DURHAM, N.C. - Catcher Peter O'Brien went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI to lead No. 10 Miami to a 7-1 win over Duke on Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With the victory, Miami (16-4, 5-1 ACC) takes the weekend series from Duke (8-14, 1-5 ACC) two games to one.
Miami grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring on an RBI-double by O'Brien.
Center fielder Dale Carey tripled to the gap in right center with one out in the third. O'Brien then turned on a 2-0 offering and sent a two-run homer over the wall in left field to push the Hurricane lead to 3-0. It was the seventh home run of the season for O'Brien.
The Hurricanes loaded the bases in the fourth but Duke starter Robert Huber got O'Brien to fly out to the warning track in right to end the inning.
Shortstop Jarred Mederos doubled down the right field line and later scored on a fielder's choice in the sixth to give Miami a 4-0 advantage.
Duke loaded the bases in the sixth with two outs on the board to chase starter Steven Ewing from the game. Adam Sargent then came on in relief of Ewing and got right fielder Andrew Istler to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
The Hurricanes added a pair of runs in the seventh, scoring on a groundout and on a wild pitch to go ahead 6-0.
Right fielder Chantz Mack tripled to the wall in right to begin the top of the eighth. Two batters later, O'Brien drove in his fourth run of the day with an RBI-single to right to extend Miami's lead to 7-0.
Shortstop Andy Perez lined a leadoff double down the right field line in the bottom half of the eighth. Later in the inning, Istler sent a two-out RBI-single to center, driving in Duke's lone run of the game.
Ewing (3-0) picked up the win after holding Duke to five hits in 5.2 scoreless innings. Ewing struck out five and walked one in the win.
Huber (2-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in five innings of work. Huber struck out a career-high seven batters but issued a career-high five walks on the day. David Putman had three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief for the Blue Devils. Sarkis Ohanian added a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.
Catcher Mike Rosenfeld led Duke offensively, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles. Perez added two hits and a run scored, while Istler had that RBI-single in the eighth. Center fielder Will Piwnica-Worms, third baseman Jordan Betts and second baseman Mark Lumpa all added a hit for the Blue Devils.
Duke wraps up its eight-game homestand by hosting Liberty on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field. The Blue Devils then start an eight-game road swing at Virginia Tech next weekend.