UM baseball finishes regular season hot with sweep at Louisville

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The Miami Hurricanes baseball team is heading into the postseason hot.

Outfielder Jordan Lala drove in two runs and the UM pitching staff pieced it together for a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon at No. 19 Louisville in the regular-season finale ahead of ACC Tournament play next week.

Completing the sweep of the Cardinals, the Hurricanes finish their regular season on an upswing as winners of eight of their past 10 games. They became the first opponent to sweep at Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium since East Carolina took the first three games ever played at the ballpark on April 15-17, 2005.

UM (32-17, 20-15) finishes second in the ACC Coastal standings behind Georgia Tech and will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament.

“It’s been an up-and-down year here,” Miami coach Gino DiMare said in quotes released by the team. “The word we’ve used is ‘inconsistent’ and a bit of a roller coaster. At the end of the day in baseball, it’s the teams that get hot at the end that are going to have success.

“We’re winning games, but I still would like us to play more team baseball,” DiMare added. “We’ve got to swing the bat better. The pitching was outstanding, but we gave them some chances there by not scoring runs in the second half of the game. ... I’m just waiting for us to put it all together. It was a huge, huge weekend for us as we get ready for the ACC tournament.”

Hurricanes starter Jake Garland pitched five innings, giving up an earned run on three hits and three walks.

With UM leading 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, reliever Daniel Federman stranded the tying run on third to preserve the advantage. Federman then shut the door in the ninth to cap his 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the save.

Miami scored three runs in the fourth inning for all the offense in a game where the team had just three hits. First, Adrian Del Castillo had an RBI single up the middle. Then, Lala drove in two with his two-out single to right.

Miami won the series opener 6-1 on Thursday night as designated hitter Raymond Gil blasted two home runs.

On Friday, four UM pitchers combined for a shutout and Yohandy Morales’ two-run homer provided the offense for a 2-0 win.

The ACC Tournament is scheduled to run from Tuesday through Sunday, May 30 at Truist Field in Charlotte.