It wasn't perfection like it was Tuesday, but the Hurricanes earned another win to complete a midweek two-game series sweep of Villanova.
In the aftermath of Javi Salas' perfect game — the second in UM history and 23rd all-time in college baseball — the Hurricanes notched a 7-2 win Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
All thoughts of Wednesday starter Danny Garcia following up Salas’ perfect performance with one of his own ended in the second inning when he served up a solo home run to Villanova second baseman Todd Czinege. But Garcia rebounded to strike out eight in his four innings while giving up two runs.
“I thought of it as another game. I wasn't thinking perfect game,” said Garcia, a freshman out of Westwood Christian who was making his first career start. “I just thought of it as a normal start, like from high school.”
It appeared the Hurricanes were suffering a hangover from all of the attention garnered Tuesday night and they trailed 2-0 early in the game.
But Miami (7-5) scored three runs in the fifth inning. Tyler Palmer tripled to right-center to drive in two. He was then driven in by a Brad Fieger single up the middle.
UM scored three more in the seventh when Fieger and Willie Abreu had run-scoring hits. Dale Carey, who ended the top of the eighth with a full-extension diving catch, homered in the bottom of the frame to cap Miami's scoring.
“I thought we were flat coming out and I didn't like the way we played offensively in particular. Thank goodness we turned it up a notch, played a lot better in the second half,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “I'm happy we won. I'd like for us to play a little better than we did tonight.”
Miami scored 24 runs on 24 hits in the two games against the Wildcats (2-9) and did not make an error after registering 22 in the team’s first 10 games of the season.
The Hurricanes now prepare for a three-game series at home against Boston College that begins at 7 p.m. Friday.