BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
Memo to the Miami Hurricanes: Skip the batting cages Saturday night.
In an embarrassing display of dominance, the University of Miami scored 20 runs in the first six innings Friday at Mark Light Field and continued to roll to a 26-0 victory over New York Institute of Technology.
The No. 17 Canes (36-13, 19-8) produced their most runs since May 2, 2003, when they beat Pace 27-1.
“Wild and crazy game,’’ said UM coach Jim Morris. “A very complete game for us. Sometimes you get rolling and it’s tough to stop.
“I don’t remember many times in my career I’ve seen games like this, to be honest with you.”
Morris said he began to “empty the benches pretty much” in the fourth inning, at the end of which UM led 17-0. “Every hitter we had went into the game.’’
The Canes hit four home runs: a two-run shot to center by Zack Collins in the second, a grand slam to right by Garrett Kennedy in the third and two in the sixth – a solo boomer by Jacob Heyward and two-run shot by David Thompson.
UM has now won six consecutive games, four of them shutouts. Over those six games (Florida State, Pittsburgh three games, Bethune-Cookman and New York Tech), Miami has outscored its opponents 82 to 8.
“We went into it not knowing what type of team they were,’’ Collins said. “I’m not saying because of the score they’re a bad team or anything, but we just played hard and hit the ball and pitched well and played defense well.’’
NYIT (14-28), which had six hits, used four pitchers who combined for 250 pitches.
Thomas Woodrey (5-2) pitched five innings for the win, with Jesse Lepore and Daniel Sayles each going another two.
The Canes, who are done with their school year, face NYIT again at 7 p.m. Saturday and conclude the weekend series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“It feels good to be able to finish strong and now be able to focus solely on baseball,’’ said Kennedy, who earned his degree Thursday in business law.
Added Collins: “It’s awesome to just come out here and play ball and that’s all you have to worry about.’’