After dropping last weekend series to No. 8 FSU, the University of Miami ended its five-game homestand with an 8-2 win against Stetson on Wednesday night.
Junior Javi Salas (3-4, 3.58) held the Hatters to seven hits in his first career complete game and fourth consecutive start in the midweek role.
The 6-4, 227-pound right-hander retired 22 of 24 batters from the second through eight innings.
“I liked how Javi was working ahead and was down in the pitch count,” said UM coach Jim Morris, who has not allowed a pitcher to throw a complete game since 2010 before Bryan Radziewski tossed one earlier this season. “His two-seamer has a lot of good downward movement on it, and I felt like he deserved to stay in the game.”
Salas relied heavily on that two-seam fastball to force 13 of Stetson’s hitters to ground out.
“I had a lot of kinks in my mechanics that I needed to work out, and today it all came together,” said Salas, who retired 11 consecutive batters from the second to fifth. “I was able to throw my fastball, which is a sinking fastball, so they were hitting it into the ground.”
Morris said it was the combination of great pitching and timely hitting that led to Miami’s victory.
“We are not a home run club,” said Morris of his team, who is tied for second to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Boston College with seven team home runs. “The difference tonight is we got on top of the ball and hit some line drives — particularly with two outs.”
The Canes opened the scoring in the third after a run-scoring double from Alex Hernandez — his seventh double of the year — and a two-run single from Chantz Mack to take a 3-1 lead.
The following inning UM extended its lead 5-1.
“The thing we have been lacking all season was the two-out hit, but today we did it,” said Hernandez, who leads the team with 35 hits this season. “I’ve been focusing on not trying to do too much, and it has been helping me out.”
UM, which is averaging 8.14 hits per game, tallied 10 hits for its ninth consecutive win over the Hatters.
UM will face Maryland for a three-game series against the Terrapins starting Friday.