CORAL GABLES, Florida- The 22nd ranked Miami Hurricanes took down the #14 Florida Gators by a score of 5-2 on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. The win is the third straight in the series over their rivals from Gainsville. Miami rode solid pitching and timely offense to notch their first quality win of the season.
Friday’s game like most Friday night games was a pitchers duel, with neither team being able to score in the first three innings. Miami was able to scratch across two runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning when Yohandy Morales launched a two run homer to give the Canes a 2-0 lead.
Miami starter Carson Palmquist who was brilliant all night capitalized on the momentum by keeping the Gators off the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning. Plumquist would end his night with six strikeouts, three walks, three hits and no earned runs. The Hurricanes would then double their lead in the bottom of the frame. CJ Kayfus drove in Dominic Pitelli, and then Yohandy Morales doubled home Jacob Burke to give the Hurricanes a 4-0 lead.
After a scoreless sixth, the Gators scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning when Sterlin Thompson and Wyatt Langford each singled in a run. The Canes would respond with the final run of the game in the bottom half of the inning when Pitelli scored after reaching on an error. The story of the game for the Gators was runners left on base. The Gators left 12 men on base going 2 for 16, including a dismal 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
The Hurricanes would hold on to win the game 5-2 and move to 8-1 on the year. Canes starter Carson Plumquist improves to 3-0 on the year. Andrew Walters would notch the save for the Canes. Hunter Barco would take the loss for the Gators after going five innings while giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and striking out 5.