Evan McKendry (1-1) picked up his first win of the season and the fifth of his career, recovering nicely from the previous weekend when he surrendered four earned runs in a costly fourth inning. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when Jonathan India doubled on a 3-2 count.
Redshirt senior Michael Perez belted his first career home run with a two-run blast after a leadoff double by Michael Burns. Later in the frame, redshirt freshman Michael Amditis drove in former Gator Danny Reyes with a two-out RBI single. Then the defending national champions delivered.
Despite registering only three hits in the fourth inning, the Tigers capitalized on multiple Miami miscues to score five runs, leading to a 9-0 Missouri rout.
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.
Morris has become one of the most well-known names in baseball and has inspired players throughout their college and major league journeys.
Rutgers took advantage of the Canes’ defensive blunders and capitalized with RBI-singles from Kyle Walker and Dan DiGeorgio to take a two-run lead that would ultimately be enough.
The home run was the first blast Reyes hit at the Division I level since June 4, 2016, after the Miami Springs native spent the 2017 season at Broward College.
Despite suffering an early 2-0 deficit, the Canes poured in seven runs in the third inning to build a lead from which the Scarlet Knights could not recover.