Often times in baseball, things don’t go as planned.
For University of Miami baseball coach Jim Morris, he had his Friday night starter Thomas Woodrey scratched late and ended up having to start a pitcher with 4 2/3 innings of pitching experience as a Hurricane, essentially piecing together 10 innings with his bullpen.
What resulted was a thrilling 3-2 walk-off victory over N.C. State in extra innings in the Hurricanes’ Atlantic Coast Conference home opener at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Friday night.
David Thompson, leading off the bottom of the 10th, belted a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall to end it.
UM (13-6, 2-2 ACC) won the first of the three-game weekend set after dropping two of its first three conference matchups in Louisville over the previous weekend.
The walk-off blast was Thompson’s third of the season and his team-leading 22nd RBI.
Closer Bryan Garcia (2-1) earned the win after pitching two shutout innings.
The Hurricanes were down 2-0 early, but a two-run homer to left from cleanup hitter George Iskenderian in the third inning tied the score. It also extended a hitting streak to six games for Iskenderian, who went 2 for 3 and now has eight multi-hit games on the season.
The Miami bullpen busted out of several jams. N.C. State (10-5, 2-2) stranded 13 runners on the night and was shut out after the second inning.
The night began with Woodrey scratched about 20 minutes before the first pitch with a stomach virus. It led Morris to start senior left-hander Daniel Sayles and his 42/3 innings of experience as a Hurricane, including two earned runs in his one inning pitched this season.
Sayles got two outs in the first inning and surrendered an unearned run before he was pulled in favor of Sam Abrams. Abrams got UM through the fourth inning with just one additional run against him, although he allowed five hits and three walks, and left with the score knotted at 2, where it stayed until Thompson ended it with the walk-off.
Enrique Sosa will take the mound at 7 p.m. on Saturday night for Game 2 of the series, and senior left-hander Andy Suarez (oblique) will return to start Sunday afternoon after missing his previous three starts.