Andrew Suarez put the Atlantic Coast Conference on notice Sunday afternoon.
Suarez (Miami Columbus) pitched six shutout innings and struck out seven while only giving up three hits to lead No. 19 Miami to a 6-0 win over visiting N.C. State and a sweep of the three-game series..
It was the first action that the junior has seen since the season opener against Rutgers. Suarez strained his oblique during his bullpen session before his next scheduled on Feb. 20 and hadn’t pitched since.
“I felt real good and real strong today,” Suarez said. “To have three weeks of rest and to do the amount of stretching that I have been doing, it has made me so much better.”
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Sam Abrams pitched a scoreless seventh inning and closer Brian Garcia started the eighth inning. Garcia lowered his ERA to 0.66 and didn’t allow a base runner. Miami didn’t walk a batter during the game.
“It’s great to be able to get Andy back and throw him back out there and have him respond the way he did. We had a pitch count of 70 for him and he threw exactly 70 pitches and was able to finish the inning,” coach Jim Morris said. “Our bullpen has done real well for us all year. They have given up two runs in the last 15 innings of work.”
Being able to throw his starter for six innings was a plus for Morris, who had to scratch Friday night starter Thomas Woodley after he was injured. UM used six pitchers Friday night.
The Canes chased N.C. State starter Johnny Piedmonte (1-1) early. He exited after four innings in which he surrendered five hits and was tagged for three unearned runs. Miami finished the game feasting on Wolfpack pitching, nailing them for 10 hits along with the six runs.
David Thompson hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning with Zack Collins on base to enhance the Canes lead to 6-0. He hit Joe O’Donnell’s second offering over the wall in left field that bounced on the UM track which is behind the stadium. O’Donnell was brought in to pitch to Thompson after Jon Olczak was lifted from the game after 31/3 innings of relief.
“He left a slider over the middle of the plate and I put a good swing on it,” said Thompson of his fourth home run of the year. “I knew it was gone when it hit my bat. I had a real good swing on it.”
▪ Broward College 7, Eastern Florida State College 6: Andres Lopez hit the winning two-run double in the eighth inning for the host Seahawks (13-15, 6-4 Southern Conference). Lopez finished 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI. Reliever Ryan Guerra worked a scoreless ninth for his second save. Alvin Swoope went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI for Broward. Brandon Gomez hit a grand slam for the Titans (15-14, 6-6).
▪ Nova Southeastern 19, Adelphi 2: The host Sharks (19-4) routed the Panthers (1-2) to win the series finale. Ryan Castellanos earned his his sixth win of the season, allowing two runs over seven innings.
▪ Southern Mississippi 10, FIU 0: The host Golden Eagles (11-7-1, 2-1 Conference USA) needed one inning to put away the Panthers (9-11, 1-2 ) and sweep the series. The Golden Eagles scored 10 runs in the sixth inning. The game ended after the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule. Southern Miss set a program-record with three triples in one inning when Matt Durst hit a RBI three-bagger. Daniel Keating also had two two-run triples.
▪ Lynn 90, Barry 82: The Buccaneers made a fierce comeback in the second half after falling behind by 15, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Fighting Knights in the NCAA Division II South Regionals in Lakeland. Barry finished with a school-best 25-6 record, but couldn’t advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
The Buccaneers, who dug themselves a 15-point hole in the second half, forced 17 turnovers to trim Lynn’s lead to one with 4:06 to play when Deric Hill buried a three-pointer. But Barry never could get over the hump as Lynn (21-9) led for all but 1:41 in the game. Yunio Barrueta finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals for Barry. Garner was 8 of 10 from the field for 16 points.
▪ Miami 6, Georgia Tech 1: The Hurricanes (9-2, 5-0 ACC) won their third straight road match to keep their perfect ACC record intact. The Yellow Jackets fell to 5-5, 2-2.
▪ Duke 6, Miami 1: The Hurricanes fell in a tough dual match to the host Blue Devils.