Fieger, who connected for his sixth multi-hit game of the season in the victory, crushed a late bases-loaded double to help the hosts open up a five-run lead. The Naples, Fla., native belted three doubles, reached base four times, and set a new career high with five RBI's in the win.
After falling behind early against the Redbirds in game one, it was the Hurricanes who struck for three runs off Illinois State starter J.D. Learnard (0-1) in the first inning Wednesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Freshman Christopher Barr, making his third consecutive start in the field, opened the action with a single, marking the third consecutive game Barr has reached base to lead off the game. The Royal Palm Beach, Fla., native, who was inserted into the starting lineup prior to Sunday's finale against Duke, has reached base a team-best 10 times since the 5-3 win over Duke.
After Alex Hernandez struck out, senior Chantz Mack walked and Fieger was plunked by a Learnard offering to load the bases. An RBI single from senior Alex San Juan, who extended his hitting streak to seven straight games, and a wild pitch from Learnard made it 2-0.
The junior righthander's troubles wouldn't end there. A bases-loaded walk issued to Garrett Kennedy, Learnard's third free pass of the inning, gave Miami (14-5, 1-2 ACC) a 3-0 lead. The Hurricanes might have struck for more, but Learnard induced an inning-ending double play from Brandon Lopez
to prevent any further damage.
After delivering a brilliant performance in Miami's midweek win over UCF on March 6, lefthander Bryan Radziewski posted another solid outing in his third start of the season. With a comfortable lead from the outset, the Miami, Fla., native allowed just one run in his five innings of work, scattering four hits while striking out five batters. The lone run scored off Radziewski (2-0), which came on an RBI groundout from Eric Aguilera in the third inning, was the first earned run allowed by the southpaw this season.
After Illinois State responded with a run in the top of the sixth, the Hurricanes would blow the game open on Fieger's second double of the game. The hit, ripped off Redbirds' reliever Matt Schmitt down the leftfield line, plated three Miami runs, as the hosts took a commanding 7-2 lead.
The junior would tack on another double in the eighth inning to make it 8-2, while an RBI single from freshman Ricky Eusebio plated Fieger for the final run of the game.
The Hurricanes travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a three-game series with No. 1 North Carolina beginning Fri., March 15. First pitch for the series opener, set for broadcast on ESPN3, is slated for 7 p.m. from Boshamer Stadium.