The University of Miami baseball team kicked off its season-long, seven-game homestand with a 6-2 victory against Maine on a breezy Tuesday night.
The team was happy to be back home, after dropping two games to Florida in Gainesville in 30-degree weather over the weekend.
“It was a big win for us,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “We needed to get back on a positive state of mind and get some wins going to get our confidence back.”
And if anyone should get a confidence boost from this game, it’s freshman pitcher Thomas Woodrey.
The 6-3, 190-pound left-hander recorded his second win of the season — holding the Black Bears to three hits and one run through eight innings.
“I think the key to my success today was pitching to contact, a lot of early in the count hits and a great performance from my defense,” he said.
Strong defensive performances have been the backbone to the Canes success thus far. Even with a young infield, UM has held a .971 fielding percentage over the past 13 games, ranking it fifth best in the Atlantic Coastal Conference.
The Canes (11-2) scored early in the second inning when freshman shortstop Brandon Lopez’ hit to third took a big hop over the third baseman’s head, scoring Alex San Juan, who reached on an error.
UM scored once more in the third inning and then got the scoring going again in the seventh.
Ricky Eusebio, who hit a double in the third, got the ball rolling with a lead off line drive single to left. The freshman out of Homestead would then steal second, advance to third on a throwing error and score on a pass ball to put the Canes up 3-1.
Black Bears pitcher Shaun Coughlin would then load the bases with no out. Brad Fieger followed with a two-run RBI single to left to extend his hit streak to 12-consecutive games.
The Canes are back at home Wednesday night at 6 against UCF.