UM 17, Villanova 0

UM's Salas throws perfect game against Villanova

 
 
UM pitcher Javi Salas poses for a photo at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
UM pitcher Javi Salas poses for a photo at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

Javi Salas made history at Mark Light Field Tuesday night, pitching the 20th perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball history as No. 16 Miami blasted Villanova 17-0.

Salas (1-1) entered the game with an 11-11 career record. He struck out six, and induced 11 fly ball outs and 10 more off of grounders, throwing 113 pitches.

Salas became just the second Miami Hurricane to throw a perfect game and the first since Kevin Sheary on March 14, 1987. He struck out Villanova pinch hitter Derrick May Jr. for the final out of the game, sending his teammates into a frenzied celebration at the mound.

“I don’t even know what to think,” Salas said. “In that last inning, I was trying to keep my adrenaline down. The fans were getting up, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s a dream come true.”

It was the 20th NCAA Division I perfect game since 1957, and first since March 29, 2011, when Will Roberts of Virginia led No. 1 Virginia over George Washington.

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