After losing the first two games of the weekend series against the Blue Devils, your Miami Hurricanes rebounded like Jimmy Graham or Kenny Kadji and beat Duke behind a dominant start from lefthander Andrew Suarez.
On Sunday, just a day after Kadji and the rest of the proud UM hoopsters finished the regular season on top of the ACC in basketball, the 24th ranked 'Canes finished off its series against visiting Duke with an impressive 5-3 win at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Suarez (2-1) went a career-high seven innings in the victory, scattering six hits while allowing just one earned run. The Miami, Fla., native, who struggled last time out against Florida, rebounded with a dominant outing to help the hosts take their first conference win of 2013.
After falling behind 1-0 early, the Hurricanes (13-4, 1-2 ACC) responded with a three-run third inning to take their first lead of the weekend. First-year shortstop Brandon Lopez opened the inning with a walk from Duke righthander Robert Huber (2-1). After allowing a second consecutive free pass to first baseman Christopher Barr, who was making his first career start in the field, Huber was pulled in favor of reliever Michael Matuella.
The pitching change wouldn’t slow down Miami, however, as a two-RBI single from Chantz Mack and an RBI single from Alex San Juan helped guide the Hurricanes to a 3-1 lead. Miami would tack on two more in the sixth, on a one-out single from Alex Hernandez that plated catcher Garrett Kennedy and
a sacrifice fly from Mack which scored Brandon Lopez.
The Blue Devils (8-7, 2-1 ACC) would get one back in the eighth on a solo shot from Jordan Betts off AJ Salcines. But senior Eric Nedeljkovic pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his first save of the 2013 season.
The Hurricanes host a midweek set with visiting Illinois State beginning Tuesday, March 12 before traveling to No. 1 North Carolina for a weekend series in Chapel Hill on Friday, March 15.