The Hofstra baseball team’s 5-0 upset of 14th-ranked Miami Sunday was a signature win for the program and one that head coach Patrick Anderson expects to carry some confidence into next season.
Hofstra’s shutout of the Hurricanes, a program that has captured four national titles, represented the highest ranked opponent the Pride had ever beaten, eclipsing a victory over 15th-ranked Old Dominion on April 7, 2006. Anderson, who has been Hofstra’s head baseball coach since 2009 and served as an assistant in Hempstead from 1998 to 2001, said the only other win he has experienced with the program that compares to the Miami triumph was a victory at Virginia Tech on April 8, 1999.
“This one is the best win we feel for this program,” said Anderson. “Hopefully it will do wonders and these kids will never forget it.”
Hofstra’s shutout win pitched by David D'Errico (six innings) and Jeff Guthridge (three innings) over Miami Sunday came after losing the first two games of the three game series 16-4 and 9-3. With Hofstra eliminated from contention for the four-team Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) playoffs, Anderson is happy to see how his team is competing late in the season and being rewarded with a win over a national power like Miami.
“The kids did a great job and it was awesome to watch,” said Anderson. “They keep battling.”
After traveling to Virginia Commonwealth for a three-game set starting Thursday, Hofstra (12-29, 9-15 in CAA) will close its 2011 season at home with a series against Old Dominion next weekend.