. “That’s one thing I can say about our team. No matter how down we are at the moment, we always find a way to bounce back.”
“Del Castillo swings the bat as well as anybody we’ve had here in a while as a freshman,” DiMare said.
“I’ve talked about setting the tone for the season, and I don’t think you can draw it up any better than that,” DiMare said.
Highly touted high school prospect Alex Toral struggled mightily during his freshman season for the Hurricanes. However, his sophomore campaign has been a different story. The power-hitting first baseman slugged his second home run in as many games to lead the Hurricanes to a 7-1 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday evening at Alex…
“I look forward to every game. Hopefully I can do this for another 35 years,” Pate said.”
“This is our first game together and we looked pretty good,” Del Castillo said. “We aren’t even close where we need to be, so I think we are going to be pretty strong.”
As his strong play drew more attention from opposing teams, pitchers began to throw around him, choosing to give him a free base rather than allowing him a chance to hit a home run. This lowered scouts’ interest, but it was not Toral’s fault.
“This can’t be real; it almost feels fake,” said Cabezas, who was the No. 544 overall pick. “I can’t believe I’m going to live out my dream and play professional baseball with a great organization like the Minnesota Twins. It feels amazing. I’m at a loss for words right now.”
Freshman right-hander Chris McMahon guided UM (17-23) through the first four innings of Wednesday night’s game unscathed. But the Panthers (19-21) found a chink in his armor in the top of the fifth inning.
The win marked just the second time the Panthers have beaten the Canes. UM now leads the all-time series 17-2.