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'Canes Baseball Rally Late to Subdue Notre Dame, 6-3

Huge triple by Tyler Palmer keys big eighth.


The Miami Hurricanes rallied late to defeat Notre Dame 6-3 at the Light.

It was their 14th win in 15 games, allowed them to take 2 of 3 from the Irish in a critical series.

Bryan Radziewski was sharp from the get go, striking out 2 of 3 batters in the top of the first.

Pat Connaughton, who also stars as a sharp shooter on the ND Hoops squad, was his equal in the bottom half of the inning with 2 K's of his own.

And it was a pitcher's duel early on as Connaughton worked ahead in the count with his velocity, and Radziewski kept the Irish off balance with his off speed stuff.

In the top of the 4th however, ND got going. After loading the bases, Cavan Biggio (son of Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio), cashed in a sac fly for a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th in the "shutdown Inning," UM would do what all good teams do, and answer right back.

Dale Carey led off with a bunt single down the third base line.  Two batters later, Zack Collins ripped his 10th double of the year down the opposite line to even things up at 1.

Willie Abreu would follow up with a line drive single to give the 'Canes the lead.

And that's where things would stay for a while.

In the top of the 6th "BRad" worked his way out of a two on, one out jam to keep Miami on top.

The bottom of the inning resulted in a similar jam for Connaughton, but he also wiggled out of a 1st and 3rd jam of his own.

The next inning was even dicier, but the Miami lefty cut down the potential equalizing run as he handled a come backer and tossed it home to nail the runner.

But one batter later Mac Hudgins came through for ND with a two run single to re-take the lead.

Connaughton then settled in and handcuffed the Hurricane line-up for a few innings.

Miami did not back down though, and they responded with a huge rally in the bottom of the 8th.

After some hard fought at  bats they finally cashed in on a triple in the left center gap by Palmer that scored Carey, who had walked.  A Sac Fly by Collins would score Palmer one pitch later and put UM back up 4-3!

UM would tack on another 2 insurance runs with bases loaded walks to Garrett Kennedy and Edgar Michelangeli.

Freshman closer Bryan Garcia came on in the 9th to close it out.