Miami Take Series Opener from Wake Forest 4-1
March 18, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Miami held Wake Forest to just four hits and defeated the Demon Deacons 4-1 Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Hurricanes remain perfect in conference play at 4-0 and are now 10-8 overall. Wake Forest falls to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in ACC action.
Miami starter Bryan Radziewski held the Demon Deacon bats in check through 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 10. He improves to 3-1 on the year, while Wake's Austin Stadler took the loss and falls to 0-4.
Nate Jones relieved Stadler and continued his success by throwing a scoreless 2.2 innings. Jones gave up two hits and had two strikeouts, as he saw his season ERA fall to 1.98.
The Hurricanes scored one run in the first to take an early lead and tacked on another in the third to go up 2-0. Michael Broad then hit a double to right center field that plated Brad Fieger and Chantz Mack in the sixth to give Miami a 4-0 advantage.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Steven Brooks reached base when Harold Martinez at first base misplayed a thrown ball, allowing Brooks to go all the way to third on the error. The Deacon center fielder scored with Matt Conway at the plate on a wild pitch to give Wake Forest its only run of the game.
The Demon Deacons threatened again in the seventh and had bases loaded with two outs before Zane Yanzick flied out to center field to end the inning. Lopez and Carey strung back-to-back singles together and Stephen Schoettmer was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Prior to the game, freshman Kevin Jordan made his first visit to Wake Forest since receiving a donated kidney from head coach Tom Walter. The duo was honored before the game, and Jordan threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Wake Forest will look to even the series tomorrow when the two teams meet again at 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Tim Cooney will make the start for Wake Forest, while Miami will send E.J. Encinosa to the mound.