“I knew the shortstop was shifted over more towards the middle of the infield,” Kayfus said. “I hit it the other way and I knew it was going through. Honestly, I was trying not to get tackled, that’s really it.”
With two months of the season down and only one to go, the Miami Hurricanes enter yet another big conference series at Mark Light Field as the team matches up against the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Sophomore starter Jake Garland (6-1) continued his impressive 2022 campaign, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out seven batters.
The thrilling 14-game win streak for Hurricanes baseball was broken on Thursday night against No. 21 Virginia Tech in a 12-5 loss.
“We were caught up in this moment right now where we got beat up pretty good in the first two games,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “It can jolt you mentally. This game will knock you down, but you have to refuse to be knocked out. There are a lot of blows that you’re going to take throughout the season. I wanted to see what our players are made of.”
“We battled but we could not hold them off. Credit to them, they just kept grinding away at-bats and swinging the bats. They are a good offensive team,” Miami coach Gino DiMare said.
“Thank god, we were able to score five runs in the last two innings to get the victory,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “We battled back. The pitchers that came out of the pen did a great job to hold it over.”
A 6-2 win on Friday, a 5-4 win on Saturday and a dominant 15-5 win on Sunday were the scores to UM's weekend sweep against No. 3 Virginia.
“Ever since we started the season people didn’t think we would be doing what we are doing,” third baseman Yohandy Morales said. “We’re just trying to prove the haters wrong.”
“I don’t know what was going through my head,” Morales said. “I blacked out and I threw the bat. It was an emotional feeling hitting that home run to take the lead. I knew our bullpen was going to come in and shut them down.”
“It’s a good start to the series,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “We got some big hits and answered back after they scored. We outhit them and we outpitched them. I’m very happy with the series opening win and we’ll turn the page and get ready to play tomorrow.”
Miami (23-6, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) comes into its next ACC series after cruising to a 17-1 victory against Florida International on Wednesday.