The assumption was obvious.
Monday, the University of Miami was starting senior left-hander J.D. Arteaga, who has 35 career wins. USF was going with freshman left-hander Pete Ashley, in his third career start.
Arteaga was stellar for the 11th-ranked Hurricanes, allowing no runs on four hits through six innings. Ashley kept the Bulls in the game, but Miami (21-10) welcomed the USF bullpen with two runs in the sixth and nine in the seventh en route to a 13-2 victory before 1,505 at Red McEwen Field.
"We really got our butt kicked tonight, but that's going to happen in a 60-game season," USF coach Eddie Cardieri said. "Arteaga really pitched well tonight and really kept us off balance."
The 24th-ranked Bulls (20-9) threatened Arteaga in only the fourth inning, when centerfielder Mike Diaz and first baseman Ross Gload led off with singles. But Arteaga got the next batter, Jorge DeLeon, to hit into a double play, and Diaz eventually was stranded at third.
Ashley held Miami to four runs in 5 innings. He struck out seven.
Ashley was touched up in the third when Miami's Bobby Hill homered over the rightfield wall but had career highs in every statistical category.
"As a freshman, I thought that Ashley did a good job for us tonight," Cardieri said.
The real damage came off reliever Matt Divine in the Hurricanes' nine-run seventh. After an error started it, Miami lit up Divine with hit after hit. In 1 innings, Divine allowed eight hits and nine runs, six earned.
Trailing 13-0, the Bulls scored single runs in the seventh and eighth.
Freshman second baseman Tim Crosby looked the best out of the bullpen for USF, finishing with two scoreless innings. He gave up a hit and struck out one.
Tampa Jesuit graduate Jason Michaels went 2-for-5 for Miami, extending his hitting streak to 19, two shy of the school record.
The teams play again today at 3 p.m. at McEwen Field. Junior Scott Glaser (4-1) gets the start for USF.
"They're going to have their ace going," Miami coach Jim Morris said. "We know that they are going to be ready to play."
ECKERD 7, MERRIMACK 3: Homers by Chris Peckham and Eric Fisher carried the host Tritons (15-13). Fisher also tripled. Starter Cory Carlson (4-2) allowed no baserunners until the fifth inning.
_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.