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UM baseball team nips Bethune-Cookman 5-4

UM freshman Romy Gonzalez, shown in a previous game, helped lead a 5-4 victory against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
UM freshman Romy Gonzalez, shown in a previous game, helped lead a 5-4 victory against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The fourth-ranked University of Miami baseball team defeated Bethune-Cookman 5-4 on Wednesday night at Mark Light Field.

Hurricanes (17-4) weren’t at their but did just enough to get by the Wildcats (9-13).

The Hurricanes (17-4) appeared primed for another blowout after scoring three runs in the first inning, the same amount of runs Bethune-Cookman scored in two games combined against UM last season. The Hurricanes scored 27 runs in those two matchups.

The Wildcats (9-13) scored a run in the second and third innings off right-handed starter Jesse Lepore, and tied the score 3-3 in the sixth on an RBI single off reliever Keven Pimentel.

Miami retook the lead for good on a two-RBI single up the middle by Romy Gonzalez with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Pimentel gave up a solo home run in the seventh to Michael Cruz, but freshman reliever Frankie Bartow went 1-2-3 in the eighth and closer Bryan Garcia threw a scoreless ninth to end the game.

Pimentel got his second win this season and Garcia earned his ACC-leading eighth save this year.

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