The Miami baseball team beat Duke 10-2 on Saturday to win the weekend series and finish the regular season 37-18 overall and 18-12 in the ACC. Miami will enter the ACC Tournament as the fourth seed. After losing the series opener 5-3 on Thursday, Miami rallied for a 10-8 win on Friday night before the Saturday victory.
Duke began the series by rallying from a 3-1 deficit with single runs in each of the last four innings for a 5-3 victory. Miami had an epic rally on Friday night to defeat Duke. The Hurricanes scored three in the eighth inning, two in the ninth and two in the 11th to win 10-8 on a walk-off home run by catcher Carlos Perez.
Miami had balance throughout the lineup in their win on Friday. Renzo Gonzalez and Perez led the Hurricanes with three RBIs each. Three Miami pitchers combined to shut out Duke over the last 5.2 innings for the win. Andrew Walters shutdown down Duke in the final two innings not allowing a hit or run and striking out three.
A Zach Levenson grand slam in the bottom of the third opened the scoring on Saturday to give the Miami baseball team a 4-0 lead. Miami kept the pressure on with one run in the fourth inning, two in the seventh and three in the eighth to punctuate a 10-1 victory. Walters pitched the ninth inning to close out the win.
A good run in the ACC Tournament will be critical for Miami to impress the NCAA Tournament committee and earn a national seed to host a regional. Miami was unable to get out of the 2022 regional after hosting. Miami entered play on Saturday 19th in the RPI and moved up two spots after beating Duke on Friday night.
The Hurricanes should move up again after the win over Duke on Saturday. Miami will play Duke and North Carolina State in pool play at the ACC Tournament next week. Duke began Saturday 15th in the RPI and North Carolina State is 25th. Miami has a good chance for resume-boosting wins early in the ACC Tournament.