CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- With two of Miami's top starting pitchers out with injuries, a trio of starters stepped up in their absence.
Andrew Suarez earned his first win at UM.
Andrew Suarez pitched five scoreless innings to help lead the Miami Hurricanes to a three-game sweep over Rutgers with a 7-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
Suarez (1-0), making the first start of his career and first appearance since having Tommy John surgery last April, allowed five hits and walked one while striking out three.
"It felt really good (being back)," Suarez said. "I really didn't have my stuff today because of the (cold) weather and I didn't have a grip on the ball. I just trusted my defense to do the plays."
Miami’s starting rotation over the weekend of Chris Diaz, Javi Salas, and Suarez combined only allowed two unearned runs in 17 innings on the weekend as projected starters Eric Whaley and Bryan Radziewski are out with injuries.
"It's big. If you can say you're whole rotation gives up no runs and they go pretty deep for the first series--five or six innings--you've got to feel good about your pitching. All three of those guys threw well particularly with guys that we expect to be our No. 1 and No. 2 not in for the weekend."
Whaley is expected out 1-2 weeks with shoulder tightness and Radziewski is expected back in 2-4 weeks while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
A total of five newcomers recorded their first hits at Miami over the weekend as David Thompson drove in five runs, Alex Hernandez had a hit in all three games, and Brandon Lopez had three hits in Saturday's doubleheader.
Grant Heyman watches his first hit as a Hurricane in the fourth inning.
"Getting their first hit is great or the first RBI is great and a lot of them did," Morris said.
Mack and Thompson had RBI groundouts in the third to give Miami a 2-0 lead. Thompson led the team with five RBIs on the weekend going 2 for 9 at the plate.
Grant Heyman, an 11th-round draft pick last June, made his UM debut and delivered an RBI single in his second at-bat to stretch the UM lead to 3-0.
Alex San Juan’s sacrifice fly in the fourth pushed the lead to 4-0 before Miami scored three runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Dale Carey and a two-run double by Fieger down the left-field line.
Vince Kossak pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Suarez allowing one hit.
Charlie Law took the loss for Rutgers allowing four runs in six innings.
Notes: LHP Thomas Woodrey will make his scheduled start Wednesday at FAU despite throwing a scoreless inning in relief on Saturday. … LHP AJ Salcines was the only UM pitcher to allow an earned run on the weekend as he surrendered two earned runs in the ninth inning of the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. … UM was 2 for 6 in stolen base attempts on the weekend as Jeff Melillo was tough on the Canes behind the plate. "Their catcher is outstanding," Morris said. "We got thrown out some at second base, but their catcher is probably their best player. He can really catch and throw. We were trying to be aggressive and run in running-type situations and he did a good job throwing guys out. But we've got to be aggressive and our guys that can run have to run, and they've got to figure it out."
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