Wildcats Dealt 17-0 Loss By No. 16 Miami in Perfect Game
March 4, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - In the first of two games between the teams No. 16 Miami (6-5) rode a perfect game from pitcher Javi Salas to a 17-0 victory over Villanova (2-8) at Alex Rodriguez Park on Tuesday evening. Salas (1-1, 1.59 ERA) retired all 27 batters in the game and pitched with a lead from the third inning on. He had six strikeouts, including a swinging strikeout to end the night.
After the Hurricanes went down in order in the bottom of the first inning they scored in each remaining inning. Miami plated an unearned run against Wildcats freshman starting pitcher Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) in the second inning and broke through with two outs in the third to add three runs and stretch the lead to 4-0.
Seven of the first eight Hurricanes runs scored with two outs and Miami led 8-0 through five innings before tacking on five runs in the sixth, three in the seventh and one more tally in the bottom of the eighth. A total of 14 different Hurricanes batters reached base safely via a hit, a walk or a hit by pitch.
Schryver (0-2, 8.22 ERA) gave up four hits in three innings but that was enough for Miami to score six runs (five earned) against him. Six different Villanova pitchers appeared in the game and each allowed at least one run.
Although the Wildcats did not have a base runner in the game there were still some hard hit balls. Sophomore shortstop Eric Lowe (Arlington Heights, Ill.) lined a ball that looked to be headed up the middle leading off the sixth inning but second baseman Alex Hernandez made a smooth backhand grab and threw to first for the out.
The seventh and eighth innings each ended with big defensive plays in left field. Senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) hit a rising liner to left with two outs in the seventh inning and Jacob Heyward reached above his head to make the catch with the ball still rising. With two outs in the eighth inning freshman right fielder Donovan May (Newark, Del.) hit a sinking liner to left field and Sebastian Diaz dove towards the line to make the catch as the ball was falling away from him.
Brad Fieger and David Thompson each had two hits and drove in three runs for the Hurricanes.
The second and final game in the series will be played on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.