University of Miami

Thomas Woodrey’s one-hitter leads UM past Georgia Tech

UM pitcher Thomas Woodrey pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout on Thursday night.
UM pitcher Thomas Woodrey pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout on Thursday night. For the Miami Herald

The slug-happy Miami Hurricanes came into their final regular-season home series Thursday with ridiculous offensive numbers.

But it took a left-handed junior named Thomas Woodrey to show just how dominant the Canes’ pitching can be.

While his teammates mustered only five hits, Woodrey threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout to defeat Georgia Tech 3-0 and extend Miami’s win streak to 10 games.

UM’s staff earned-run average over the 10-game streak: 1.60.

It was Miami’s first complete-game, one-hit shutout since J.D. Cockroft did it in the postseason against FAU on May 31, 2003.

“Phew, that’s a long time,’’ UM coach Jim Morris said. “You’ve got to start and finish talking about Woody’s performance. Great performance.’’

Georgia Tech’s lone hit: a two-out single by Matt Gonzalez in the top of the first.

Woodrey (6-1) struck out a career-high-tying seven batters and walked three, including one in the last inning.

“He went up to 112 pitches and that was going to be his last hitter,’’ Morris said. “I really don’t like to take a guy out throwing a shutout, but at the same time you’ve got to look after him.’’

The Hurricanes, ranked as high as No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, raised their record to 40-13 overall and 20-8 in the ACC, securing their fifth 40-win season in the past 10 years.

The Yellow Jackets, still fighting for an ACC Tournament berth, fell to 32-20 and 13-15.

Miami’s seventh shutout of the season lasted 2:09 — the shortest performance of 2015.

Woodrey said he threw mostly fastballs and changeups and called his gem “tiring’’ but “fun.’’ He did not allow a baserunner in five of his nine innings.

“It’s different going out there for the ninth inning knowing it’s your game to finish,’’ he said. “It was a good team win for us. I felt good in the bullpen before the game and I was able to carry it out onto the field, get ahead of hitters for the most part, throw strikes and let my defense play for me.”

The Canes left the based loaded in the first and scored their runs in each of the third, fifth and eighth innings — highlighted by Chris Barr’s game-winning single.

“It was early in the game and we’re not really thinking it was going to be low-scoring at that point,’’ Barr said. “It felt a little bit different, but with Woodrey putting up zeros every inning it was really great. Especially on defense, it makes you want to make the next great play.’’

Miami has the nation’s No. 3 RPI, led the latter part of the season by an offense that is No. 1 in the nation in on-base percentage, ranks second in runs scored, second in walks and fourth in hits — with 50 home runs, twice as many as all of last season.

But Morris insisted that pitching, though overshadowed, has been dominant in its own right.

“Hitting is the most exciting part of the game,’’ he said, “but our pitching staff has been doing a great job. It’s great to see the pitching and defense get us through the night when we didn’t score as many runs. That’s what happens when you put a streak together.

“Sometimes it takes the other part of the team to pull us through.’’

The series continues at Mark Light Field at 7 p.m. Friday.

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