Brian Radziewski continued Miami's pitching dominance over Bethune Cookman by throwing a three-hit shutout over the Wildcats in a 7-0 Miami victory in an elimination game at the Coral Gables Regional. Readziewski struck out nine and walked only two as Miami advances to play Texas Tech tonight at 7:05 at Mark Light Field.
Andrew Suarez threw a complete game shutout over the Wildcats Friday night in Miami's 1-0 victory.
Radziewski (8-2) has marvelous command of his pitches and worked both sides of the plate. Wildcats starter Gabriel Hernandez took the loss and his record fell to 1-4 on the season. He was chased after only two innings when he surrendered five hits and three runs.
"With B-Rad pitching as well as he did, he really saved our bullpen," Miami coach Jim Morris said after the game. "Our bullpen is in great shape."
The loss eliminated Bethune Cookman from the Regional tournament. BCU's 6-5 victory over Columbia yesterday was its first regional win since 2002. Miami's record improves to 43-18 while the Wildcats finish their season at 27-33.
Miami got things started quickly as they scored a run in the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead. Tyler Palmer singled to left, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Zack Collins hit a ball to second that Matt Noble fielded cleanly, but his errant throw to first allowed Palmer to score. The run was Miami's first generated run in 18 innings,
The Canes added to their lead in the second inning as Johnny Ruiz singled to right and advanced to second on Willie Abreu's follow up single to right. With runners on first and second Garrett Kennedy singled to right scoring Ruiz. Dale Carey broke out of his slump with a double to right that scored Abreu. The Canes led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second.
"Getting the lead early was important for us after only scoring one run in two games," Morris said. "I cannot remember the last time we went that long without a run batted in. I don't want to remember."
David Thompson flew out to left field in the top of the fourth inning to kill a rally that Miami had. The Canes loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman, but Thompson and Collins both flew out to keep the Canes off of the scoreboard in the inning. Through the first four innings Miami stranded seven runners.
Collins' bat got hot in the sixth inning. With Kennedy standing on second, Collins greeted Wildcats' pitcher Scott Garner, who had just entered the game, with a long home run to left center field. The two-run blast was Collins' tenth of the season and gave Miami a 5-0 lead.
Thompson came up with the bases full of Canes again in the eighth inning and did not disappoint. He hit a long single to left center that scored Carey and Palmer. That gave Miami a 7-0 lead.
Collins finished his work in the ninth when he hit a towering shot over the right field wall for a three-run home run that tied him for the ACC lead.
The Canes are going to throw Javi Salas in the night game against the Red Raiders. Miami needs to win that game ot advance to a title rematch with Texas Tech Monday night.