Miami Wins Series Opener Over Wake Forest, 7-4

April 2, 2010

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami starter Chris Hernandez allowed three runs over seven innings and Chris Pelaez homered and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Hurricanes to a 7-4 win over Wake Forest on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Wake Forest drops to 9-19 and 2-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Miami improves to 18-7 and 8-2 in league play.

Hernandez (4-2) earned the victory, giving up three runs, only one earned, on six hits over 7.0 innings of work. Hernandez struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Wake Forest starter Michael Dimock (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, on 10 hits with a career-high tying seven strikeouts and a walk in 5.1 innings.

The Demon Deacon bullpen combined to throw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Eli Robins, Ryan McGrath and Zach White each turned in scoreless outings out of the bullpen.

Mike Murray led Wake Forest at the plate, finishing the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs. It was Murray's 12th multi-hit game of the season and 42nd of his career. Trenton Langston and Mac Williamson each added an RBI. The RBI for Langston was the first of his collegiate career. Steven Brooks recorded two stolen bases for the third straight game, increasing his season total to 17.

Pelaez homered for the fifth time on the season to lead the Hurricanes offensively. Pelaez went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Stephen Perez added two hits and two RBIs, while Yasmani Grandal, Frankie Ratcliff and David Villasuso each contributed two hits.

Miami grabbed an early lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Pelaez tripled down the right field line. It appeared that Dimock would get out of the inning unscathed, but a fielding error by Mark Rhine on a slow grounder by Nathan Melendres allowed Pelaez to score and put Miami in front 1-0.

The Hurricanes tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third. Ratcliff started the inning by lining a single to center and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zeke DeVoss. Perez drove home Ratcliff with a ground-rule double down the right field line. Scott Lawson grounded out to first to move Perez to third. Grandal singled through the right side of the infield to plate Perez and put Miami on top 3-0.

Wake Forest scored its first run of the game in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Carlos Lopez doubled to the left center field gap and then came around to score on a double by Williamson down the left field line. Taylor Kaprive was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Shane Kroker struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Hurricanes stretched their lead to four with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Pelaez led off the inning with a solo home run over the right field wall, his fifth round-tripper of the year. With one out, Villasuso dumped a single into left center field. Ratcliff tripled down the right field line to score Villasuso from first for Miami's fifth run of the game.

Wake Forest responded with two runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Ryan Semeniuk reached on an infield single. Steven Brooks reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop, allowing Semeniuk to advance to second. A double steal moved each runner up a base. Murray lined a single up to middle to score both Semeniuk and Brooks and trim the Hurricane lead to 5-3.

Miami got a run back in the bottom of the fifth. Lawson led off the inning with a single to right field. A double to left by Grandal moved Lawson to third. Harold Martinez drove home Lawson with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Hurricanes plated a run for the fifth straight inning in the home half of the six, scoring once. With one out, DeVoss was hit by a pitch and scored all the way from first on a double by Perez to deep left field.

Wake Forest put together a rally in the top of the ninth, scoring a run. Ryan Lloyd led off the inning by hitting the first pitch of the frame through the right side for a base hit and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Langston singled up the middle to score Lloyd from second. Wake Forest was unable to push another run across as Miami held on for the 7-4 win.

Wake Forest and Miami continue the three-game series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Freshman LHP Tim Cooney (3-1, 2.97) will start for the Demon Deacons, while Miami will counter with junior LHP Eric Erickson (2-1, 3.34). Saturday's game will also be televised by CSS.

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