"It was a great game," head coach Jim Morris said. "Clemson is a nationally-ranked team and they're near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It's a huge series for us, especially after losing the first game."
Suarez (3-3) scattered just six hits on the day, going the distance for the first time as a Hurricane in the third complete game for a Miami pitcher this season. The southpaw bested his previous career-high in innings pitched (7.0), striking out five batters and walking none in the best outing of his career.
"It was one of the best feelings I've had yet," Suarez said of his first career complete game. "Especially throwing it here in my hometown, I had my family here watching me and a few friends."
The southpaw helped Miami set the mark for second-fewest runs allowed in program history over a three-game series (two), delivering the second complete game shutout of the season for Miami. On the weekend, the Hurricanes' allowed two earned runs over 24 innings for an ERA of 0.75.
The Hurricanes (27-16, 10-11 ACC) gave their starter a lead during the first two innings of the afternoon, as RBI doubles from outfielders Chantz Mack and Dale Carey guided the hosts an early 3-0 advantage.
"Ever since the first inning, I was locating my pitches," Suarez said. "Once my offense got a few runs in, I was more relaxed. I let my defense do the work."
After recording a game-high three hits in Saturday's 2-1 victory, Mack connected on his fifth double of the season in the bottom of the first to give Miami a 1-0 lead. With junior Alex Hernandez on second after a basehit earlier in the frame, Mack belted an offering from Clemson (27-13, 13-8 ACC) starter Clate Schmidt into the left-center gap, sending Miami to a 1-0 lead.
Just as it had in Saturday's 2-1 victory, a sacrifice hit played a key role in the Hurricanes' next scoring chance. With Brad Fieger (walk) on first and Garrett Kennedy (single) on second, freshman shortstop Brandon Lopez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance both runners a base. Carey then cracked the very first pitch he saw from Schmidt (3-2) down the leftfield line, plating both runners with ease for the 3-0 advantage.
"I've been working on things with the coaches, just trying to get it going here," said Carey, who finished with three RBI's. "That at bat I went up there and said 'put the ball in play hard' somewhere, and get the runners in."
Carey was also a key figure in the decisive fifth inning of Saturday's victory, advancing on a sacrifice bunt after connecting for a leadoff single. He would later score what proved to be the game-winning run on an RBI single from Hernandez, which helped set up Sunday's rubber match.
The Hurricanes struck together three singles to make it 4-0 in the fourth, ending Schmidt's day after just 3.2 innings. With Lopez on second and junior Tyler Palmer on first, Hernandez looped a single to centerfield. Centerfielder Thomas Brittle's throw was wide of the bag, plating Lopez from second and advancing both runners a base. On in relief, freshman Zack Erwin got David Thompson on a lineout to center on the first pitch he saw to end the threat.
"The tone is really set by Suarez,” Morris said. “As normal, pitching is the name of the game, and he pitched a tremendous game."
The Hurricanes wrap up their five-game homestand Wednesday with a midweek matchup against FAU. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.