UM's Zack Collins And Edgar Michelangeli react after beating Manhattan
The situation seemed somewhat grim for the University of Miami after three hitless innings Sunday at Mark Light Field.
But considering the sixth-ranked Hurricanes had combined for 31 hits and 24 runs Friday and Saturday in victories against Manhattan College, likely few of the 2,659 Hurricanes fans at The Light doubted what was to come.
The Hurricanes scored seven runs in the fourth inning — six of those with two outs — on four hits and an error Sunday en route to a 7-4 victory and weekend sweep over the Jaspers.
“A good day [and] overall a good weekend,” said UM coach Jim Morris, whose Hurricanes (9-2) have won four in a row since losing two of three last weekend to top-ranked Florida.
“That’s the way you learn. You either quit or you get better. I think our guys took it as a challenge. You figure out a way to get better and make moves and do whatever you’ve got to do to get where you want to go. That’s only one place — Omaha.”
Zack Collins continued his tear at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI-single through the right side in the fourth that scored the sixth and seventh runs for Miami.
Before those RBI, Collins singled as UM’s second batter in the fourth and subsequently scored on Edgar Michelangeli’s two-RBI hit through the left side.
Collins, projected as a first-round MLB Draft choice, extended his hitting streak to four games and is now batting .433. For the week, including Wednesday’s game, Collins was 7 for 11 (.636) with three home runs and eight RBI. His slugging percentage: a gaudy 1.455.
“Everybody all around the order was getting hits and driving in runs,” Collins said of the week. “We had confidence and we had everybody’s back.”
Michelangeli also had another strong outing, leading the Canes with three hits Sunday. The right-handed junior out of Miami Florida Christian is hitting .371. He went 10 for 15 (.667) this past week, with five RBI and six runs scored.
Left-handed junior starter Danny Garcia (2-1, 1.47 ERA) earned the win by allowing five hits without giving up a run in six innings. He struck out three.
The Jaspers (1-5) scored three earned runs on four hits in the seventh off freshman reliever Frankie Bartow, who only pitched the one inning. They added their fourth run against closer Bryan Garcia in the ninth on a home run by Fabian Pena — and outhit Miami 10 to 8.
The Canes next meet Maine at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Stetson at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
They leave for their first road trip and Atlantic Coast Conference weekend series at Virginia Tech.