Normally, a sweep over Duke isn't anything to get overly excited about, but this is a Duke program that is steadily improving, and this year's team is their best in recent memory. This was an impressive sweep, make no mistake.
Friday night went as so many Friday nights have gone this season. Chris Diaz was nothing short of fantastic. He threw eight innings, giving up two hits and one run with three walks and five strikeouts.
Had we known how well Diaz was going to throw, we could have wrapped the game up after one inning, as Miami jumped out to quick 3-0 lead and never looked back on the way to a 6-1 victory.
The Hurricanes offense tallied eight hits in the win, five of which came from freshmen Willie Abreu and Zack Collins. Abreu went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Collins had a huge day, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. He also hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season.
The win for Diaz moved his record to a perfect 9-0.
On Saturday, Miami seemingly ran away with a 9-1 win, but that doesn't tell the whole story.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when both teams scored a single run. Then, it remained tied at one until the seventh when Miami plated two. It wasn't until the eighth, after six Miami runs, that the game got out of hand.
Both teams got outstanding starting pitching. Duke's Trent Swart threw 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and three runs (two earned runs) with four walks and six strikeouts. Miami's Andrew Suarez was just better. He threw seven innings, giving up five hits and one run with two walks and three strikeouts on the way to his fifth win of the season.
Offensively, Dale Carey stole the show. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored and five RBI, hitting his sixth home run of the season along the way. Jacob Heyward, who has seen increased playing time of late, chipped in with three RBI and two runs scored as well.
On Mother's Day, Miami found themselves being tested, but they showed how resilient they are once again by coming back and completing the sweep.
Bryan Radziewski wasn't sparkling, but after spotting the Blue Devils three runs early in the game, he settled down and kept his team in the game long enough to allow them to mount a comeback. When it was all said and done, he had thrown seven innings, giving up ten hits and three runs with one walk and four strikeouts.
On offense, Carey was the star again. He was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Tyler Palmer, hitting second behind Carey, chipped in with a 2-for-4 day with two runs scored and an RBI.
The win for Radziewski pushed his record to 6-2. Bryan Garcia, who threw two hitless, scoreless innings with two walks and a strikeout after B-Rad was lifted, recorded his 14th save of the season.
Starting on Thursday, the Miami Hurricanes will close out the regular season this weekend in a series against North Carolina at home.