Women's Track: Lady Canes Take ACC Title
It came down to the final event and every point mattered, but the Miami Hurricanes won the 2018 ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
With 117 points, the Miami Hurricanes earned their third ACC outdoor championship and first since winning back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. Miami, which hosted the ACC Outdoor Championships, outlasted Virginia Tech (111 pts), Florida State (102.5), Clemson (74) and Louisville (69.5) to win the title on their home track.
"We've got a young group and they never stopped believing. I think they just came in here at their home track and they know there is tradition here and it meant as much to them as it does to me to win it at home. You never want someone else to beat you in your home facility, especially when you don't get the chance to host ACCs every year, so this was definitely special."
Miami was led to the title by ACC Women's Track MVP Symone Mason and ACC Women's Field MVP Michelle Atherley. The duo combined for 51.5 of Miami's 117 total points, with Mason adding 25 in the sprints and relays and Atherley contributing 26.5 from the heptathlon, high jump and 100m hurdles.
Baseball: Hurricanes Hang 16 On Hokies
Tony Jenkins returned to the Miami outfield on May 9 against FGCU in place of an injured Michael Burns.
He has made his presence felt ever since.
A day after scoring the winning run in a thrilling 12-inning victory, Jenkins clubbed the first two home runs of his career in Miami's 19-hit barrage, keying a 16-4 victory over Virginia Tech in Game 2.
Miami's offense tied the season mark for hits and set the season mark for runs in the win, extending UM's winning streak to seven straight games.
Miami capitalized on seemingly every scoring opportunity, collecting 11 hits with runners on base (11-for-25) and nine with runners in scoring position (9-for-22).
"Jenkins of course had the big day with two home runs, but lots of guys had a lot of big hits," head coach Jim Morris said. "We did well statistically with guys in scoring position and guys on base. We hit very well situationally."
Sophomore righthander Evan McKendry tossed eight strong innings for Miami, weaving his way out of significant damage for most of the afternoon. He struck out eight and scattered nine hits and four runs (three earned) in another quality effort.
Women's Tennis: Hurricanes Advance To Sweet 16
For the 12th time in 13 years, the University of Miami women's tennis team is headed to the NCAA Team Championship Sweet 16.
Miami (18-7, 11-3 ACC), both ranked and seeded No. 16, came back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits against No. 22 UCF Saturday in the Round of 32 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center, en route to a 4-3 victory.
The win clinched Miami's 23rd all-time Sweet 16 appearance, including the 13th under 17th-year head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews.
"It feels so good. To do it with this group, through the adversity that we've had, for this team to just stick together and fight is just [amazing]," Yaroshuk-Tews said of being back in the Sweet 16. "We're getting there with pure fight; that's what we're about. They were able to do that today through nerves and through doubts. They just stuck it out and they fought. I'm so proud of them."