University of Miami

UM baseball routs Florida Atlantic 14-6 to extend win streak to nine

UM’s Zack Collins, shown in a previous game, hit his eighth home run in the past nine games Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in a 14-6 win against FAU.
UM’s Zack Collins, shown in a previous game, hit his eighth home run in the past nine games Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in a 14-6 win against FAU. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

This wasn’t New York Tech, but the cavalcade of runs continued.

After scoring 58 runs in a three-game series last weekend, the Miami Hurricanes added another 14 on Tuesday, breaking a 6-6 knot with a five-run, two-out rally in the fifth inning against Florida Atlantic for an eventual 14-6 victory.

The Hurricanes (39-13, 19-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their ninth game in a row, clinched the ACC Coastal Division crown last weekend and end the regular season with a Thursday through Saturday series against league rival Georgia Tech.

“Tonight was a big win for us,’’ UM coach Jim Morris said. “We’ve been scoring a lot of runs lately but people were saying they weren’t ranked teams. Well, FAU is a good club. It is ranked and has a chance to go to the NCAA Tournament, and before the last week they were talking about hosting [a regional].

“Our first six hitters had 15 hits tonight, so that means a lot of runs.”

FAU dropped to 36-15, with a 17-10 record in Conference USA.

Miami is ranked as high as No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, with a No. 17 ranking by Baseball America.

The Owls came into the game ranked as high as 20th by the coaches.

Tuesday was the sixth time in the past seven games that the Canes scored in double digits. They’ve scored nine or more runs during the past nine games.

The game was another slugfest, with Miami collecting 18 hits and 10 two-out RBIs.

Sophomore Zack Collins hit his eighth home run in the past nine games, with David Thompson belting his team-leading 15th homer and Willie Abreu hitting his fourth.

Thompson now has a nation-leading 68 RBI, tied with Matt Beaty of Belmont.

“It’s absurd the way we’re swinging the bat right now,’’ Collins said. “It’s huge. I don’t know what else to say about it.’’

Equally impressive, second baseman George Iskenderian had a career-high five hits, and Christopher Barr added two triples.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Iskenderian said. “All you have to do is pass the baton and you know that somebody that day is going to get it done.’’

The fifth-inning rally began with a Jacob Heyward walk, and continued with a Ricky Eusebio single, Barr triple, Iskenderian single and two-run Collins homer.

Derik Beauprez (3-2) pitched two innings in relief for the win.

David McKay (3-1) got the loss.

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