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Bryan Radziewski powers Miami Hurricanes baseball past Alabama State

 

sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

After a short-lived blip in the loss column, the Miami Hurricanes composed themselves Sunday to defeat Alabama State 6-3 at Alex Rodriguez Park for their 21st victory in the past 23 games.

In doing so, winning pitcher Bryan Radziewski entered UM’s top-10 record books.

The left-handed senior struck out seven to take sole possession of 10th place in career strikeouts with his 308th. Joe Grahe, who pitched for the Canes from 1987 through ’89, is the all-time Hurricanes leader with 433.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Radziewski (5-2, 3.45 ERA), who allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. “More important is wins. I’ve turned my season around from the first half until now, and that’s all I’ve really been focusing on.’’

The No. 10 Hurricanes (34-14) rebounded defensively from a four-error night Saturday in their loss to the Hornets (34-19), though Radziewski was charged with one in the fourth inning Sunday that accounted for two Alabama State runs.

With one out and runners on second and third, Radziewski fell while fielding a bunt on the right side of the field and made an errant throw past catcher Garrett Kennedy, scoring both runners.

“I should have known better not to go home,” Radziewski conceded. “I should have [gone] to first. I would have saved a lot of trouble. … Completely on me.

“I wanted to make a spectacular play.”

Hornets starter Tyler Howe (5-1, 2.95) lasted 3 1/2 innings in allowing four earned runs.

Miami, still in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, drew eight walks but stranded 11 runners — and still won its sixth consecutive weekend series.

UM scored four in the fourth and two in the sixth, the go-ahead run coming on Dale Carey’s sacrifice fly to center that was dropped.

“With the wind blowing in it wasn’t what I wanted,’’ Carey said, “but it did the job. I’m just happy with that.”

The Hurricanes next face Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Alex Rodriguez Park.

“I’m just glad this weekend is over because I knew they would be good, and we’re right in the middle of exams, and I’m not sure we had total focus from our guys,’’ UM coach Jim Morris said.

“… Hopefully, Wednesday night we can get it going again.”

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