The UM baseball team has been pounding its opponents lately the same way Zack Collins has been pounding the baseball.
Collins continued his recent tear with a grand slam in the second inning and David Thompson hit a three-run blast in the seventh to pace a 19-1 win for No. 17 Miami and the host Hurricanes finished off a sweep of New York Tech on Sunday afternoon.
The Canes won their eighth in a row and have done so with a whopping 114-10 advantage over their opponents — 58-2 in the three games against NYIT. It’s their sixth sweep of the season and fifth at home.
“We played good defense all weekend, pitched good all weekend, hit good all weekend,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “It’s a nice way to go into this last week of the season. Hopefully our confidence is up and our hitters are hot.”
Collins is certainly hot. With a 1-for-2 outing Sunday — in which he was also hit by a pitch twice — he is 16 for 30 with seven home runs and 25 RBI during the win streak.
“I guess just seeing the ball well. It happens to everybody at one point in the season, just go on a tear,” Collins says. “I guess it’s my time.”
Thompson, who finished 2 for 3 Sunday, added to his team-lead in home runs (14) and RBI (66).
Hurricanes starter Enrique Sosa had a no-hitter going through 52/3 innings before Josh Canabal posted the Bears’ lone run with an RBI single to center.
Sosa (7-3) struck out six in six innings, giving up the one run and hit. In seven starts at home this season he is 6-0 with a 1.04 ERA, 41 strikeouts and nine walks.
“I pitched on that mound all fall and in the spring,” Sosa said. “I just feel confident on my mound, and if I have my best, I don’t think anyone can beat me at home.”
Jacob Heyward, who had pinch-hit home runs on Friday and Saturday, got the start in left field Sunday and went 3 for 4 with two walks, a double and a pair of runs scored.
New York Tech pitchers walked nine batters, hit eight more —including three instances where they pegged catcher Garrett Kennedy —while surrendering 13 hits.