Junior Andrew Cabezas shined in his first start of the season, Miami's offense shook off a slow start to the series, and the Hurricanes departed Durham Bulls Athletic Park with a resounding 8-2 win over No. 23 Duke Sunday afternoon.
Cabezas, who had not made a start since helping clinch a College World Series trip in an NCAA Super Regional game in 2016, was dominant from the outset against the Blue Devils. He struck out five, walked just one and needed only 74 pitches in an efficient outing.
Cabezas (1-2) was backed by an offense that was more than Duke righthander Ryan Day could handle. The Hurricanes tagged Day for two runs in the first, two more in the second, and chased him in a third inning where they extended their early lead to 7-0.
Senior Hunter Tackett had his first three-hit game of the season (3-for-3), freshman Dylan Cloonan had the first three-hit game of his career (3-for-5) while three other Hurricanes had multi-hit performances.
Miami out-hit the Blue Devils (16-4, 4-2 ACC), 15-7, on the afternoon, while Day was charged with a career-high six runs in just 2.1 innings.
The 15 hits were tied for the most by Miami in any game this season.