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Canes Go 1-2 In Durham, Prepare For Louisville Regional

Miami went 1-2 at the ACC tournament, looking bad against North Carolina and NC State, but played well in the win against Clemson. They will now travel to Louisville making their 41st straight regional appearance.

Miami traveled to Durham, North Carolina to play in the ACC tournament and face North Carolina, NC State, and Clemson. The opening game for the Canes didn't go well to say the least as they got mercy ruled by North Carolina 10-0 in eight innings. The Tar Heels jumped on the Canes in the first innings as they scored three runs right away off of Andrew Suarez. Suarez got shelled for seven runs on eleven hits in 5 1/3 innings. North Carolina would go on to add two runs in the 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings, along with a run in the 8th to end the game. Miami couldn't do anything offensively against Kent Emanuel as he tossed a four hit shutout. Brad Fieger, Alex San Juan, Garrett Kennedy, and Brandon Lopez had a hit apiece and that was it. Several Tar Heels had big days at the plate as future first rounder Colin Moran was 2-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, stud freshman Skye Boldt was 3-4 with a run scored, Cody Stubbs was 4-5 with 3 RBIs, and Brian Holberton was 3-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored.

In the second game of the tournament, Miami once again couldn't do much offensively as they lost to NC State 7-1. Chris Diaz had a rough outing going six innings allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits and four walks. Two Wolfpack players alone outhit the Canes as stud Trea Turner was 3-5 with 2 RBIs and Bryan Adametz was 3-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. The only Cane to record multiple hits was Tyler Palmer who went 2-5 and Chantz Mack, David Thompson, and Roger Gonzalez had a hit apiece for the only other hits. NC State starter Logan Jernigan gave up the only run in four innings, then Andrew Woeck tossed three scoreless, and Ryan Wilkins and Chris Overman threw a scoreless inning apiece to finish off the Canes.

In Miami's final game in Durham, they flipped the script as they got another great start from Bryan Radziewski and the Canes shutout Clemson 7-0. Radziewski went eight strong innings and gave up just four hits and struck out five. Miami jumped out in front for once and scored two in the 1st and one in the 2nd and would eventually score a run in 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. David Thompson and Garrett Kennedy lead the way as Thompson went 2-4 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored and Kennedy was 2-3 with an RBI. Brad Fieger also chipped in going 1-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Even though it was a non-save situation, closer Eric Nedeljkovic finished off the Tigers tossing a scoreless 9th. With the win, Bryan Radziewski improved his record to 9-2.

The Canes will make their NCAA record-tying 41st consecutive appearance in the postseason, as they are the #2 seed in the Louisville regional. Louisville is the #1 seed, Miami is the 2nd seed, Oklahoma State is the 3rd seed, and Bowling Green is the 4th seed. Miami will open up regional play on Friday against 3rd seeded Oklahoma State. The winner of Miami-Oklahoma State game will face the winner of the Louisville-Bowling Green game, with the losers facing each other in the losers bracket. The regional is a double-elimination tournament.