With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the tenth inning, freshman outfielder Willie Abreu drove in the go ahead run with an RBI single to kick off a three-run inning as the No. 25 Miami Hurricanes defeated Florida Gulf Coast 5-2 on the road Wednesday night.
After Dale Carey and Tyler Palmer reached base, Carey was able to use his speed to score from second on Abreu’s single that reached the outfield. Brad Fieger then scored Palmer with a base hit and Garrett Kennedy knocked a single to drive in Ricky Eusebio, who was pinch running for Fieger.
Miami (12-10) trailer early in the bottom of the second inning when FGCU catcher Andrew Valencia hit an double to score the game’s first run but answered right back in the top of the third when Palmer hit a 2 RBI single to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. Palmer finished the night 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored.
The score remained the same all the way until the bottom of the seventh when Valencia drove in another run with a single to tie the game at 2-2.
While the game remained tied, freshman pitcher Bryan Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth in relief before Miami took the lead in the tenth. Garcia finished off the win for the Hurricanes with another scoreless tenth to pick up his second win of the season.
The Hurricanes will now get ready for a big series this weekend against No. 3 Virginia that begins Saturday night at 7 PM at Mark Light Field, with games two and three slated for Sunday and Monday night at the same time.