Miami topples No. 1 Virginia
Hurricanes jump to quick 5-0 lead and never look back
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 16 Miami tacked on five runs in the opening inning and never looked back as it ran away from top-ranked Virginia 6-2 in an ACC baseball series opener Friday night at Davenport Field.
Zeke DeVoss started the game with a double and later scored on a stolen base by Rony Rodriguez when the throw from Virginia catcher John Hicks was over the head of second baseman Keith Werman. The toss allowed Rodriguez to take the base and DeVoss to scamper in for the 1-0 lead.
Rodriguez came in during the next at-bat with junior Harold Martinez lacing a single to right field. Miami (32-16, 17-7 ACC) staked a 3-0 lead when freshman Dale Carey hit a sharp ground ball to short that forced Cavaliers shortstop Chris Taylor into an error, and Martinez scored on the play.
Two more runs were added on by Stephen Perez with a sharply hit double down the right field line to the corner, allowing both Brad Fieger and Carey to score and Miami led 5-0.
Virginia (43-6, 20-5 ACC) made it 5-2 when left fielder John Barr came in on a fielder’s choice. The throw from Miami’s Fieger at third was into the glove of freshman catcher Shane Rowland but the ball popped out on the tag attempt.
Radziewski earned the win for the Hurricanes, improving his record for the year at 8-2. The loss went to Danny Hultzen, lowering his record to 9-2. Sam Robinson collected his sixth save of the year.