The top-ranked University of Miami baseball team won its eighth Atlantic Coast Conference game in a row and 12th consecutive game overall on Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, as it beat Duke 14-2 in the series opener.
Senior left-hander Thomas Woodrey settled down after a rocky few innings to deliver a strong outing for the Hurricanes, who won for the 23rd time in their past 25 contests.
Woodrey (4-2), who struggled to find the strike zone early and surrendered a pair of runs (one earned) in the second inning, outlasted Duke ace right-hander Bailey Clark in his third consecutive quality start.
The southpaw would not allow a run after the second and scattered six hits over a 95-pitch, six-inning performance.
The Hurricanes (28-4, 12-2 ACC) needed a little more than three innings to chase Clark, who surrendered four runs on four hits and three walks before being pulled.
UM would add seven insurance runs in the ninth to blow the game open against Duke (19-16, 6-10).
Juniors Willie Abreu (3 for 5, two doubles, two RBI) and Johnny Ruiz (2 for 2, four RBI, four walks) paced the offense, which tagged eight Duke pitchers for 12 hits and drew 11 walks.
An RBI single by Abreu off Clark opened the scoring in favor of the visitors in the top of the second.
▪ Miami Dade College 5, Eastern Florida State College 4: The host Sharks (26-17, 15-10) outlasted the No. 1 team in the Southern Conference. After trailing the Titans 4-2, MDC’s Brandon Vicens belted a home run, which brought Raul Cabrera home and put the Sharks up 5-4 in the eighth inning. Cleveland Westbrook sealed the win by picking up three strikeouts.
▪ Barry 12, Saint Leo 8: Visiting Barry (20-18, 4-10 Sunshine State Conference) earned its first night win in three weeks, defeating Saint Leo (22-16, 5-8).
FIU SPRING FOOTBALL GAME WASHED OUT
The FIU spring football game was cancelled because of inclement weather on Friday night.
The Panthers will kick off the 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1, at home against Indiana.
For FIU football ticket information or to purchase season tickets, visit www.fiusports.com or call 305-FIU-GAME.
▪ Florida Southern 6, Nova Southeastern 1: Host Nova Southeastern (11-32, 1-18 SSC) lost to Florida Southern (12-25-1, 4-11-1) after a two-hour weather delay.
▪ Virginia Tech 6, UM 1: The visiting Hurricanes fell to No. 40 Virginia Tech. Max Andrews gave Miami its only victory, defeating No. 65 Andreas Bjerrehus 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6). It was Andrews’ first singles win over a ranked opponent this season.
▪ UM 6, Syracuse 1: Host UM rolled over No. 32 Syracuse to stretch its winning streak to 12. Seventh-ranked Miami (16-4, 11-2 ACC) moved to 8-0 all-time against Syracuse (12-7, 6-7).
Miami FC loses
In a match that saw two goals taken off the board by offside calls and another two finding the woodwork, visiting Miami FC lost out to Jacksonville 2-1.
Miami FC scored its lone goal in the 26th minute, as a Matuzalem free kick bounced around the box, eventually landing at the feet of Adailton. Adailton then played a perfect ball to the far post, where Dario Cvitanich headed home the ball for his third goal in as many matches.
Miami FC is back in action next Friday at home against Rayo OKC.