According to the D1 Baseballs top 25 rankings, released Feb. 16, the Miami Hurricanes are the best college baseball team in the nation.
The Hurricanes earned their top first seed prediction after sweeping Rutgers 3-0.
The first game of Rutgers was a tough 2-1 nailbiter in which Miami played excellent defense but had no offensive power. Miami first got two runs in the 3rd inning after two singles by JP Gates and Anthony Miller, set up an Adrian Del Castillo 2 run hit. However, Rutgers was vying for a comeback after Chris Brito, Rutgers first baseman , hit a solo home run in the eighth to centerfield. The Hurricanes managed to ride the storm out for the rest of the game.
The second game was much easier for the hurricanes, with an easy 8-2 victory over Rutgers. The game had to be played in two days because of rain delays.
Adrian Del Castillo started off the game with a solo home run. Rutgers then changed the lead from runs by Richie Schiekofer and Mike Nyisztor from Rutgers. Miami responded with two runs as Adrian Del Castillo bombed a homerun to the right side of the field.
The next couple innings were scoreless. However, Gabe Rivera sealed the game with a grand slam to make it 6-2. After the grand slam, the game was closed due to inclement weather. When the Hurricanes came back, JP Gates belted a homer for a 7-2 lead. The game would end as the Miami Hurricanes went 2-0 in the season.
The third game was a high scoring game which ended 13-6 in Miami’s favor. Adrian Del Castillo, already having an impact in the last two games, got another RBI as he got Tony Jenkins to score. The Rutgers pitcher then walked another Miami Batter, forcing Jared Thomas to score a run.
In the second inning, the Hurricanes then continued to increase their lead, with a wild ball allowing Jordan Lala to steal home increasing the score to 3-0. After that, Raymond Gil hit a 2nd base that was fielded incorrectly, adding two more runs to the ever increasing 5-0. After three consecutive singles, hits by JP Gates and Tyler Paige increased the score to 7-0 in three innings.
Rutgers ended Miami’s pitcher Slade Cecconi 5 inning no hitter when a Rutgers batter singled. The Scarlet Knights then loaded the bases, with a pop-fly allowing Rutgers to score one run.
Anthony Vilar increased Miami’s lead right after, bringing two home runs on a double. He would later score himself to make it a 10-1 game.