Suffolk Sports Hall of Famer Neal Heaton was selected to the University of Miami’s all-time starting nine. Heaton, who was inducted to the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, is also an inductee of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and University of Miami Athletic Hall of Fame. His jersey is retired at Sachem and Miami. Quite simply: he is one of the best to ever do it, so it’s no surprise he is ranked by NCAA.com as the top pitcher in Miami history.
Heaton, a two-time All-American who was a consensus First Team selection in 1981, is responsible for Miami’s two winningest individual seasons for a pitcher. He won a school-record 18 games as a sophomore, then 16 the following year, which is tied for second in program history. Heaton’s career 2.03 ERA ranks as the second-lowest among Hurricanes pitchers of all-time.
Heaton’s college statistics jump off the page, whether it’s his single-game numbers (he once had a school-record 23-strikeout game), single-season numbers or career accomplishments. His 42 wins rank second in school history, and he’s third in complete games (19) and strikeouts (381).