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Miami Hurricanes Baseball Opens Regional Play with Crisp 6-2 Win VS FIU

Richard Lewis/Miami Athletics

The University of Miami's Baseball Program has had no shortage of recent success in the regular season.

The postseason however, has been a different story.

Armed with a deeper line-up, a national seed, and rejuvenated hopes, UM looked to start this postseason with a bang.

Mission accomplished.

Aided by a big offensive game from slugger David Thompson (3 hits, 3 RBIs), and a sharp pitching performance from Andrew Suarez,  the 'Canes opened regional play with an impressive 6-2 win over FIU  in front of a sellout crowd at Mark Light Stadium.

A two run RBI double by Thompson, that followed an RBI ground out by George Iskenderian, made it 3-0 UM in the bottom of the first.

By the end of the inning, Miami had batted around and plated 4 runs.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Thompson again would strike, this time with an RBI single to make 6 to nothing.

Meantime, the lefty Saurez cruised.

He was unscathed until the top half of the eighth when two FIU runners managed to score.

The junior and 2nd round draft pick of MLB's Washington Nationals, scattered that pair of runs over 7 hits with 5 K's and no walks in 7+ innings of work.

Cooper Hammond came on and worked a scoreless 8th and 9th to seal the deal.

Additionally UM was aided by 3 Golden Panthers' errors whereas  Miami was flawless in the field.

Not a bad start for the #1 rated RPI team in the country.

But there is still much work left to be done.

Next up: Miami faces Colombia, who defeated East Carolina 6-3. in the opener from Coral Gables.  The 'Canes and Lions will square off tomorrow night at 7PM.