ACC Tournament | UM 7, Clemson 0

Miami Hurricanes blank Clemson; coach Jim Morris hospitalized

 

Miami’s offense came to life for its first win in the ACC tournament, but Canes coach Jim Morris missed the game with an illness.

 
UM's david thompson (19) heads for third during Saturday's 7-0 victory over Clemson.
UM's david thompson (19) heads for third during Saturday's 7-0 victory over Clemson.
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Miami’s offense finally woke up in the ACC tournament, and ace lefty Bryan Radziewski dominated Clemson for the second time in a month as the Hurricanes beat the Tigers 7-0 Saturday without ill coach Jim Morris.

The Hurricanes (36-23) had been outscored 17-1 in tournament losses to top 10 teams North Carolina and N.C. State, going quietly at the plate without as much as an extra base hit, but managed to back up Radziewski’s outstanding pitching with some timely hitting — scoring at least one run in six of nine innings — against a Clemson squad that committed three errors and managed just four hits.

Morris, 63, in his 20th season at Miami, spent the day and night at a local Durham hospital after becoming ill on the team bus prior to leaving for Durham Bulls Athletic Park, according to assistant coach Gino DiMare, who took over the team for Morris.

“It was a tough day, tough circumstances with coach Morris not being here,” DiMare said. “Our thoughts are with him, and hopefully he’s OK.”

DiMare said Morris has suffered from a lingering cough all season. He was taken by ambulance from the team bus to Duke Hospital while the team took batting practice at Duke’s field.

UM Deputy Athletic Director for Business Tony Hernandez said by phone on Saturday night that he visited Morris before the game. Hernandez said Morris’ ailment “is not expected to be serious and we’re hoping he’ll be joining us in Miami Sunday.”

Hernandez said he kept Morris informed of what was happening during the game through Morris’ wife. “He was kept abreast of the score the entire game,” Hernandez said.

On the field, Chantz Mack scored three runs and Chris Barr scored once and drove in another run as Radziewski improved to 9-2, throwing eight innings of four-hit shutout ball. The junior beat the Tigers on April 20 at home, allowing just two hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts.

There was more of the same Saturday for the all-ACC pitcher, who recorded 20 of his 23 outs on 15 ground balls and five strikeouts.

For Miami, the win was crucial in helping extend the program’s current 40-year run in the NCAA tournament. Monday is selection day.

Miami extended its margin to 3-0 in the second when Barr, inserted into the starting lineup at first base with Fieger switching to DH, started the inning with a walk. And following singles by Brandon Lopez and Tyler Palmer, Barr scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alex Hernandez.

Mack’s speed was instrumental in him scoring in the fifth and seventh innings. He walked and stole a base before being driven in by David Thompson, then two innings later was able to leg out an infield hit and later scored on a Barr fielder’s choice.

Miami Herald Sportswriter Susan Miller Degnan contributed to this report.

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