Duke squanders opportunities vs. Miami

May. 11, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

For the second straight day, Miami rallied late to hurt Duke’s hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Miami erased a 3-1 Duke lead in the sixth inning, then scored in the eighth to complete a weekend sweep of the Blue Devils.

Duke, looking to wrap up a bid to its first NCAA Tournament since 1961, could have used an RPI-boosting win over the Hurricanes, who are ranked as high as fifth in the nation in some polls.

“We had a whole lot of opportunities and didn’t get it done,” Duke head coach Chris Pollard said. “It’s frustrating.”

“We’ve got to be really careful about dwelling on it,” Pollard said of Duke’s hopes for the NCAA Tournament. “We’ve got to get back to focusing on the particular day.

“It’s hard, because we had the whole exam break to read about ourselves,” Pollard said. “Our guys haven’t been in that situation. It’s created an added distraction.”

The Blue Devils led twice but failed to snap Miami’s winning streak on the road, now a national-best 15 games. Miami has swept four ACC opponents in weekend series.

Aaron Cohn laced a two-run, bases-loaded single to right in the third, putting Duke on top 3-1. But Duke left runners on the corners, one of several missed opportunities for the Blue Devils.

“We didn’t do the job with runners in scoring position,” said second baseman Andy Perez, who went 3-for-3. “That was the difference in the game.”

Perez extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tops for the Blue Devils.

Duke left runners on third base three times, and seven of the Blue Devils’ 10 runners left on base were in scoring position. Duke had potentially tying runs on base in each of the last four innings and the go-ahead run on base twice, leaving six on base from the sixth inning on.

In the series, the Hurricanes outscored Duke 14-0 from the sixth through ninth innings.

Duke plays Richmond on Tuesday before a three-game weekend series at Florida State, an at-large bid hanging in the balance.

“All the games are pretty much must-win now,” Duke pitcher Michael Matuella said.

No. 15 MIAMI 4, DUKE 3

Miami |001 |002 | 010 — |4 |8 |2
Duke |012 |000 |000 — |3 |10 |3

Miami | ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Dale Carey cf | 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 .302
Tyler Palmer | lf 4 2 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 .295
Zack Collins c | 4 0 1 1 0 3 5 0 1 .298
Willie Abreu dh | 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 .310
John Lawroski pr | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Brandon Lopez ss | 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 4 0 .250
Alex Hernandez 2b | 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 .254
Johnny Ruiz 3b | 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 .241
Brad Fieger 1b | 3 1 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 .215
Jacob Heyward rf | 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .160
Bryan Radziewski p | 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 -
Bryan Garcia p | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -
Totals | 33 4 8 4 2 8 27 12 6

Duke |ab r h rbi bb so po a lob avg
Mark Lumpa cf | 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .287
Andy Perez 2b | 3 1 3 0 0 0 3 4 0 .275
Jordan Betts 3b | 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 .319
Chris Marconcini rf | 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .247
Aaron Cohn 1b | 3 0 1 2 1 110 1 2 .274
David Perkins dh | 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Mike Rosenfeld c | 3 0 2 1 1 0 8 0 2 .269
Ryan Deitrich lf | 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 .284
Kenny Koplove ss | 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 .195
Matt Berezo ph/ss | 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .315
Michael Matuella p | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -
Andrew Istler p | 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -
Robert Huber p | 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Totals | 34 3 10 3 3 5 27 12 10

E - Ruiz, J.; Radziewski; Rosenfeld, M 2; Koplove, K.. DP - DU 2. LOB - UM 6; DU 10. 2B - Carey, D.; Palmer,
T.; Collins, Z.. 3B - Rosenfeld, M. HBP - Perez, A.. SH - Heyward, J.; Perez, A.; Perkins, D.. SB - Carey, D.
2; Palmer, T.; Perez, A.; Betts, J.. CS - Rosenfeld, M. Reached on CI - Fieger, B..
Miami ip h r er bb so ab bf np era
Bryan Radziewski 7.010 3 2 1 4 29 31 92 3.38
Bryan Garcia 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 5 9 40 1.74
Duke ip h r er bb so ab bf np era
Michael Matuella 6.0 5 3 2 1 7 21 24 105 2.61
Andrew Istler 1.2 2 1 1 0 1 7 7 25 2.42
Robert Huber 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 5 6 19 2.76
Win - Radziewski (6-2). Loss - Istler, A. (8-6). Save - Garcia, B. (14).
HBP - by Radziewski (Perez, A.). CI - Rosenfeld, M. Pitches/strikes: Radziewski 92/60; Garcia, B. 40/23; Matuella,
M. 105/65; Istler, A. 25/17; Huber, R. 19/11.
Umpires - HP: Tony Carilli 1B: Randy Watkins 3B: Jamie Roebuck