CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Bryan Radziewski scattered four hits and one run over seven innings to lead No. 15 Miami to a 4-1 win over Duke in the series opener on Thursday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Radziewski (9-2) struck out eight, walked one and won his fifth straight decision. The freshman left-hander did not allow a run after the first inning, and his offense backed him with three runs in the first inning before Duke shut down the Hurricane bats.
Duke (25-29, 6-22 ACC) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Miami got three straight two-out RBI hits in the bottom half of the first to take a 3-1 lead. From there, Duke starter Robert Huber (4-1) and relievers Chase Bebout and David Putman held the Hurricanes to just one run over the remainder of the game, but Radziewski was just as good and never relinquished the lead. Huber suffered his first loss of the season after giving up three runs in his four innings, though all three runs scored in the first inning.
A leadoff double by Duke designated hitter Jeff Kremer in the first inning eventually led to Duke’s temporary 1-0 when Will Piwnica-Worms drove him in with a fielder’s choice groundout. Duke had a chance to jump ahead even more after loading the bases with no outs, but Radziewski settled in to record three straight outs to limit the damage to just one run.
Miami (33-19, 18-9 ACC) came through with three straight two-out hits in the bottom of the first, however, and jumped ahead 3-1. Huber retired two of the first three batters, but Rony Rodriguez doubled and Harold Martinez and Brad Fieger both singled to send in three straight runners from second base.
The Hurricanes tried to pull off a first-and-third double steal in the bottom of the second, but Duke did not take the bait and gunned down the runner at home to keep the score at 3-1. ACC stolen base leader Zeke DeVoss was standing on first base and took off for second before the pitch, but Huber fired the ball to first base where Duke senior Dennis O'Grady gloved it and threw it to shortstop Angelo LaBruna at second. LaBruna chased DeVoss back to first and threw the ball back to O’Grady, who then turned and fired a strike to home plate where catcher Ryan Munger blocked the plate and applied the tag.
Huber threw two more scoreless frames to keep the deficit at two runs, but left after the fourth when sophomore right-hander Chase Bebout took over. Bebout ran the scoreless streak to the seventh inning, but the Hurricanes finally broke through with a sacrifice fly by Stephen Perez that increased the lead to 4-1.
And while Huber, Bebout and junior David Putman combined to allow just one run after the first inning, Miami starter Bryan Radziewski matched those three by shutting Duke out over the rest of his outing. The lone bright spot for Duke’s offense came in the top of the seventh inning when freshman second baseman Matt Berezo slapped a base hit into right field to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Miami went to its bullpen after seven innings and used left-handed reliever Sam Robinson get through the eighth and into the ninth inning. Robinson sat down Duke three-hitter Chris Marconcini to begin the ninth, but handed the ball over to closer Daniel Miranda with cleanup hitter Will Piwnica-Worms coming to the plate. Though not a save situation, Miranda made quick work of the middle of Duke’s lineup and retired Piwnica-Worms and David Perkins to end the game.
Duke and Miami continue the series on Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils will use right-handed senior Dennis O’Grady (5-3, 4.00 ERA) opposite Miami right-hander Eric Whaley (7-4, 2.76 ERA).