UM 5, Boston college 2

Radziewski gets groove back as Canes win again

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Boston College was just the team Miami Hurricanes left-hander Bryan Radziewski wanted to see this weekend.

Radziewski, 20-7 entering this season, had been off to a poor start in 2014 — an 0-2 record and a 4.20 ERA in three starts.

But BC is a team the redshirt junior had already beaten three times in his career.

Make that four.

Radziewski battled through seven innings, Willie Abreu scored twice, and Dale Carey broke the game open with a two-run triple as the host Canes beat BC 5-2 on Saturday night.

In his career against BC, Radziewski has pitched 27 innings and allowed 13 hits and six runs, four of them earned.

“If I’ve beaten them, thank God,” Radziewski said. “I was just trying not to walk anybody.”

It was the fourth win in a row for No. 16 Miami (9-5, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). UM also clinched its fourth series win in five tries this season.

Radziewski (1-2) struggled through a 31-pitch fifth inning — when he allowed two unearned runs — but was otherwise solid.

He allowed three hits and three walks and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.86.

The Canes will go for the sweep Sunday, when left-hander Andrew Suarez (1-1, 5.82 ERA) starts. Suarez will look to emulate Radziewski and turn his season around.

If Suarez can manage that, he will join a rotation that is shaping up nicely for the Canes — from 4-0 ace Chris Diaz to midweek starter Javi Salas, he of Tuesday’s perfect game.

The bullpen, meanwhile, is led by freshman sensation Bryan Garcia, who earned his fourth save on Saturday with two innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit and one walk and struck out three.

It was his third two-inning save of the season — the other was a four-out save against Florida.

Miami opened the scoring Saturday in the fourth. Abreu hit a one-out double over the head of the BC left fielder and scored on a David Thompson single to center.

“The ball really jumps off Willie’s bat,” Canes coach Jim Morris said. “He hit a screamer.”

Radziewski had a shutout working until the fifth, when he walked the leadoff batter and fielded a comebacker.

His throw to second was mishandled for an error by shortstop Brandon Lopez.

With one out, ninth-place hitter Gabriel Hernandez tied the score at 1-1 with a double to left. The Canes limited the damage when left fielder Tyler Palmer got the ball to second baseman Alex Hernandez, whose relay throw to catcher Garrett Kennedy gunned down Tom Bourdon at the plate.

BC went up 2-1 on Blake Butera’s run-scoring single to left. After a walk, Radziewski finally escaped the jam with a strikeout.

The Canes battled back to tie the score at 2-2 in the fifth. Carey was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Brad Fieger’s double to left.

Miami took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Abreu walked, then advanced on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt by Thompson. He scored on Lopez’s groundout.

Lopez, who has five RBI in the past two games, didn’t hit the ball hard, but his tapper became the game-winner, and Abreu celebrated by pumping his fists after he crossed the plate.

Carey followed with his two-run triple to put the Canes up 5-2.

Morris said that Garcia would be available for one inning on Sunday if needed.

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