Miami defeats Bethune-Cookman behind Garland shutout in seven innings

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Winning second-year right-handed pitcher Jake Garland throws the ball during Miami’s win over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Mark Light Field. Photo credit: Alex Carnochan

Miami baseball looked easy against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, winning 9-0 at Mark Light Field on Tuesday night.

Controlling from start to finish, the No. 5 Canes took their home record to 20-4 and earned their 12th straight win at home.

Sophomore starter Jake Garland (6-1) continued his impressive 2022 campaign, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out seven batters. Garland improved his ERA to 2.19 and struck out eight straight batters at one point in his win.

“A big part of the success of my release was my slider,” Garland said. “My slider was working great. My fastball hits the plate and my slider goes. Having two pitches going in different directions really makes it difficult for hitters. I worked on it in my last bullpen, getting the rotation right.

Miami (29-8, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored a run in each of the first two innings thanks to a sacrificial fly from second baseman Yohandy Morales, paired with three Bethune-Cookman errors and a wild pitch .

The Hurricanes offense did its real damage later, scoring seven runs between sixth and seventh.

Outfielder Jacob Burke started the sixth with a brace and was joined on base by outfielder Gaby Gutierrez and second baseman Henry Wallen after an error and a walk. Receiver Carlos Perez’s sacrifice steal scored Burke, and second baseman CJ Kayfus followed Perez with an RBI single, scoring Gutierrez.

Freshman outfielder Edgardo Villegas scored a brace into right field to tag Wallen and Kayfus to wrap up the scoring in the sixth and increase the lead to 5-0.

Other than a 2-for-4 outing from right fielder Christopher Patterson, a transfer from Miami-Dade College, Bethune-Cookman (16-20) never found a spark. Seven runners remained on base, as the Wildcats went 0-for-6 when runners were in scoring position.

Miami kept the pressure on in the seventh, as each of the front four Hurricanes reached base.

Gutierrez and Wallen drove in the first two innings, while Kayfus hit a clutch double at two to score Gutierrez and sophomore shortstop Dominic Pitelli to extend the lead to nine. Kayfus added another impressive performance to an already excellent season, going 3 for 4 and beating on three points.

“Once a guy gets hit, it’s super contagious, that’s what happened with us,” Kayfus said. “I was just trying to keep my mojo, not change anything, stay the same.”

Sophomore CJ Kayfus goes to second base for a single during Miami's game against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Mark Light Field.
Sophomore CJ Kayfus goes to second base for a single during Miami’s game against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at Mark Light Field. Photo credit: Alex Carnochan

Sophomore Alex McFarlane and junior Anthony Arguelles took on pitching duties in the eighth and ninth, knocking out Bethune-Cookman’s remaining offense and securing the win for Miami.

“It was one of those games where it was slow going and you wait and wait,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “Luckily we were able to put up some numbers there in those innings. I was happy to see the bats come to life and get hits, two-hit hits there.

Miami continues its home stretch with a three-game series against Pittsburgh starting Friday. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m.


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