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No. 5 Baseball Wraps Up Road Schedule at Duke

'Canes looking to finish strong.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Courtesy UM

SERIES INFORMATION – GAMES 50-52

#5 MIAMI HURRICANES (35-14, 19-5 ACC) at #30 Duke Blue Devils (30-18, 15-9 ACC)

Durham, N.C.  •  Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000)


Fri., May 9 (6 p.m. ET) • Sat., May 10 (1 p.m.) • Sun., May 11 (12 p.m.)

TV: RSN / ESPN 3 (Sunday only) | Talent: Mike Hogewood (pbp), Nick Belmonte (color)

Video: GoDuke.com. Blue Devil Network (Friday, Saturday) ($)

Student Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM | WVUM.org (all three games) 

SERIES HISTORY

The Miami Hurricanes hold a commanding 26-7 all-time series advantage over the Blue Devils, including a 10-1 all-time mark against Duke in Durham, N.C. Miami dropped two of three against Duke at Mark Light Field in 2013.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Game One: MIAMI LHP Chris Diaz (8-0, 2.15 ERA) vs. DUKE RHP Drew Van Orden (5-3, 2.96 ERA)
Game Two: MIAMI LHP Andrew Suarez (4-2, 2.64 ERA) vs. DUKE LHP Trent Swart (4-1, 0.90 ERA)
Game Three: MIAMI LHP Bryan Radziewski (5-2, 3.45 ERA) vs. DUKE RHP Michael Matuella (1-2, 2.56 ERA)

WEEKEND NEWS AND NOTES

ROAD WARRIORS...

• The No. 5 Hurricanes will wrap up their 2014 road schedule this weekend beginning with Friday’s series opener against the Duke Blue Devils. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. from Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

• Miami carries the nation’s longest road winning streak (12 games) into Friday’s series opener, and has swept three ACC road weekend series this spring. Miami has an overall away record of 14-5, including an impressive 10-2 mark in ACC road contests.

• The Hurricanes hold a commanding all-time series advantage of 26-7 over the Blue Devils - as well as a 10-1 mark in Durham - but dropped two of three games in last year’s head-to-head series at Mark Light Field.



STREAKING SUCCESS...

• Miami is the hottest college baseball team in the nation, having won 22 of its last 24 games and is now in sole possession of first place in the ACC.

• With Monday’s No. 8 ranking from Baseball America, Miami has earned its highest ranking from the publication since March 2009.

• The Hurricanes’ current 12-game road winning streak is the second-longest in program history, short of a 16-game runduring the team’s 2001 national championship-winning season.

• With its impressive recent stretch, which included what was the nation’s longest winning streak at 14 games (March 26 - April 19), Miami moved into the top five of a national poll for the first time since March 2009 when it was ranked No. 4 byCollegiate Baseball Newspaper on April 28.

• Miami set a new program record with 10 consecutive ACC wins during the 14-game winning streak, besting the previous long (nine consecutive) by one win.

BUILDING A RESUME...

• Miami has won 22 of its past 24 games, including four sweeps in its last five conference weekends, to vault to No. 16 in the latest WarrenNolan.com Top 25 RPI (May 8).

• Miami has 20 wins against teams in the Warren Nolan Top 100 RPI, including four against teams in the top five RPI: one against No. 1 RPI Virginia, one against No. 3 Florida State, and a series victory (two wins) against No. 2 Florida.

• The Hurricanes’ remaining schedule includes a road series with No. 70 RPI Duke and a home weekend against No. 44 North Carolina. Miami’s strength of schedule is rated No. 28 by Warren Nolan.