University of Miami

David Thompson hits two home runs, including slam, to power UM past Army 9-1

David Thompson, shown last week against N.C. State, leads UM with six home runs this season.
David Thompson, shown last week against N.C. State, leads UM with six home runs this season. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Junior David Thompson was recognized with ACC Player of the Week honors Monday after powering No. 17 Miami with a prolific week at the plate.

The way Thompson performed Tuesday against Army, he could be the leading candidate for the award next week.

Thompson hit two more homers — including a third-inning grand slam that brought his team-leading total to six — and drove in five, sending host Miami to a 9-1 victory, its sixth consecutive.

The multi-home run game was a first for Thompson, who has 18 RBI in the past six games.

“I was feeling comfortable at the plate, like I have been the last couple of weeks,” Thompson said. “Just putting good swings on some pitches. Hopefully I can stay hot the rest of the year.”

The grand slam was the first of the season for Miami (16-6) and first for a Hurricane since Dale Carey hit one at Duke last May. Both of Thompson’s home runs were towering blasts.

“I knew they were gone when I hit them,” Thompson said with a smile.

The significance of playing Army was not lost on head coach Jim Morris.

“”I thought we played a good game. It’s nice to play Army. It’s an honor, really. They’re playing for Army, but at the end of their school, they have a five-year commitment to serve for our country,” Morris said. “I respect what they’re doing. They played hard, they’re well-coached, and it’s an honor to be out there playing against them.”

Miami received another strong pitching performance from left-hander Danny Garcia (4-0), who scattered six hits and one run in seven innings.

Garcia struck out six and walked one, picking up a win in his third straight start.

A two-run home run from George Iskenderian in the fourth inning moved Miami’s lead to 8-1.

“It definitely helps with [that kind of] run support,” Garcia said. “It didn’t get me comfortable, but when I see that big of a lead, I can stay focused.”

Iskenderian also made a nifty play in the top of the third, ranging to his left and stranding two runners with a throw from his knees for the final out of the inning. The play kept the score deadlocked at 1-1.

Sophomore Derik Beauprez pitched the eighth and senior Ryan Otero pitched a scoreless ninth to improve Miami’s home record to 13-1 this season.