CORAL GABLES, Fla. โ€“ No. 8 Miami (25-6, 12-2 ACC) escaped a bases loaded jam in the ninth inning and came away with a 5-4 win over No. 3 Virginia (26-5, 9-5 ACC) on Saturday (April 9). The Hurricanes extended their win streak to 12 games, the second-longest active streak in college baseball.

Against Miami Closer Andrew Walters in the ninth inning, the Cavaliers loaded the bases with a lead-off single by Chris Newell, a two-out single from Max Cotier and a hit by pitch drawn by Griff Oโ€™Ferrall. That brought Kyle Teel to the plate who was 4-for-5 with three grand slams with the bases loaded this season. Teel lined a 97-mph fastball back up the middle that took the glove off the outstretched hand of Walters who recovered, made a wide throw to first that first baseman CJ Kayfus caught and dove back to first tagging the base with his throwing hand just before Teel hit the bag.

Prior to his appearance tonight, Walters had only surrendered three hits in 17.2 innings pitched this season. The righthander was credited with his ACC-leading, 10th save of the year.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Miami broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with a two-out, two-run homer by Jacob Burke, his fifth of the season.
  • The Cavaliers responded with four runs in the top of the fourth after the first five batters of the inning reached base safely. Jake Gelof drew a bases loaded walk to open the scoring and Alex Tappen followed with a three-run double to give UVA a 4-2 advantage.

  • Zach Levenson scored the next two Miami runs to tie the game up. In the fourth he hit a solo shot to leadoff the fourth inning. In the sixth he singled with one out and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-4.
  • Morales led off the seventh with his second home run of the series and seventh of the season putting Miami in front 5-4.
  • After surrendering the home run, reliever Brandon Neeck struck out the final three batters of the seventh and two of the first three in the eighth to keep the game within reach. The lefthander worked around a hit and an error to strand a runner at third base in the eighth.

FROM HEAD COACH BRIAN Oโ€™CONNOR

โ€œIt was a great college baseball game. We just have to be a little bit better. They’re a very, very good team, excellent team. There were just a few pitches we didn’t make. We had the big four-run inning and then and to their credit, couldn’t get anything off their bullpen. We had a chance there at the end, KT (Kyle Teel) squared one up and just couldn’t get it through but that’s baseball at this level and we’ve got a good opportunity tomorrow.โ€

UP NEXT: The series will conclude on Sunday (April 10) with the finale of a three-game set. UVA will have lefthander Jake Berry (4-0) on the mound and he will be opposed by Miami righty Alejandro Rosario (1-1).

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Miami has won the last four series against Virginia (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) and 11 of the last 12 meetings.
  • Of the six Hurricane home runs in the series, four have been solo shots to lead off the innings.
  • The two multi-home run games by the Hurricanes in the series mark the first time UVA has surrendered two or more home runs in back-to-back games this season.