Eye of the Hurricane

April 26, 2008

Hurricanes take Game 1 against Virginia

Filed under: Uncategorized — adonovan @ 12:22 am

University of Miami pitcher Chris Hernandez received some good news on Thursday when he was named to the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy. On Friday, the freshman left-hander showed why he is one of 50 players being considered for the award that goes to the top player in collegiate baseball.

 

Hernandez delivered a dominating performance, striking out 11 batters over eight scoreless innings to lead No. 1-ranked Miami to a 1-0 win over No. 16 Virginia at Mark Light Field.

 

Hernandez (7-0) gave up only two hits and walked just one batter, lowering his ERA to 2.77 in the process. He struck out the side in order to open the game and went on to fan seven of the first nine batters he faced. His 11 strikeouts marked a season-high for a Miami pitcher, tying the mark Hernandez set himself on April 4 in a 6-4 win over Clemson.

 

It was an ideal night for the Hurricanes to get a good pitching performance as Hernandez’s counterpart, Virginia senior Pat McAnaney (4-2), pitched nearly just as well. McAnaney allowed only one run on six hits, striking out six in eight innings.

 

Miami’s (34-5, 18-2) lone run came in the sixth inning when Blake Tekotte slapped a two-out single past the outstretched hand of Virginia first baseman Jeremy Farrell and into right field, bringing in Joey Terdoslavich from second. Terdoslavich got the inning started with a double down the left field line. Dave DiNatale and Yasmani Grandal both struck out swinging before Tekotte stepped to the plate and created the game’s only run.

 

Miami and Virginia meet again at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Mark Light Field. With a win, the Hurricanes can clinch their first series win over Virginia (32-13, 13-9) in three years.

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