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UM baseball team tops Maine 6-2 for fifth victory in row

UM outfielder Jacob Heyward went 3 for 3 to help the Canes defeat Maine 6-2 at Mark Light Field on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
UM outfielder Jacob Heyward went 3 for 3 to help the Canes defeat Maine 6-2 at Mark Light Field on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The University of Miami baseball team extended its winning streak to five consecutive games Tuesday with a 6-2 victory over Maine at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

With Miami leading 2-1 in the middle innings, a four-run seventh — which included an RBI single from junior Jacob Heyward and a two-RBI single from junior Willie Abreu — ballooned the hosts’ lead to a more comfortable 6-1.

Heyward, one of three Hurricanes (10-2) to deliver a multi-hit performance, tied a career high with three hits (3 for 3) in front of 2,411. He reached base in all four plate appearances.

“I felt good today. I had to make a few adjustments last week with our hitting coaches Gino [DiMare] and [Norberto] Lopez,” Heyward said. “I felt comfortable and stayed confident.”

Junior Randy Batista, making only his fourth start of the season for Miami, drove in the tying and winning runs as the team’s nine-hole hitter. His bunt single in the second tied the score 1-1, and his sixth-inning single put the Hurricanes ahead for good.

Miami received six innings from sophomore Jesse Lepore, who earned a win for the second straight outing. Lepore, who picked up the first win of his career in his last start vs. FGCU, struck out six and walked just one.

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