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February 26, 2013

Come-from-behind walk-off win keeps Canes perfect

The Miami Hurricanes (8-0) won in walk-off fashion in Tuesday night's matchup versus the St. Thomas Bobcats (12-4), winning 5-4.

Starting pitchers Bryan Radziewski and Eric Whaley saw their first action of the season after recovering from offseason injuries.

Radziewski pitched well starting the game, throwing two innings while striking out three and not allowing a run. Whaley, on the other hand, struggled in his first appearance. He threw 1.1 innings allowing four hits and three earned runs.

"It's good to have B-Rad back, it's good to have Whaley back pitching," said coach Jim Morris. "Hopefully those guys will be back healthy, that will really help our pitching staff."

Miami was able to score first in the bottom of the second inning after Alex San Juan hit an RBI triple into center field. In the bottom of the third inning they were able to add another run on a RF Chantz Mack RBI Single.

The Canes ran into trouble in the top of the fourth inning when Whaley struggled and allowed three runs. The Bobcats were able to tack on one more run in the sixth inning off of Vince Kossak.

Miami entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing St. Thomas 4-2. Alex Hernandez was able to draw a walk to lead off the inning.

After a Chantz Mack double, the Canes were threatening with runners on second and third with no outs. Miami struggled to drive in runners all night, leaving six on base throughout the game. Miami went on to record two consecutive outs and was unable to drive in a run, bringing 3B Michael Broad to the plate needing a hit. Broad delivered, hammering a two run double to deep center field, tying the game at four.

The Canes turned to RP AJ Salcines in the top of the 9th and he made quick work of the Bobcat batters, producing three straight outs. The Canes entered the bottom of the ninth inning needing only one run to secure the victory.

Miami got the inning off to a good start, getting their first three batters on base with no outs. Hernandez followed with a walk-off single into right field, scoring Dale Carey for the winning run.

"First I wanted to put the ball in play - I knew the infield was in," Said Hernandez. "I was just trying to see something up and put the ball in play."

Salcines (2-0) was credited with the win. The Hurricanes are back on the field again Wednesday night at 6 p.m. against Barry University at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables.

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