(Coral Gables, Fla.) – The Miami Hurricanes (26-17) came back in their home ballpark to defeat the nationally ranked Stetson (32-12) baseball team 7-3 Wednesday night. Dennis Raben homered, doubled, drove in two runs, and pitched a scoreless inning of relief to lead Miami.
A two-out single in the third from Miami native Jeremy Cruz gave the Hatters a 3-1 lead. Earlier in the inning Braedyn Pruitt drove in Shane Jordan to tie the score.
Miami scored the game’s first run when Raben led off the second inning with his 11th home run of the year.
The Hurricanes tied it in the bottom of the third when Yonder Alonso cracked a two-run homer to center. It was his team-leading 12th long ball.
Mark Sobolewski put Miami ahead in the sixth when his double brought home Jemile Weeks from first base. Stetson starter Corey Kluber (8-1) faced only one more batter before suffering his first loss of the year. The right-hander turned in five innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts.
Miami starter Manny Miguelez (1-2) settled down after Stetson’s three-run third inning. He set down 13 of his last 14, including 10 in a row at one point, after Cruz’s two-RBI single that gave the Hatters their only lead. The left-hander went seven innings, allowing six hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts to notch his first win of the year.
Miguelez received more support in the seventh. Blake Tekotte was hit by a pitch to start the inning and eventually scored on a 2-out double from Raben to make it 6-3. Weeks then drove home Raben with a single for the final score.
For Stetson, Jordan swatted two hits, stole a base, and scored a run. Braedyn Pruitt also turned in a multi-hit night, adding an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Robbie Donovan chipped in with a scoreless relief inning.
The Hatters have the weekend off and next play at UCF Wednesday May 2 at 6:30 p.m.