The Canes won the Friday and Saturday games in relatively routine fashion before holding on to sneak out with a win on Sunday. Thankfully, all wins count the same in the standings.
Without further ado, my three up and three down for this past weekend…
- David Thompson appears to be every bit of the middle of the order bat that he was advertised to be. After hitting a game-tying two-run homer in the Tuesday win over Florida Atlantic, Thompson had a fantastic weekend, going 5-for-11 with six RBI. Thompson also already has six doubles on the season. Thompson is a huge asset to have in an age when extra-base power is so hard to come by in college baseball.
- The Hurricanes had 33 hits on the weekend. Okay, so it was against Milwaukee, but 33 hits over the course of the weekend is going to win you a lot of series. There was concern that the Canes weren’t going to be able to find enough offense with Peter O’Brien gone, but so far, that hasn’t been the case.
- Miami continues to show off their depth. Last season, the Hurricanes were using just about every healthy player they had at their disposal. So far this year, they have gotten contributions from just about everyone and there are even some players that were regulars last year that haven’t been all that involved so far this year.
- Miami continues to have to deal with injuries in the pitching staff. Eric Whaley and Bryan Radziewski continue to be out indefinitely. For now, the rotation has held up, but you have to wonder if they will have the same level of success when Miami gets into the teeth of their ACC schedule.
- The Hurricanes just did hang on to win the series finale on Sunday. I am ready and willing to admit that I am nitpicking in a big way with this one, but you hope that this was just because it’s hard to sweep any team in college baseball and not because the Hurricanes will struggle to keep their foot on the gas and put teams away.
- A.J. Salcines was shaky again on Sunday. That gives him rough outings in both series so far. Command was once again an issue as he hit two batters in this outing.