Georgia Tech 10, UM 1

Miami Hurricanes routed by Georgia Tech in regular-season finale

 

UM’s offense fizzled Saturday in a loss to Georgia Tech to end the regular season. Next up is the ACC tournament.

sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

One victory shy of what they hoped would be their first Atlantic Coast Conference sweep of 2013, the Hurricanes turned off the offensive faucet Saturday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park.

After producing 19 runs in the first two games against ACC foe Georgia Tech — more than they had scored in any three-game league series this year — the Canes ran dry.

Instead, it was Georgia Tech that took over the scoreboard, dominating the Hurricanes with 12 hits for a 10-1 victory in the final regular-season game of the season.

Miami ended the regular season 35-21 and 14-16 in the conference, the Canes’ first losing league record since they began ACC play in 2005.

Georgia Tech finished 33-23 and 15-15 for fourth place in the Coastal Division — one spot ahead of Miami.

The Hurricanes leave Monday for the ACC Tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Durham, N.C. UM will be seeded eighth and will open the tournament Wednesday or Thursday against second-ranked North Carolina (47-7, 21-6).

UM defeated North Carolina 4-1 at Chapel Hill on March 15 in the first game of a three-game series, then lost 14-2 and 4-1.

On Saturday, Hurricanes left-handed ace Bryan Radziewski came into the game ranked first in the ACC in ERA (1.26) and opponents’ batting average (.167), and third in strikeouts (91).

But Radziewski, a junior, admittedly was off from the start, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out five for a single-season career-high 96 in 2013.

Senior Vince Kossak gave up another four runs, and Thomas Woodrey and Jace Herrera gave up a run apiece.

The Yellow Jackets belted four home runs, including one by Mott Hyde to begin the sixth inning and precipitate Radziewski’s exit. B-Rad, as he’s known by friends and UM fans, ended the regular season 8-2 with a 1.64 ERA. The home run was the only one he’s allowed this season, and the loss was his first since March 30 at Virginia.

“I was struggling all game,” Radziewski said. “Too many walks and hit batters. I didn’t have a clean inning all game.

“I could have a million excuses, but plain and simple I just didn’t have it today. …They hit me. I wasn’t on. They’re a great hitting team and it wasn’t a good day not to be on.”

UM could muster only seven hits, two of them by Dale Carey.

Senior right-fielder Chantz Mack lauded the fine pitching performance by Yellow Jacket Jonathan King, who allowed only three hits in six innings.

“A lot of credit to him,” Mack said. “We didn’t get on top enough.”

Nonetheless, Mack, playing in what is expected to be the final home game of his career, said he was pleased with the awakening of UM’s bats in the series.

“We definitely improved this series,” he said. “We hit with men in scoring position Friday and Saturday. You have to take the positives out of it, and that’s what we’re going to do going into the ACC Tournament.”

UM freshman David Thompson, who was named Miami’s Rookie of the Year on Saturday, reached base for the 22nd consecutive game after singling in the ninth inning.

Miami coach Jim Morris was disappointed in the loss, but said the season begins anew with the round-robin ACC Tournament, in which each team is guaranteed at least three games.

“At the end of the day we just have to turn the page,” Morris said. “These guys have worked hard, and it’s tournament time. Everybody is 0-0 and we’ve beaten everybody in the top of this league.”

Miami, which has played every team in the ACC this season except for North Carolina State, has at least one win against each of those opponents. The Canes have not been swept in 2013, and finished 10-5 in their last five games.

“I thought we had some ups and downs,” Morris said of the overall season, “but at the end we played better. We just have to go out and do it now at tournament time.

“Let’s go play and get after it.’”

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