CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- On a night dedicated to the legendary Ron Fraser, the Miami Hurricanes put together a performance he would have been proud of.
David Thompson continued his torrid start with two more RBIs on Saturday.
Javi Salas (2-0) went 5 2-3 strong innings for Miami as the Hurricanes beat UW-Milwaukee 6-1 on a special Saturday night at the ballpark.
As was the case on Friday night, the pitching led the way, and freshman sensation David Thompson provided plenty of offense for the Canes, driving in runs in the first and seventh inning with line drive doubles.
“Like I said before, the guys in front of me have been on base almost every time I’ve come up to bat, and just been putting some good swings on the ball right now,” Thompson said.
Thompson has 12 RBIs in his first six games to lead the team.
“The fact is he’s proven that he can hit,” coach Jim Morris said. “He’s a very confident player, to me a big player that can get it done in the crunch time.”
In memory of Fraser, Morris called Fraser’s famous ‘Grand Illusion’ pick-off play in the first inning. Although it didn’t work quite the way it did in the College World Series in 1982, it was a fitting tribute to ‘The Wizard.’
“I’ve been thinking about the grand illusion for I don’t know how long to be honest with you,” Morris said.
Alex Hernandez hit safely for the sixth consecutive game driving in his second run of the year with a single in the seventh.
The designated hitter, Michael Broad, added his first two RBI of the season on a double to deep center in the fourth inning. Broad is now hitting .428 through the early part of the schedule.
“If he swings the bat, then he’s going to play, that’s for sure,” said Morris of Broad, who started his fourth of the team’s six games this season.
Miami, which has played plenty of small-ball this season, got a run in the second inning when catcher Mitch Ghelfi caught Broad stealing second base, but the throw allowed Alex San Juan, who was on third, to swipe home.
The defense was big as well, with center fielder Dale Carey throwing out Luke Meeteer at third base in the third inning, as well as Brandon Lopez throwing out Ghelfi at home during a run down in the second inning.
Milwaukee got their run in the eighth inning when Jonathan Capasso drove in Luke Meeteer on a single off of Vince Kossak.
Kossak went 2 1/3 in relief of Javi Salas, working out of that jam in the eighth by getting Ghelfi to ground out.
AJ Salcines worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Hurricanes.
In a brief ceremony after the third inning, Fraser’s family unveiled a banner with the image of the late coach that will hang permanently on the wall in left center field at Mark Light Field.