Early Hitting, Solid Pitching Pushes Miami Past Wolfpack
April 8, 2011
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami Hurricanes (19-11, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outlasted the NC State Wolfpack (18-13, 5-8 ACC) by a count of 4-1 on Friday night in the first game of a three-game set inside Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes were powered by a huge first inning that included three runs on five hits, and a dominating performance on the mound by freshman left-handed pitcher Bryan Radziewski.
The first run of the game – eventually being the game-winning RBI – was driven in by left fielder Chantz Mack who laced a double to straight away center field, scoring second baseman Zeke DeVoss from second. After a bunt single and stolen base by center fielder Nathan Melendres, first baseman Rony Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that plated Mack, and advanced Melendres to third. Freshman third baseman Brad Fieger gave the `Canes their third run of the inning with a RBI single to right.
The first inning offensive explosion was more than enough run support for Radziewski and the ‘Canes bullpen, who limited the Wolfpack to just one unearned run and five hits on the night.
Radziewski went 5 2/3 innings, while being tagged with an unearned run and striking out eight batters and spreading out three hits in his time on the bump. The eight strikeouts marked the Miami native’s third game of the campaign with eight or more K’s.
NC State’s lone run of the game came off a single from second baseman Matt Bergquist advancing left fielder Cameron Conner to third. Conner then scored on the same play via throwing error by Nathan Melendres on a relay attempt to the infield.
UMiami relief pitcher junior right-hander Travis Miller replaced Radziewski on the mound with two outs in the top of the sixth inning and tossed a flawless 2 1/3 innings – allowing no hits and striking out three. Miller has shown great consistency through four appearances this season, and has maintained a perfect 0.00 ERA with a 1-0 mark in relief action.
Melendres helped the Hurricanes add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth by driving in DeVoss who reached base safely two batters prior with a lead-off walk.
The RBI sac fly by Melendres was his 10th of the year.
Junior lefty Daniel Miranda came in to close the game in the top of the ninth for the Hurricanes, and was able to earn his team-leading eighth save of the season. Miranda finished the evening facing five batters, giving up two hits and striking out two in one inning work to close the contest.
Miami is now on a five-game winning streak, and hand the ball to sophomore Eric Whaley (5-1, 2.79 ERA) on the mound Saturday. NC State will counter with fellow right-hander Rob Chamra (4-0. 3.75 ERA) in the start for the Pack, who had a three-game winning streak snapped tonight.
Miami was led on the night offensively by Brad Fieger who went 2-for-4 at the plate with a RBI, and Zeke Devoss scored twice – including swiping his league-leading 18th stolen base of the game.
The Wolfpack were led by Andrew Ciencin who was also 2-of-4 at the dish. The Pack’s Cory Mazzoni took the loss, but struck-out 11 Hurricanes in 7 2/3 innings pitched.
In the win for Miami, Radziewski moved to 4-1 in league play, with a lone loss coming to Georgia Tech two weeks ago.
The Hurricanes will play NC State again tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The University of Miami Department of Athletics and baseball program will pay tribute to the 2001 NCAA Baseball College World Series title team on Saturday, April 9, prior to the Hurricanes’ Atlantic Coast Conference game with NC State.
The ‘Canes will enjoy a private reception at the stadium before their public recognition on the field that fans will not want to miss at 6:40 p.m.
The on-field recognition for the 2001 CWS title team will be followed by a short moment of silence for Luke DeBold, who was a member of the team and passed away last spring.
Players and staff members set to attend at this point include Chris Bell, Kevin Brown, Kris Clute, J.D. Cockroft, Andrew Cohn, Mike DiRosa, Tom Farmer, Greg Lovelady, Danny Matienzo, Marcus Nettles, Alex Prendes, Chris Sheffield, Mike Rodriguez, Vince Vazquez, Ethan Silverman, Lazer Collazo, David Diggs and Gino DiMare and trainer Kevin Blaske.
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University of Miami Postgame Notes:
With the win, the Hurricanes are now…
Out of the Gates
Picking it up
Travis Miller came in and overpowered the Wolfpack hitters in his 2 1/3 innings of relief work. Daniel Miranda closed it out with an inning of work to earn his eighth save of the season.
There he goes…
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