The Hurricanes made their lackluster Atlantic Coast Conference opener one to forget.
Duke didn’t mind.
Behind efficient pitching and timely hitting, the Blue Devils defeated Miami 4-2 on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
“We got outplayed in every phase of the game,” said UM coach Jim Morris, whose Hurricanes fell to 12-3. “[Trent] Swart pitched an outstanding game. And their bullpen was outstanding. They outhit us and they played better defense tonight.
“They deserved to win, no question. We’ve got to play better.”
Nineteen of the game’s 20 hits were singles, with the double by Duke’s Mike Rosenfeld in the first inning.
Duke pitcher Trent Swart (2-0, 1.88 ERA) scattered seven Miami hits in six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out six for the win.
He didn’t allow a walk – and neither did middle reliever Robert Huber or closer Andrew Istler. Huber struck out five in two innings without allowing a hit.
Istler, who grew up in Wellington and started the game in left field, earned his third save of the season in the ninth.
UM’s Brad Fieger led off the ninth by reaching first on a catcher’s interference call, and was replaced by pinch-runner John Lawroski. But a double play erased that hope, and Michael Broad grounded out to short to end the game.
UM starter Chris Diaz (1-1, 1.44) allowed a career-high 11 hits — seven of them with two outs.
Diaz gave up all four runs, three of them earned. He walked one and tied a career high with five strikeouts.
“With two outs I’ve got to do a better job of making pitches and keeping the ball down,’’ Diaz said. “This team was aggressive and they hit.”
Duke (7-6, 1-0) hit .209 as a team for the first six games this season. But the next seven, including Friday’s going into the ninth, the Blue Devils were hitting .291.
Duke struck first in the opening inning when leadoff hitter Andy Perez singled to right and scored on Rosenfeld’s double down the right-field line — combined with a fielding error by right fielder Chantz Mack.
The Blue Devils made it 2-0 on a ground out by Jordan Betts.
The Hurricanes began their half of the first with singles by freshman Ricky Eusebio and junior-college transfer Alex Hernandez, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Mack.
The Canes made it 2-2 in the third when Carey legged out an infield single, stole second and scored on a single to right-center by Hernandez.
The Blue Devils broke the tie with a run apiece in the fifth and sixth.
“The guy was mixing his pitches well,” Hernandez said of Swart. “He had us off balance. He did a good job.
“We’re not going to get down on ourselves. We’re just going to come out fired up and keep playing.”
The Canes meet Duke again at 7 p.m. Saturday, with right-handed junior Javi Salas (2-0, 0.51) slated to get the start for Miami.