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Maine Strikes Out 11, Canes Win 13-1
"Today I felt like I had the best stuff I've had all year," Maine said. "After the first batter I felt pretty good. I gave up a lead-off double and after that I settled down and got some outs."
"He pitched an outstanding game," said Miami head coach Jim Morris, who won his 1,000th career Division I victory. "He stayed ahead of the hitters most of the hitters and when he didn't he came back and got them. We played solid defense behind him and it was a very good effort by our club."
RF Tommy Giles broke the game open with a two-run triple in the fourth inning to give the Hurricanes a 5-1 lead. Giles scored two batters later when 3B Danny Valencia extended his hit streak to 10 games.
"It was a pretty big hit on a 3-2 pitch," Giles said. "We had a lead, but the game is never over until its over, but that gave us an extra bit of momentum."
The two teams traded runs in the first inning when their respective leadoff hitters got on base and scored on sacrifice flies.
The Miami half of the first ended when CF Jon Jay was thrown out at home. 1B Yonder Alonso hit a groundball to the second baseman who misplayed it allowing Alonso to beat the throw. Jay tried to take an extra base, but was thrown out as Wake Forest 1B Allan Dykstra sent the throw home just in time.
Jay appeared to be safe on the head-first slide prompting Miami head coach Jim Morris to argue the call to no avail.
Miami took a 2-1 in the second inning when LF Dennis Raben hit a towering pop-up that appeared to be going foul, but stayed in fair territory as Wake Forest All-American third baseman Matt Antonelli was unable to make the catch. C Eddy Rodriguez was running hard on contact with two outs and scored from second base on the error.
SS Roger Tomas was 1-for-3 and is batting .500 (14-for-28) in his last seven games. LF Blake Tekotte, a starter for the majority of the season, came off the bench to record a double and a triple with three runs batted in.
Dykstra, Wake Forest's freshman phenom, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He entered the game as the ACC's leader in home runs (14), slugging percent (.726), and on-base percent (.502).
"Maine pitched a great game," Dykstra said. "We got him early, but he stepped back and started hitting his spots. He was beating us and we were chasing pitches he wanted us to chase."
"They pitched me well," he added. "They kept going in and out and throwing off-speed to keep me off-balanced. They pitched well against me, I can't really say anything else."
Miami LHP Manny Miguelez (6-4, 3.69 ERA) and Wake Forest LHP Eric Niesen (3-0, 3.30 ERA) are the probale starters for tomorrow's game at 7:00 p.m. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive an un-cut sheet of player cards. Four seniors will be honored prior to the game on Senior Night.
"We just have to come back and play the same way we did tomorrow," Morris said. "We have to get good starting pitching--that is the name of the game."
Notes: SS Walter Diaz was dismissed from the team for violating a team rule. Diaz played in 32 games (26 starts) this season with a .284 average and 12 RBI...RF Tommy Giles made a sliding catch in the first inning to take a base hit away from Dykstra...2B Jemile Weeks played shortstop for the first time this season when he moved over in the eighth inning...The UM leadoff hitters scored in the first four innings...Miami is 7-3 in their last 10 games and have won six straight
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