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.
The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native has been on a pitch count since his return, but made it all the way up to 89 pitches on Wednesday evening.
Sports aren’t always fair. MacDonagh was cut from the team during the fall of his sophomore year in 2016.
Miami (12-18, 6-8 ACC) got off to a quick start in the first inning with a three-run home run from freshman Gabe Rivera to go up 3-1. But North Carolina (21-10, 10-4 ACC) took advantage of a struggling McKendry to score five combined runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead right back.
Miami (12-14, 6-5 ACC) totaled six hits on the day and didn’t score until the seventh inning.