Gutierrez Pitches Tonight at 7:00 p.m.

RHP Carlos Gutierrez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami RHP Carlos Gutierrez (8-5, 3.86 ERA) is the probable starter for tonight's game against Wright State at 7:00 p.m.

The Miami Hurricanes took game one last night against Wright State, 4-2 and improved to 30-16 on the season.

LHP Scott Maine got the win allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings as he started on Friday night for the first time in his career.

"(Starting on Friday) makes a difference," Maine said. "You have to start off the weekend and I have to set the tone for the weekend, pitch good, and hopefully we can carry it on the rest of the weekend."

In the second game of the series RHP Carlos Gutierrez will get the start as he faces RHP Erich Schanz (3-2, 3.25 ERA).

"We just want to keep the momentum going that we had from last weekend," said Gutierrez, a sophmore from Miami, Fla. "We want to take at least two out of three this weekend, but mostly we want to go for the sweep, which is what we try to do here at home."

Gutierrez has made 13 consecutive starts as the team's Friday night starter, but he will have to adjust to pitching on Saturdays now.

"With me pitching on Saturday it is no different," Gutierrez said. "I still have to prepare and I get a little look at the team before I pitch."

In his last start against N.C. State on April 28 he gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"Earlier in the season I was hitting my spots more consistently, but lately I haven't been as pinpoint as before," Gutierrez said. "That is all I am going to try to do right now. If I hit my spots I know we can win."

The Hurricanes will also need better production at the top of the order as the 1-4 hitters combined to go 0-for-12 in last night's game. 3B Danny Valencia could return to the lineup and hit in the number four spot after he did not play last night due to a violation of team rules.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Mark Light Field. General admission tickets for adults are $7 and youth/senior tickets are $5.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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