No. 1 Miami Defeats No. 16 Virginia in Series Finale
CORAL GABLES, Fla. No. 1 Miami struck early for three first-inning runs and got a home run and six RBI from Mark Sobolewski in notching a 10-0 win over No. 16 Virginia Sunday afternoon at Mark Light Field. After earning one-run wins in the first two games of the series, the Hurricanes finished off a three-game sweep.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Virginia’s pitching staff had held the nation’s No. 3 offense to five runs and 11 hits over the first two games, but the Hurricanes used a four-run fifth inning to break open a close game and roll to the win.
Andrew Carraway (Jr., Marietta, Ga.) started for Virginia and took the loss after pitching 4.1 innings and giving up seven runs (five earned), 10 hits and an intentional walk while striking out four. His fifth-inning walk was his first in 25.2 innings.
Enrique Garcia (3-1) earned the win for Miami and pitched seven innings, giving up three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The Hurricanes’ pitching staff limited Virginia to six hits, with David Coleman (Fr., Richmond, Va.) recording two hits.
Miami (36-5, 20-2 ACC) scored three runs in the first inning, but benefited from a key UVa error for two of the scores. After the Hurricanes put runners on second and third with no out, Sobolewski grounded out with one out to score Blake Tekotte. A dropped fly ball on a ball hit by Dennis Raben allowed Jemile Weeks to score, and Ryan Jackson followed with a bloop single to bring home Raben for the third run.
The Hurricanes blew the game open with four runs in the fifth inning, with the big blow a three-run home run coming off the bat of Sobolewski. Jackson added an RBI single to give Miami a 7-0 lead and knock Carraway from the game.
Miami added two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run double from Sobolewski and a run in the seventh on a single by Ryan Perry.
Virginia (32-15, 13-11) returns home to Davenport Field at 6 p.m. Tuesday to play Mount Saint Mary’s. It marks the first of eight-consecutive home games to wrap up the regular season.