A dominating pitching performance at home coupled with another prolific day at the plate Sunday gave the 11th-ranked Miami Hurricanes a 9-1 victory over Virginia Tech for their eighth consecutive win and fourth series sweep of the season.
Right-handed junior Enrique Sosa allowed three hits and one run — it came as the result of a teammate’s mental lapse — in a career-high seven innings, and David Thompson doubled and hit a three-run home run to spark the win.
The Hurricanes had 37 hits and scored 34 runs over the weekend at Mark Light Field, where 2,625 fans watched them once again get an early, multiple-run lead, this time with three in the second.
The Canes (28-9, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) lead the Coastal Division and are 9-0 at home in league games and 21-2 overall at Mark Light.
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“It’s been a lot of fun,’’ said Thompson, whose team-leading 10th homer put the Canes up 7-0 in the fifth. Hopefully, we can continue hitting the rest of the year like this.’’
For Sosa, the game marked his second gem over consecutive weekends. Last week against Duke he allowed one hit and no runs in 6 1/3 innings.
“I felt really good,’’ Sosa said. I was trying to keep the ball down the whole outing. … Run support is always nice.’’
Sosa (5-3) would have had a shutout had third baseman Johnny Ruiz tagged the runner instead of stepping on the base in the seventh with two outs and runners on second and third.
“He thought it was first and second and there was nobody on first,’’ UM coach Jim Morris said. “He had just gone into the game. You’ve got to look ahead. It was a mental lapse, I guess you would say.
“I’ve got another word, but I can’t say,’’ he said.
The Canes end their nine-game homestand at 6 p.m. Wednesday against No. 12 UCF.