By Austin Sapin
After a perfect 4-0 week, the Miami Hurricanes (17-12, 8-4 ACC) are back in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings at No.24.
Following a midweek win against Florida Gulf Coast, the Canes went into Raleigh, NC and won all three games against the previously ranked NC State Wolfpack.
Miami was able to pull out two tight 2-1 victories on Saturday from Friday’s suspended game and Game Two. The Canes were led by strong starting pitching from Chris Diaz and Andrew Suarez as well as solid work from Thomas Woodrey and Bryan Garcia out of the bullpen.
On Sunday, the Hurricanes were boosted by Zack Collins, who had two home runs and six RBI’s on the day. The six RBI’s for Collins was the best offensive performance by a Miami hitter since Scott Lawson drove in six against Texas A&M in 2010, while the multi-home run game was the first for a Hurricane since Peter O’Brien accomplished the feat in 2012 against Duke.
The three victories gave the Hurricanes seven wins against ranked opponents through 29 games this season.
Miami looks to build on their strong play of late as they face off against Bethune-Cookman, Wednesday at Mark Light Field at 7 p.m.
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