No. 16 Miami Baseball Opens ACC Play Against Eagles

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All you need to know for this weekend's series.

Courtesy UM

GAME INFORMATION – GAMES 13-15
#16 MIAMI HURRICANES (7-5, 0-0 ACC) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (6-6, 0-0 ACC)

Fri., March 7, 2014 (7 p.m. ET) • Sat., March 8, 2014 (7 p.m. ET) • Sun., March 9, 2014 (1 p.m. ET
Canes All-Access • WVUM 90.5 FM • Coral Gables, Fla. • Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field (4,999)

SERIES HISTORY

Miami leads the all-time series 15-6-0 and 10-1-0 at Mark Light Field… Boston College won the last match-up between the two teams, a 2013 battle in Chestnut Hill, Mass., by a final score of 3-2 in 11 innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

WVUM 90.5 FM • WVUM.org

Announcers: Alex Somer, Neil Dwyer, Matt Ciabattari

PROJECTED STARTERS

Friday: MIAMI LHP Chris Diaz (3-0, 1.89 ERA) vs. BC RHP John Gorman (2-1, 1.00 ERA)

Saturday:
MIAMI LHP Bryan Radziewski (0-2, 4.20 ERA) vs. BC LHP Andrew Chin (2-0, 0.54 ERA)

Sunday: MIAMI LHP Andrew Suarez (1-1, 5.82 ERA) vs. BC RHP Jeff Burke (0-0, 5.23 ERA)


NEWS AND NOTES

CONFERENCE COMPETITION...

• No. 16 Miami opens ACC play this weekend with a three-game series against Boston College. Miami dropped two of three on the road in Chestnut Hill in 2013, but holds a 15-6 all-time advantage over the Eagles.

• The Hurricanes’ challenging 2014 slate includes weekend series with five teams ranked in the most recent Baseball America top 25 poll: Virginia (No. 1), Florida State (No. 2), NC State (No. 6),Clemson (No. 15) and North Carolina (No. 21).

• Miami’s nonconference competition has included series with then-No. 16 Florida at home, No. 2 FSU on the road, 2013 America East regular season champions Maine, and a midweek matchup with FAU - who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

SIMPLY PERFECT...

• Senior RHP Javi Salas twirled just the second perfect game in program history and the 23rd in modern NCAA Division I history (since 1957) in a 17-0 shutout of Villanova on March 4.

• Salas needed just 113 pitches to get through his outing, scattering six strikeouts across his night of perfection. His perfect game was the first for a Miami pitcher since Kevin Sheary accomplished the feat on March 4, 1987.

• Sheary and Salas, who was voted team captain for the second consecutive season, both share the jersey No. 22.

• Miami’s two perfect games are tied with Auburn and Iowa for the second-most of any program all-time behind Washington State’s three. Salas’ perfect game was the first for any Division I pitcher since Will Roberts (Virginia) in 2011.

• Salas’ younger brother Jorge, a freshman at UM, was on the WVUM 90.5 FM call for his older brother’s special night. Salas had not thrown a no-hitter or perfect game at any level before Tuesday night’s masterpiece.

• Salas, a Coral Gables native and graduate of nearby Christopher Columbus High School, was selected in the 38th round of the 2013 MLB Draft but elected to return for his senior season.

POWER SURGE...

• Miami ranks first in the ACC with 10 home runs through its first 12 games of the regular season. Dale Carey leads the team with three homers, while Zack Collins and Garrett Kennedy have two apiece.

• Carey (game two, solo) and Brad Fieger (game one, two-run) each connected for home runs in the team’s sweep of Villanova.

• The Hurricane offense exploded for six home runs in its series with Florida (Feb. 21-23), the most for a Miami team in a single series since an April 2010 weekend set at Virginia Tech.

• Collins became the first Hurricane since current San Diego Padres slugger Yonder Alonso (2006) to record a home run as his first collegiate hit - a three-run blast against Florida (Feb. 22). He also recorded home runs in an exhibition with the Marlins (solo HR, Feb. 26) and on the road at Florida State (two-run HR, March 2).

• Miami did not record its 10th home run in 2013 until an 8-3 win over Wake Forest on May 10 - the team’s 51st game of that season.

THREE UP, THREE DOWN...

• Junior LHP Chris Diaz picked up his third straight win to open the 2014 season in a 3-1 victory over Florida State (Feb. 28).

• Diaz, who ranked second in the ACC in ERA in 2013 (1.64), did not pick up his third win of the 2013 season until March 22 against Virginia Tech. He finished 2013 with a 7-5 record.

• The Florida City, Fla., native went seven innings without allowing an earned run against No. 2 FSU, and lowered his career ERA to 2.18.

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