Baseball Wins Eighth Straight Behind Career Night from Ewing
March 22, 2011
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The first time Michael Broad hit a Grand Slam in a Miami Hurricanes baseball uniform, it was in an exhibition game against the Florida Marlins earlier this year. This time, it meant a lot more as Broad ripped a shot over the scoreboard at Alex Rodriguez Park, propelling the `Canes to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Knights of UCF on Tuesday night.
The other hero of the night was sophomore pitcher Stephen Ewing (2-1, 2.48 ERA) who went a career-high 7 1/3 innings for the Hurricanes (13-8), striking out a career-high 12 – the most by any UM pitcher this season – and picked up his second win of the season.
In a quick game that lasted just 2 hours and 14 minutes, Miami struggled early at the plate against UCF (16-5) starter Brian Adkins (3-1, 2.51 ERA), managing just two hits through the first five innings. For tonight’s starting pitchers on both sides, it was the second time the two have squared off against each other, while attending the same high school in Orlando playing for University High School.
A solo homerun by UCF’s Derek Luciano in the top of the third had the `Canes trailing going into the bottom of the sixth. Stephen Perez singled up the middle with one out, and advanced to second on a balk by Adkins. Nathan Melendres then hit an infield single, and the rally was on for UMiami.
Then came Harold Martinez, who was playing his eighth-straight game at first base, ripping a single to right field and extending his hit streak to seven games, while loading the bases in the process. Coincidentally, Martinez, who had struggled early through the year, has hit .500 since the move to first, and the `Canes have won each of those eight games.
Broad stepped up and hit a deep shot into the night that put the Hurricanes up for good and handed Adkins his first loss of the campaign. The Hurricanes would combine for a season-high 15 strikeouts to keep the Golden Knights scoreless over the final six innings. The 15 strikeouts by the `Canes was a team season-high.
Miami continues its six-game home-stand tomorrow night against Florida Gulf Coast (12-9) who defeated USF on Tuesday night, 9-5, in Fort Myers. Freshman left-hander AJ Salcines (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will get the start for the Hurricanes, while fellow lefty Kevin Bryant will take the mound for the Eagles of FGCU.
Wednesday’s game is slated to begin at 6 p.m.
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University of Miami Postgame Notes:
With the win, the Hurricanes are now…
Martinez Continues Tear
A Career Night
A Bomb for Broad
Faces in the Crowd