A two-run double by Kevin Howard in the eighth inning lifted the No. 2 Miami Hurricanes to a 9-4 come-from-behind win over the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers. Howard drove in three runs and turned a key triple play as the Hurricanes took the series two games to one.
Trailing 4-1, the Hurricanes (2-1) broke out the big sticks as Kevin Mannix and Matt Dryer slugged back-to-back home runs in the seventh to pull within 4-3.
A single by Javy Rodriguez and a walk to Danny Figueroa set the table for Howard's game-winning double off the center field fence. Dryer later singled home Howard, and Greg Dini laced a three-run single to right center for the final margin.
Ryan Moffett and Brandon Hopkins each slugged home runs for Tennessee's scoring effort. Moffett capped a four-run fourth inning for the Vols with a three-run home run to give Tennessee a 4-1 lead. Hopkins began the frame with a solo home run over the 365-foot sign in right-center field.
Brian St. Jean (0-1) was saddled with the loss, while George Huguet (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Hurricanes.
After allowing a run in the first, Tennessee (1-2) starter Jeffery Terrell was nearly untouchable over the next five-plus innings as he retired 17 of 18 hitters before allowing the home runs in the seventh.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Rodriguez scored on a ground out by Howard after reaching on a bunt single, moving to second on a balk and third on a hit by Figueroa.
With the bases loaded in the sixth, the Vols saw their scoring threat end as Moffett lined to third which was the beginning of a triple play that saw Howard tag third base and throw to first to retire the side.
Miami starter T.J. Prunty, who shutout the Vols on two hits through the first three innings, was chased in the fourth after allowing the two home runs.
Tennessee travels to Tempe, Ariz., to face the Arizona State Sun Devils, Feb. 8-10.