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May 25, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - Miami, which scored just one run in its first two ACC Tournament games, doubled that total in the first inning against Clemson Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. That was more than enough for Hurricane starter Bryan Radziewski, who stifled the Tigers for eight scoreless innings as Miami coasted to a 7-0 victory.
"We knew we had to get ahead," Brad Fieger, who had the big first-inning hit. "We play a lot better when we're ahead."
Both teams came into the game 0-2 in pool play. Miami had been outscored 17-1 in its first two games. Clemson had played better, but was coming off a crushing 14-inning loss to North Carolina that ended well past midnight.
Miami entered the game without head coach Jim Morris who did not travel with the team to Saturday's gamedue to illness. But the Hurricanes did have the services of its ace left hander - Radziewski (W, 9-2) has dominated Clemson this season, allowing just six hits, one run and striking out 15 in 15 innings of work.
"Basically, I was able to locate my pitches," Radzieski said. "I had control of my off-speed pitches."
Miami jumped on top early against Clemson starter Clate Schmidt (L, 3-4). The `Canes did all the early damage with two outs. Right fielder Chantz Mack walked and third baseman David Thompson was hit by a pitch. Fieger doubled both runners in with a shot off the left-field wall to give Miami an early 2-0 lead.
Miami stretched that lead in the second when left fielder Tyler Palmer singled home first baseman Chris Barr, who had walked and moved to second on shortstop Brandon Lopez's single. The Hurricanes added another single run in the fifth when Mack walked, stole second and came home on David Thompson's single.
Mack was also the instigator in the seventh when he led off with a single, reached third on an error by Clemson's Kennedy at third base, then scored when the Tigers failed to turn a double play on Barr's grounder to second.
The Hurricanes added single runs in the eighth and ninth, building a seven-run margin that allowed Radziewski to rest on his laurels. Reliever Eric Nedeljkovic came in to pitch a perfect ninth to secure the win.
Both Miami (36-23) and Clemson (39-20) expect to be invited to next week's NCAA Tournament.
"We're not going to let the past three games define what we've accomplished this season," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "I don't like the way we played today, but [Radziewski] had a lot to do with that."