The 2013 campaign was a banner season for the University of Miami club baseball team. Not only did the Hurricanes win more games than ever before, but the team also managed back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in program history.
Russ Wylie spins a breaking ball.
The Canes nearly qualified for the playoffs as well, pushing the Florida Gators to a do-or-die final game that saw Miami come up short.
Leading the way, the Miami pitching staff allowed fewer than four runs per game while striking almost seven and walking less than three batters. Starters Sal Maffei, Steven Muraco, and Dan Briggi kept offenses at bay while Doug Christoph, Stephen Ranieri, Kris Kosick, and Russ Wylie slammed the door in the later innings.
The Miami offense was propelled by many important individual performances throughout the season. Tom Harrington led the team in batting average, on-base percentage and in slugging. Matt Fernandez paced the offense with 22 hits, Eric Alvarado stole the most bases, and Jalen Eutsey drew the most walks. Rich Moriarty came up with the most clutch performance of the season by driving in the tying and game-winning runs against rival Florida State in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Hurricanes pitched and hit enough to be successful, but the team's defense led to the 14 wins.
The team will be back next fall to continue the journey toward the playoffs with new officers Dan Briggi, Sal Maffei, and Rich Moriarty. Along for the ride will be this roster and new additions. The Hurricanes wish the best of luck to departing seniors Ryan Solow, Gavin Good, Matt Corrigan, Miguel Michelangeli, and Chris Curcio.