For those who have enjoyed the great outdoors and know how it works, the way of the wild is: "Sometimes U eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats U."
Your #13 ranked Miami Hurricanes broke out with a big offensive performance Sunday afternoon and powered their way to an 11-2 series-clinching victory over the Maine Black Bears at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
After connecting for just two hits Saturday night, the Hurricanes rebounded with their best offensive output of the series Sunday afternoon. The Hurricanes (2-1) struck for eight runs over the game’s first three innings, jumping out to a commanding advantage and cruising to a win in front of a crowd of 2,726.
The way lefthander Andrew Suarez pitched, they might not have needed all the fireworks. The talented southpaw put forth a dominant outing, striking out 10 Maine batters and allowing just four hits and one earned run over five innings. The 10 strikeouts were a career high for Suarez (1-0), whose velocity overpowered the Black Bears (1-2) at the plate.
“I felt like [Maine] wasn’t catching up to my fastball,” Suarez said. “I threw a lot of fastballs, and mixed in some sliders because they have a lot of lefties. I worked on keeping the ball low and trusting my defense.”
Miami finished the game with 12 hits, including six extra-base hits, and rebounded from a disappointing effort Saturday with a convincing victory.
“That’s the way I expected this team to play,” head coach Jim Morris said. “They practice as hard as any team I’ve had at Miami, and we were as well-prepared coming into the season as anyone.”
Four players connected for their career-first hits: freshmen Willie Abreu, Laz Rivera and Brad Zunica, as well as redshirt freshman Edgar Michelangeli.
After striking out in the first inning, Abreu connected on a double to deep left in the third and was rewarded with a standing ovation from the crowd.
“You can definitely feel the pressure a little bit in the first few at bats of your career,” Abreu said. “Finally getting that hit out of the way, the other at bats are a lot more loose.”
Thompson rebounded from a 0-for-4 showing Saturday with his first two hits of the season – a double in a five-run third inning and another double in the fourth. Senior outfielder Dale Carey continued his hot start to the season with a 2-for-3 performance, and finished the series hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a .571 on-base clip.
“We hit the ball real well, drove the ball a lot better than the last two games obviously,” Thompson said. “We just played a lot more of a complete game today.”
The Hurricanes scored runs in each of the first three innings, including the five-run outburst in the third that sent Miami to an 8-1 advantage. Thompson’s connected on a lead-off double, and senior designated hitter Brad Fieger chased Maine starter Jake Marks (0-1) with an RBI single up the middle.
“We talked about scoring early and getting the lead today, and our hitters did a very good job – all of them,” Morris said.
One last little word of advice on bear safety: "Never ever, hike alone. Because remember, U don't have to outrun the bear, just your friends!"