BOCA RATON, Fla. -- No. 20 Miami took down Florida Atlantic 5-4 in 11 innings Tuesday night to remain perfect on the season.
The win moved the Hurricanes to 4-0 on the year and came courtesy of an 11th inning RBI single from Brad Fieger.
“Tonight was a great game. We are very fortunate to have won,” head coach Jim Morris said.
Miami found themselves trailing for a majority of the contest, but where able to tie game in the top of the eight inning on a home run from freshman first baseman David Thompson. The long ball sent the game into extra innings and allowed for the Hurricanes to piece together a come-from-behind win.
Left fielder Tyler Palmer made a diving catch with the bases loaded at the bottom of 10th inning, before Fieger came trough with the pivotal at-bat in the 11th.
The junior third baseman smacked a single down the right field line to score pinch runner Chris Barr and give Miami their only lead all night.
“Every game has to be a team effort, and tonight was a good example of that,” Morris said. “Thompson of course had that home run, Fieger gets the hit and Palmer makes the diving catch - a lot of guys made plays.”
Frank Grandinette, AJ Salcines and Eric Nedeljkovic combined for four scoreless innings in relief with the later picking up his first career win. Nedeljkovic struck out a pair in two and a third innings work and was able to keep the Owl’s batters a rest.
Thomas Woodrey started the game for Miami and pitched four and two thirds innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs. The freshman - who was making his first career start - struck out five and rendered a solid outing.
“Woodrey I thought pitched very good in his first start. He did a great job of getting ahead of hitters and pitching well,” Morris said.
FAU built an early lead off of an RBI single in the bottom of the second before a two-run home run in the fourth inning would put the visitors in a 3-0 hole.
Palmer would get Miami on the board in the sixth, leading the inning off with a double. Chantz Mack followed in suite with a triple of his own scoring Palmer, before a wild pitch would score Mack and cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Hurricanes would surrender another run to FAU, before Thompson would step up to the plate and tie the game with his home run.
“This was a team win,” Thompson said. “Everyone contributed. Our pitchers came through and our defense was good, but we still have a long way to go before we are where we want to be. We’re looking forward to how we have started and are happy about it.
Thompson finished the night 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks. Mack was just 1-of-5, but managed an RBI triple with his only hit.
Miami will now host Milwaukee for a three-games stand this weekend. The win over FAU marks the end of any mid-week games away from home, meaning the only other games on the road for the Hurricanes are against ACC conference opponents.
“The mid-week games are tough, but we’re lucky, because a lot of teams want to play at our place. It’s nice,” Morris said.