No. 11 Miami Prevails Over Pitt, 9-8
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — No. 11 Miami finished the fight.
Despite the pesky Pitt Panthers trimming a six-run deficit down to one, the Hurricanes stayed together to prevail
Miami closer Andrew Walters recorded a five-out save to seal the series-opening win, as the Hurricanes downed the Panthers, 9-8, at Charles L. Cost Field Friday evening.
The Hurricanes (32-16, 15-10 ACC) stormed out to a 6-0 lead, ignited by a five-run second inning.
With two down in the frame, freshman Jason Torres singled up the middle to extend the frame.
Torres’ two-out base hit set the stage.
Junior catcher Carlos Perez clobbered a first-pitch breaking ball over the “Blue Monster” in left field to put the Hurricanes ahead, 2-0.
Three batters later, junior Yohandy Morales padded the early cushion.
Morales mashed an opposite field three-run jack to cap off the crooked number.
Torres tacked on a tally with a ground out and a run-scoring single in third and fifth, respectively.
Pitt scratched across a run in the fourth before blasting back-to-back homers in the sixth to pull within three.
But Miami answered immediately.
Pitelli’s 10th home run of the year proved to be the difference, as the Panthers clawed back with a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth.
Walters (8) locked down the final five outs to secure the victory.
Miami starter Gage Ziehl (7-4) tossed 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. The right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits.
Pitt hurler Jack Sokol (6-4) was tagged with the loss after surrendering seven runs and 11 hits across 4 2/3 frames.
The Hurricanes will look to take the series Saturday, as Miami and Pitt meet again at 3 p.m.