Hurricanes Secure Series with a 7-1 Victory over Rutgers

The Miami Hurricanes (2-0) secured their first series win on Saturday night defeating Rutgers (0-2) 7-1. Game two got off to a much slower start for the Miami Hurricanes but a fourth inning bomb from Alex Toral ignited another great hitting night for the team. Michael Amditis and Toral led the way with two RBIs each. Freddy Zamora and Adrian Del Castillo both contributed two hits and combined to score three runs on the night.

After giving up a run early in the second inning, Hurricane starter Chris McMahon settled in. The 6’2″ right-hander would finish the game with four strikeouts and only allowing three hits. Once McMahon exited, the hurricanes bullpen continued the lights out pitching performance. Freshman Slade Cecconi pitched the sixth and seventh innings allowing no runs on two hits and recording two strikeouts. Following Cecconi, Daniel Federman shut the Scarlet Knights out in the eighth before closer JP Gates struck out the side to end the game.

“The bullpen was outstanding,” DiMare said. “We gave Slade an opportunity and we’ve got to make a decision now on our number four for Wednesday…I thought he threw pretty good. Federman was just lights out and so was JP. It was good to have those two guys at the end. When they get on the mound, they get after guys and that’s good.”

Rutgers starter Harry Rutkowski kept the Hurricane hitters off balance for the first four innings of the game. In the fifth inning, Del Castillo led things off with a single to right field. With Del Castillo on first, Alex Toral put the Hurricanes in front with a towering shot just inside the right field foul pole. The following inning was even more productive as Adrian Del Castillo’s single up the middle drove in Anthony Vilar to make it 3-1 Canes. Rutgers reliever Eric Reardon would enter the game and walk the bases loaded. With the bases loaded and no out, captain Michael Amditis got his first hit of the season with a two run single to center.

“After that home run, I feel like the energy in the dugout just boosted,” Toral said. “The next inning, we had another big inning. Mike Amditis’ big hit up the middle that also got it going. We had the bases loaded there. I think we could’ve take a bit more advantage in that inning, but I think we did a great job.”

The Hurricanes would manage to score two more runs in the fifth to push the lead to 7-1 which would end up being the final score.

Seven Hurricanes had hits in last night’s game while four managed to drive in runs. Alex Toral now leads the team early in the season with two home runs in as many games. Freddy Zamora is leading the team with a .556 average so far and is tied with Del Castillo and Toral leading the team with four RBIs.

The Hurricanes will look for the series sweep today at 12 p.m. at Mark Light Field!


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