#24 Miami (2-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. Missouri (2-1, 0-0 SEC)
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Feb. 21, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field | Coral Gables, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- After capturing its opening series with Rutgers by winning two of three games, No. 24 Miami continues a season-opening, seven-game homestand on Wednesday with a matchup against Missouri. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. from Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Senior lefthander Michael Mediavilla (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will oppose Missouri junior righthander Brian Sharp (0-0, 0.00) in the matchup, slated for broadcast on ACC Network Extra and WVUM 90.5 FM.
The Hurricanes captured Game 1 and Game 2 against the Scarlet Knights, with junior Danny Reyes leading the offensive charge for the hosts. Reyes, who was named ACC Co-Player of the Week Monday for his standout weekend at the plate, batted .727 for the series with one home run, four doubles and four RBI. His .727 average was the fifth-highest in Division I after the first weekend of action across the nation.
Senior Jeb Bargfeldt did not disappoint when given the Opening Day nod. The Oklahoma native, who was a second-team All-ACC selection a season ago, picked up where he left off with five innings of one-run ball. Bargfeldt, who ranked second in the ACC in ERA as a junior, has allowed two or fewer runs in 13 of his 16 career starts at The U.
Miami was ahead early in Game 3, but Rutgers capitalized on some defensive miscues in the middle innings to salvage the series with a 7-5 victory.
One of the weekend's storylines was Miami's "Fab 5" freshmen, who comprise the starting infield. Four true freshmen - first baseman Alex Toral, second baseman Willy Escala, shortstop Freddy Zamora and third baseman Raymond Gil - join redshirt freshman catcher Michael Amditis in the Hurricanes' infield.
Toral homered for his first career collegiate hit, becoming the first Hurricane to do so since All-American slugger Zack Collins did so in 2014. Amditis ranked second behind Reyes with a .417 average for the weekend, while the other members of the infield - Escala, Gil and Zamora - each collected their first collegiate hits and played impressive defense behind Miami's pitchers.
Junior righthander Andrew Cabezas picked up his first save of the season, while freshman righthander Daniel Federman did not allow a run in two appearances spanning 4.2 innings.
Missouri opened its season by taking two of three games against FIU in a series hosted by the Panthers at FIU Baseball Stadium.