The 15th-ranked University of Miami baseball team rebounded from a Friday night fiasco to take the regular season finale by the score of 5-2 from Duke at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
The Hurricanes finished the 2011 regular season with a 34-20 record (19-10 ACC) while the Blue Devils ended the year at 26-30 (7-23 ACC).
Yet it wasn't A-Rod, but R-Rod, that led Miami to victory on Saturday over Duke. The Hurricanes' Rony Rodriguez, who hit a two-run home run and had three RBI, combined with Zeke DeVoss, who had an impressive four hit performance of his own on the day, to lead the UM offense.
The UM pitching staff allowed only three hits to the Dukies on a bright, beautiful, sun-splashed afternoon in Coral Gables to help the Hurricanes clinch the series and send the Hurricane faithful home happy on Fan Appreciation Day at the ARP.
Several Hurricanes were honored with team awards during the game. The recipients of the honors and accolades were:
Rookie of the Year – P Bryan Radziewski
Home Run Award – OF Rony "R-Rod" Rodriguez
Ron Fraser Top Pitcher Award – P Eric "Bob Marley And The" Whaley
Werner “Winner” Award – OF Nathan "Hot Dog" Melendres
Novins “Fan Vote” Award – Radziewski
Most Valuable Player – Zeke "Beep Beep" DeVoss
Next up for the Hurricanes is the ACC tournament in Durham, NC. Today the Conference announced the complete pairings and starting times for the 2011 ACC Baseball Championship which will be held Wednesday through next Sunday (May 25-29) at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
No. 1 overall seed, Coastal Division co-champion Virginia (22-8 ACC), will be placed atop Division A for the second straight year and will be joined by No. 4 North Carolina (20-10), No. 5 Miami (19-10) and No. 8 Wake Forest (15-15).
2011 Atlantic Division champion and defending ACC champion Florida State (19-11) is seeded second and will be joined in Division B by No. 3 seed and Coastal Division co-champion Georgia Tech (22-8), No. 6 Clemson (17-13) and No. 7 NC State (15-15).
Miami's first game of the tournament will be played at 11 AM on Thursday against North Carolina.