The Miami Hurricanes scored five runs in the first two innings Wednesday, then went silent.
But it almost wasn’t enough.
Barry University outhit the Canes and made them sweat in the end, but All-American closer Bryan Garcia – despite an errant, ninth-inning pickoff attempt that brought in a run – struck out the final batter with a runner on third to preserve the 5-3 victory.
“It was a frustrating game,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “I thought at the beginning when we scored runs we were going to score a lot more. I was hoping to see that happen, where our bats break loose and we’re swinging.
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“Barry did a great job battling back at the end to make it interesting.”
Danny Garcia, whom Morris called the player of the game, tossed a career-long 7 2/3 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters for the victory.
After losing their first weekend series (to the Gators) since March 2014, the Hurricanes (6-3) put an early hurtin’ on the Buccaneers (6-6). Zack Collins’ groundout scored Carl Chester (hit by pitch), and David Thompson’s single up the middle scored Ricky Eusebio (walk) to make it 2-0 at the end of the first.
The Canes next three runs in the second came on an RBI double to left field by Brandon Lopez, an RBI double by Eusebio and a bases-loaded walk to David Thompson.
The NCAA Division II Buccaneers’ first threat came early and evaporated almost as early. The first two Barry hitters, Khalil Denson and JC Cardenas, singled – only to be picked off by pitcher Danny Garcia.
It was the first time since April 2009 that a Miami pitcher – Chris Hernandez – had two pickoffs in one inning.
Barry scored runs in each of the last three innings, outhit Miami 7-5 and committed just one error to Miami’s three.
Shortstop JC Cardenas paced the Barry attack with a 2-for-3 performance that included an RBI triple.