College Park, Md. • Shipley Field
24-14 • 8-9 ACC
|B. Radziewski (5-1)
|B. Kirkpatrick (2-3)
|E. Nedeljkovic (8)
|Palmer, Thompson 3
|Convissar 2, Wade
April 12, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Powered by an offensive surge from freshman David Thompson, the Miami Hurricanes captured a series-clinching 5-3 victory Saturday night against Maryland.
After delivering a 13th-inning double and scoring the game-winning run in Friday’s series opener, Thompson connected on his third homerun of the season to open the game’s scoring in the second inning. The Miami, Fla., native crushed a 1-2 offering from Maryland starter Brady Kirkpatrick into the leftfield netting, giving the visitors the early lead. He would add a two-run double in the sixth, as he reached base three times and matched a career-high with three RBI’s on the night.
Coming off an electric performance in a shutout win over fifth-ranked Florida State, junior southpaw Bryan Radziewski (5-1) delivered another strong outing against the Terrapins (18-17, 4-13 ACC). Radziewski scattered five hits in six innings of work, allowing two earned runs while striking out six batters. It was the sixth quality start in seven chances for the lefthander this season.
The Hurricanes (24-14, 8-9 ACC) had runners in scoring position in back-to-back innings after Thompson’s solo blast, but were unable to extend their advantage in the early going.
Senior Chantz Mack walked and stole his third base of the year in the fourth, later advancing to third on a groundout from senior Alex San Juan. With two outs, senior Michael Broad delivered what looked like a bloop single, but a terrific defensive play from Maryland shortstop Blake Schmit on a diving extension ended the threat.
Sophomore catcher Garrett Kennedy, who has excelled behind the plate for head coach Jim Morris and his staff, delivered a single through the rightside to open the fifth. But after taking second on a successful sacrifice from junior Alex Hernandez, Kennedy was stranded after Kirkpatrick induced the final two outs of the frame.
Thompson, who narrowly missed out on his second homerun of the night on a deep flyball in the fourth, delivered another big hit in the sixth to increase Miami’s lead. The freshman slugger lined Kirkpatrick’s pitch past a diving Jose Cuas at third, scoring both Mack and junior Tyler Palmer, who opened the frame with back-to-back singles to give Miami a 3-0 lead.
Radziewski cruised through the game’s early innings, striking out six batters through his first five innings on the mound.
He worked himself into a jam in the sixth by allowing a single to Charlie White and a double to Jordan Hagel to open the inning. An RBI groundout from Kyle Convissar and an RBI single from LaMonte Wade cut into Miami’s lead, tightening the margin to 3-2. Radziewski then hit a batter and issued a walk to load the bases, but got out of the jam with no further damage by inducing a weak groundout from Schmit.
Miami added to its lead in the seventh, chasing Kirkpatrick out of the game after Hernandez smacked a double into leftfield to open the frame. Hernandez, who took third on a sacrifice bunt from Brandon Lopez, would score on an RBI single from Palmer to increase Miami’s lead to 4-2.
Hernandez’ hit continued an impressive trend for the Hurricanes in game two. The leadoff batter reached base in eight of the nine innings, a key factor in all of Miami’s five runs.
An RBI double from Convissar off freshman reliever Thomas Woodrey would cut the lead to one run once again, but a wild pitch from Maryland reliever Jared Price with the bases loaded in the eighth scored Kennedy to make it 5-3 in favor of Miami.
The Hurricanes will return to Shipley Field for the series finale of their weekend set with Maryland on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.