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.
If you’ve ever been to a University of Miami baseball game at Mark Light Field, then you must have tried a milkshake. And if you haven’t, well, you probably should.
“It’s definitely one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” Palmquist said. “I just love contributing to the team, even out of the bullpen and keeping the game close so we can have a chance to win.
“Very fortunate to come out with a win,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “The guys are real happy right now. Its kind of a game where you can see guys were looking around and going, ‘oh jeez’. We had the game and the wind was blowing out, but it worked in our favor too.”
“Obviously just a bottom line is they got a lot of hits when they needed them and we didn’t,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said after Sunday’s loss. “With runners in scoring position we seemed to not ever get the big hit and it seems like they got them.”
“Disappointing,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “Came down to the end. Can’t finish the game. Something we didn’t do very good last year, we got to do a better job. Had the game right there where we wanted it. Couldn’t close it out.”
Nine innings of baseball just wasn’t enough for the top two teams in the country.
But after 11 innings, it was only fitting that only one run was the deciding factor between the No. 1 Hurricanes and No. 2 Gators when they squared off Friday night, with the Gators coming away with the 2-1 win.
Just a single week after the 2020 college baseball season began, the top two teams in the country with face off in a three-game series that will determine early season momentum between the storied programs, have postseason ramifications, and possibly more than anything else, will determine bragging rights between the rivals.