Miami (32-26) broke a four-game Florida (44-18) win streak in NCAA
Regional games in Gainesville with a win this afternoon at McKethan
Stadium. The defending national champion Hurricanes defeated the Gators 7-
2 in the second of Saturday's three games.
Sharp defense by both teams kept the game scoreless through two and a half
innings. Miami broke through the zeros in the bottom of the third as Javy
Rodriguez scored from third on an Alex Hart wild pitch.
Two innings later, Florida had an answer. Catcher Brian Rose hit a double
down the right field line with one out in the fifth. Matt Goss walked.
Aaron Davidson loaded the bases with a single up the middle. Rose scored
on the bases loaded, two-out walk to Pat Osborn to tie the game at 1-1.
Miami took a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Mannix led off the
inning with a single through the left side. He advanced to second on a
Danny Figueroa sacrifice bunt. Paco Figueroa was safe on a dropped fly
ball in left field. Both runners scored on the Brad Safchik single up the
middle. After the following batter, Rodriguez grabbed another pitch for a
single, Florida starter Alex Hart was replaced by David Bartelt with one
out in the inning and runners on first and second. Danny Matienzo hit a
three-run home over the wall in right center field with two outs to take
the five run lead.
Aaron Sobieraj hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth to shorten
Miami's lead to only four runs at 6-2.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Kevin Howard hit his
school-record tying 65th career double. He scored on the following base
hit by Matienzo for the 7-2 Miami lead.
Florida starter Alex Hart took the loss. His record is now 13-3. Miami
starter Kiki Bengochea pitched eight innings in the win. His record
improves to 6-6.
Miami will play the winner of tonight's Florida vs. Bethune-Cookman
matchup at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Florida vs. Bethune-Cookman game will
begin at 7:05 p.m. this evening.