Baseball: Canes Sweep Eagles

The Miami Hurricanes opened up ACC play with a weekend series sweep over the Boston College Eagles. It would be an understatement to say that the Canes needed this sweep.

At 12-3, Miami now has momentum continuing into ACC play, something that was desperately needed after last weekend's debacle against the University of Florida. Miami's starting pitching, which was roughed up for the most part last weekend, rose to the occasion and pitched brilliantly this weekend against Boston College.

Friday night's game started good for the Canes when Peter O'Brien doubled in Tyler Palmer in the bottom of the first inning. Then the bats went cold for a while. It took the Canes six more innings to score while Boston College added three in the fifth inning to put the pressure on the home Hurricanes. A big five run seventh inning, led by a clutch hit by Brad Fieger and a three run bomb by Stephen Perez, put the Canes ahead for good at 7-3.

Saturdays game between Miami and Boston College started off with a misjudged pop fly that fell somewhere between Tresgallo, Mederos, and Rony Rodriguez. Boston College took advantage in that inning scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead. Miami responded with one run in both the third and fifth innings. With the score tied 2-2 in the eighth inning, Boston College capitalized with another run. The bottom of the eighth saw Brad Fieger come up clutch again with a solo shot that tied the game 3-3. Later that inning, with two on, Stephen Perez laced a triple off the center field wall to give the Canes a 5-3 lead. E.J. Encinosa closed the door in the ninth to give the Canes the win and clinched the series.

Sundays game saw Bryan Radziewski throw another gem allowing the Canes to take an early lead and hold it throughout the whole game. Radziewski went seven innings with six strikeouts and gave up only one hit. Again, Encinosa came into shut the door for his third save of the season and a 4-1 win.

The Canes have two midweek games this week. Tuesday night the Canes will welcome Illinois St to Coral Gables. Miami will then travel to Orlando on Wednesday night to face UCF. ACC play will continue this weekend as the Canes travel to Durham, NC to face the Duke Blue Devils.


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