Woodrey Tosses One-Hit Shutout in 3-0 Victory
|W – T. Woodrey (6-1)||9.0||1||0||0||3||7|
|L – J. King (4-4)||7.0||3||2||2||2||1|
|UM – C. Barr||3||1||2||1||0||0|
|UM – Z. Collins||3||0||1||1||1||0|
|PLAYER OF THE GAME|
|Thomas Woodrey | Jr. | LHP
The junior lefthander delivered a scintillating performance, tossing the first complete game of his career in a 3-0 win. He struck out a career high-tying seven and allowed just one hit.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Paced by Miami’s first complete-game, one-hit shutout in over a decade, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes captured their 10th straight victory Thursday night at Mark Light Field, toppling Georgia Tech 3-0.
Junior lefthander Thomas Woodrey, who needed 112 pitches to get through the best outing of his career, did not surrender a hit after a first-inning single by Yellow Jackets’ third baseman Matt Gonzalez.
“I felt good in the bullpen before the game,” Woodrey said. “I was just able to carry it out to the field and get ahead of hitters, for the most part. I know I had a couple of walks, but for the most part, just [threw] strikes and let my defense work for me.”
Miami entered the opener with nine straight games of nine-plus runs, and had scored double-digit runs in five straight. But the story of the night was Woodrey (6-1), whose performance marked the first of its kind since J.D. Cockroft accomplished the feat in May 2003.
The southpaw allowed three walks but struck out a career high-tying seven, keeping the Jackets (32-20, 13-15 ACC) off the basepaths and facing just three batters over the minimum.
The game lasted just 2:09 – the shortest of Miami’s season.
“With this game, you have to start and finish talking about Woodrey’s performance,” head coach Jim Morris said. “Great performance pitching, stayed ahead of hitters most of the night. He did a good job locating and keeping them off balance.”
Woodrey said the team’s pitching staff hasn’t felt overshadowed during the Hurricanes’ recent run of offensive fireworks.
“Our hitting has been great. There were some crazy stats that came out…run support has been huge all year,” Woodrey said. “The pitchers have been able to do what they’ve done because we’ve had leads and were able to go right at people to build on what our team is doing offensively.”
The complete game shutout was the first since a similar outing from Andrew Suarez against Bethune-Cookman in last year’s NCAA Coral Gables Regional.
Georgia Tech’s Jonathan King was largely up to the task, scattering three hits and just two earned runs in seven strong innings. An RBI single from Christopher Barr in the third inning opened the scoring for Miami (40-13, 20-8 ACC), while an RBI groundout from George Iskenderian padded Miami’s lead to 2-0 in the fifth.
That was more than enough for Woodrey, who did not allow a baserunner in five of his nine innings.
“With Woodrey putting up zeroes in every inning, it was great,” Barr said. “Especially on defense. It makes you want to make the next great play. If he’s throwing strikes like that, it boosts the defense’s confidence.”
Miami loaded the bases in the first but was unable to score a run off King (4-4), as junior David Thompson grounded into an inning-ending double play. The Hurricanes broke the scoreless tie in the third, with Barr singling home Ricky Eusebio, who doubled to open the inning.
“We weren’t thinking it was going to be a low-scoring game at that point, but we knew Woodrey was pitching great,” Barr said. “I had already sacrifice bunted earlier, this time Coach Morris let me swing the bat.
“He wanted me to get him over any way possible.”
The Hurricanes added insurance in the eighth, when Barr singled to open the inning and took second on a sacrifice bunt from Iskenderian. Sophomore Zack Collins extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double into the left-center gap, plating Barr and giving Miami a 3-0 lead.
Woodrey allowed a one-out walk in the ninth, but retired Georgia Tech slugger AJ Murray on a flyout to end the game.
Morris said the batter would have the last of the night for Woodrey, who was at 112 pitches, regardless outcome.
“Tiring, for starters,” Woodrey joked when asked about his feelings on a complete game. “No, it’s fun. It’s different going out there for the ninth, knowing it’s your game and you’re getting to finish. It’s a good feeling, it’s a good atmosphere.”
Miami returns to Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field Friday for Game Two of its series with Georgia Tech. First pitch for the game, slated for broadcast on ESPN3, 560 WQAM and WVUM 90.5 FM, is set for 7 p.m.