Baseball Tops Dartmouth 9-7

The Miami Hurricanes (5-1) regular season warmup continued as they welcomed Dartmouth (0-1) to the Light and picked up a 9-7 win. All eyes were on Hurricane number one starter Gage Ziehl to see how he would respond after getting lit up in the season opener. Following a leadoff single, he got a fielders choice and two strikeouts for a clean first. The second, not so clean. First four batters went single, strikeout, single, strikeout before Tyler Robinson delivered and RBI single to center. Ziehl then lost himself a bit and walked the next two batters, the second of which came with the bases loaded. Nathan Cmeyla then hit a two-run single to quickly make it 4-0 bad guys.

The Canes responded in the bottom of the fourth when CJ Kayfus led off with a double to center. Ian Farrow then came to bat with 2-out and CJ at third and got plunked making way for Carlos Perez…

Meanwhile, Gage Ziehl settled down and did not allow a baserunner after the second. He finished with a decent line of four runs over five and nine strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches, 61 of them for strikes.

Miami picked right back up in the fifth. Following back-to-back walks to Edgardo Villegas and Yoyo Morales, CJ Kayfus stepped up and did what Miami hitters have been doing all week…went deep to right center for a 6-4 Miami lead. The Canes would extend the lead again in the seventh when everyone’s favorite freshman, Blake Cyr, stepped and delivered again…

With the Canes up, the bullpen was cruising. Torres, clean sixth. Gallo, clean seventh. Walsh, clean eight. Then Seb Perez came on for the ninth and had some issues. After striking out James House to start the inning, he gave up three straight singles and left with one run in and men at first and second. Gino made the move to the closer, and as is often the case when a closer was not planning on pitching and comes in mid-inning, he is not as sharp. Andrew Walters gave up a two-run double to make it 9-7 before settling down and striking out the last two batters to end the game.

The series continues tomorrow and Sunday.

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Although born and raised in Connecticut, Toast has been a Miami Hurricanes fan since the mid 80’s. He wanted to like a team that none of his friends or relatives did. The fact that liking the Canes really annoyed the crap out of many of them was just the cherry on top of the National Titles. He left the north in 1997 with only his cat and got on I-95 South and didn’t stop until it ended. Over a 20-year career, he had successful stints on various South Florida radio stations before moving on to other interests in 2020. One of those interests was the Orange Bowl Boys podcast he started with two longtime friends in 2017. This whole website is a result of that fateful first episode…silly us, we thought we were going to roll LSU that first game in Dallas.

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