UM men’s baseball 7, Rutgers 0

University of Miami opens baseball season with sweep of Rutgers


For The Miami Herald

Andrew Suarez made his season debut and struck out three batters over five scoreless innings to lead host University of Miami to a 7-0 victory and a series sweep over Rutgers on a chilly Sunday afternoon.

Suarez (Miami Columbus) missed nearly his entire freshman season because of shoulder surgery.

After a rocky start the 6-0, 205-pound left-hander adjusted to the chill, struck out three batters and gave up no runs through five innings.

“It felt really good to be back,” said Suarez, who totaled only 21/3 innings in 2012. “It was hard to grip the ball because of the cold, so I really had to trust my defense.”

And the Canes defense was solid. The team turned four double plays, committed only two errors and held the Scarlet Knights (0-3) to two earned runs through the three-game series.

“I thought our fielding the whole weekend was good,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “We had a few errors, but other than that we played outstanding. We had great communication, and I was pleased overall on the entire effort physically and mentally on how we played the game.”

The Hurricanes (3-0) jumped on the board in the third inning, scoring two runs on back-to-back RBI from Chantz Mack and David Thompson.

After scoring a run each in the fourth and the fifth innings, Dale Carey hit an RBI single and Brad Fieger knocked in two runs on a double in the seventh to give UM its final margin.

“It was great seeing a lot of our rookies getting good hits this weekend,” Morris said. “It is going to be a team effort, and this weekend they did that together.”

UM finished the series with a total of 28 hits and 16 runs scored. The Canes are back in action Wednesday night at FAU.

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