On Friday, Miami welcomed St. John's to The Light for a three game series. This was the final non-conference series for the Canes. Miami's bats were productive for a change as they scored a season high 12 runs en route to a 12-5 series opening victory. The offense was lead by Brad Fieger and Brandon Lopez who each had three hits. Fieger was 3-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Lopez was 3-4 with a walk, 2 RBIs and a run scored. Chris Diaz was solid once again tossing a scoreless 6 innings while allowing just one hit and striking out six. Diaz retired 14 of the last 16 Red Storm hitters he faced and improved his record to 4-4. He also lowered his ERA to 1.42.
On Saturday, Miami was looking to win the series over St. John's and they did just that with a 4-2 win. The Canes were down 1-0 until the bottom of the 4th when they scored 2 runs to take the 2-1 lead. St. John's would respond with a run in the top of the 5th to tie the game, but Miami would regain the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th, which would result in the final score. Bryan Radziewski was sharp as usual going 8 innings while allowing just 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 8 strikeouts. Chantz Mack, who was celebrating his birthday, led the way offensively going 3-3 with a triple, an RBI and 2 runs scored. David Thompson also contributed going 2-4 and also adding 2 RBIs. Eric Nedeljkovic tossed a scoreless 9th inning while striking out 2 to earn his 11th save. Radziewski got the win improving his record to 8-1 and his ERA stands at 0.97.
The Canes were looking to sweep the Red Storm on Sunday, and were able to do so recording a 6-4 victory. Five starters had multiple hits for Miami, led by Alex Hernandez who went 2-4 with 3 RBIs. Tyler Palmer, David Thompson, Garrett Kennedy, and Ricky Eusebio all added 2 hits as well. Even though he didn't factor in the decision, Andrew Suarez was pretty good again going 6 2/3 innings while giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 6 strikeouts. Eric Whaley came on in relief of Suarez tossing 1 1/3 innings while allowing an unearned run on 1 hit to receive the win and improve his record to 2-1. Eric Nedeljkovic threw a 1-2-3 9th to record his 12th save.
This was a much-needed sweep for Miami after they lost 2 of 3 to a bad Boston College team last weekend. Miami's record now stands at 32-18 and 11-13 in the ACC. The Canes are currently 5th in the coastal division, with Wake Forest and Georgia Tech remaining on the schedule.
There is no mid-week game this week, so the next time the Canes take the field will be on Friday in Winston-Salem as they take on Wake Forest in a three game series. Friday's game is at 6, Saturday at 4, and Sunday at 1.