Miami (FL) Edges Baseball, 6-3
March 19, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Brian Barton collected a career-high five hits as the sixth-ranked Miami Hurricanes dispatched the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team, 6-3, in front of 1,099 fans at Mark Light Field Friday afternoon.
The Hurricanes (17-3) took advantage of three UIC errors that lead to two unearned runs on the afternoon.
"We can't afford to make mistakes like that," UIC Assistant Coach Sean McDermott said. "Miami is a team that takes advantage of other team's mistakes and runs with it."
Barton collected two doubles and three singles on the day while driving in two runs. Paco Figueroa cracked his third home run of the season in the eighth to give Miami the final three-run cushion.
Touchet pitched 5.2 innings to improve his record to 4-0 on the season. He allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out five. The Miami bullpen pitched 3.1 innings and allowed only one earned run on two hits to clean up for the Hurricanes.
George Huguet came on to pitch the ninth inning and earn his fourth save of the season.
Jordan DeVoir led UIC with two hits and one run scored. Freshman Ryan Zink took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season. Zink pitched seven innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits, while walking four and striking out seven.
UIC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a RBI double from right fielder Mike Hughes.
Miami countered in the bottom half of the first inning with a RBI double off the bat of Brian Barton, scoring Jon Jay who had singled with one out.
The Hurricanes took their first lead of the afternoon in the fifth inning on a RBI ground out from Erick San Pedro and a Flames' error on shortstop Jordan DeVoir.
Miami tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning with a RBI single from Jim Burt and a RBI double from Barton.
Justin Johnson added a sacrifice fly to left field in the seventh inning for UIC's third and final run of the game.
The Hurricanes and Flames return to the diamond Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.