It was the bottom of the fourth inning, Miami was trailing FAU, 4-0, but the Hurricanes would rally in dramatic fashion.
The 17th-ranked Miami Hurricanes would churn out a seven-run fourth inning and would put the rest of the game on ice as they secured a 10-5 victory over the visiting FAU Owls on Wednesday night.
Hurricanes freshman and second baseman, Blake Cyr, would start the party and put an end to the shutout with a three-run hit. Three batters after Cyr, catcher Carlos Perez would tie the game with an RBI double down the right field line, ultimately setting up the grand moment for the reigning ACC Player of the Week and LifeWallet athlete, CJ Kayfus.
Kayfus would blast a ball that would go over the right field fence, putting the finishing touch on a seven run frame for the Hurricanes. For Kayfus, the three-run homer marked his third in his last six at-bats.
“It’s a good job by our offense coming back,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “It was a bit of a slow start for them, but then we had the big [fourth] inning—seven runs—which got it done for us and we added to it. Certainly, not a perfect game, not the way we draw it up, but at the end of the day, we’re trying to win games. Our guys did a good job of hanging in there and just finding a way to battle back and get it done.”
Right-handed pitcher, Carlos Lequerica, tossed the first 1 1/3 innings during his first start as a Hurricane but Miami’s bullpen would quiet the Owls for the rest of the night.
Left-handed pitcher, Rafe Schlesinger, would strike out a pair of batters across a career-long 2 2/3 scoreless innings before freshman left-handed pitcher, Chris Scinta, would outlast all nine batters he went up against.
Seasoned right-handed pitchers, Alejandro Torres and LifeWallet athlete Andrew Walters teamed up to combine for the final six outs and secured the Canes’ fifth consecutive win.
As a whole, Miami’s bullpen would hold the Owls to one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings.
The Hurricanes will now hit the road for the weekend to face-off against the 2nd-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The three-game away series begins at 8:00 P.M. on Friday at David F. Couch Ballpark, in North Carolina.
“We have a great opportunity,” DiMare said. “When you play on the road, the stakes are even higher if you win. At the end of the day, I just want us to play good baseball. I wants us to pitch well, I want us to hit well, I want us to defend well and I want us to run the bases well. If we do those things, we’re going to win a lot of games.”
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