After sweeping its third straight ACC opponent this past weekend to extend its nation leading win streak to 12 games, the Miami Hurricanes baseball team made a jump in all of college baseball’s major polls on Monday. Miami defeated UCF 6-5 on Wednesday and then swept Pittsburgh by a combined score of 20-5 over the weekend.
The Hurricanes (25-12, 14-4) rose from No. 20 to No. 11 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s rankings, its biggest jump in any of the polls. They also jumped from No. 24 to No. 15 in the Baseball America poll, No. 24 to No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 25 to No. 17 in Perfect Game’s top 25 rankings.
Miami’s sweep of Pittsburgh over the weekend marked the first time the Hurricanes have swept three straight ACC schools since joining the conference in 2005. Miami’s pitching staff has been the catalyst during the team’s 12-game win streak, as evident during its sweep this past weekend.
On Friday starter Chris Diaz improved his record to 6-0 on the season and tied a career-high with ten strikeouts while surrendering just two runs on six hits. Andrew Suarez was fantastic in his start on Saturday as well, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Pitcher Bryan Radziewski finished off the sweep on Saturday with 6.2 strong innings while striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit and one earned run.
In addition to Pittsburgh, N.C. State (Mar. 28-30) and Virginia Tech (Apr. 4-6) were also swept by Miami during UM’s 12 streak. That streak has also moved Miami into a first place tie in the ACC with Virginia and Florida State with a record of 14-4. Miami’s impressive run started after it dropped two of three games to Virginia from Mar. 22-24.
After a tough series loss to the Cavaliers, the Hurricanes then defeated Florida Gulf Coast 4-0 on Mar. 26 before sweeping N.C. State. They followed that up with a 10-1 win over Bethune-Cookman and another sweep of Virginia Tech.
Miami returns to the diamond on Wednesday for a matchup with FAU, which defeated the Hurricanes 5-2 back on Feb. 19. Notre Dame will then be in Coral Gables for a three-game series from Saturday-Monday.