CORAL GABLES, Fla. (HurricaneSports.com) – For the second straight season, the Miami Hurricanes will be returning to the College World Series.
Thanks largely to a two-home run, seven-RBI performance from redshirt junior Edgar Michelangeli, the Hurricanes punched their ticket to Omaha, Neb., with a 9-4 win over Boston College in Game 3 of the NCAA Coral Gables Super Regional at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Michelangeli, who connected on a three-run homer in the second inning and the first grand slam of his career in the seventh, powered a Miami offense that outhit the Eagles, 14-7. The Hurricanes received a sparkling performance on the hill from freshman Frankie Bartow, who served as a bridge to junior closer Bryan Garcia for a career-long 3.1 innings with the game’s outcome hanging in the balance.
Bartow (6-0), who threw 51 pitches, gave way to Garcia with two outs in the eighth, and the school’s all-time saves leader recorded the final four outs to send 2,589 fans into celebration.
The College World Series trip will be the 25th in program history, the second-most of any school nationwide.
The Hurricanes found early success against Boston College righthander Jacob Stevens, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Miami (50-12) recorded three straight hits to open the second inning, including an RBI single from junior Willie Abreu that plated junior Johnny Ruiz, who doubled to open the frame.
A bunt single from junior Jacob Heyward put two runners on base, and Michelangeli then cranked the first pitch he saw from Stevens (4-4) over the fence in left for his fourth home run of the season.
The Eagles (35-22) fought back, halving the deficit on a two-out, two-RBI single from Donovan Casey off freshman Andrew Cabezas. Senior lefthander Thomas Woodrey entered in relief and struck out Eagles third baseman Joe Cronin to strand a pair and maintain a 4-2 lead.
The two teams traded RBI groundouts in the fourth and fifth innings, and with Miami leading 5-3 in the seventh, Michelangeli delivered the knockout blow.
An Abreu walk and back-to-back singles from Heyward and redshirt junior first baseman Christopher Barr loaded the bases with one out. Facing a 3-2 count, Michelangeli crushed a pitch from reliever Jesse Adams over the fence in left to bump Miami’s lead to six runs at 9-3.
The seven RBI by Michelangeli were a career high and tied for the most by a Hurricane all season. Tempers flared following the home run and both teams were given a warning after benches cleared.
Bartow came back out for the eighth and loaded the bases on a single and two walks. After allowing an RBI single to Chris Balogh to cut Miami’s lead to 9-4, Garcia entered and struck out BC leadoff hitter Jake Palomaki.
Garcia recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the 43rd save of his career and 18th of the year, the fourth-most in a single season in Miami history.