In just his third appearance and second start coming off last season’s shoulder surgery, junior left-hander Bryan Radziewski struck out a career-high 11 and faced the minimum 15 batters over five innings to lead the UM baseball team to a 5-0 win against UCF on Wednesday at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Radziewski, who was on a pitch count and threw 67 pitches as coach Jim Morris slowly works him back into the weekend rotation, became the first Hurricanes pitcher to strike out double-digit batters this season.
“I’m not really at full strength yet, my velocity’s not there all the way,” Radziewski said. “It’s an uphill battle and I’m still working.”
The UM pitching staff totaled 18 strikeouts Wednesday.
Freshman clean-up hitter David Thompson got the Canes (12-2) started with a two-run homer in the first inning. He went opposite field and snuck the ball just over the fence and inside the right-field foul pole.
As it would turn out, that’s all the scoring UM would need.
Miami begins its conference schedule with a home series against Duke that starts Friday at 7 p.m.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will begin his quest for a three-peat at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne on March. 22. His opponent for the featured 8 p.m. match will be determined when the men’s draw is announced March 18.
The three-time tournament champion (2007, ‘11, ‘12) started the 2013 season with an Australian Open title in January. Djokovic reached the finals in Key Biscayne four of the past six years, including an epic championship win over Andy Murray last year.
The charismatic Serb has won five Grand Slam event since the start of 2011.
Nearly all the top players in the world, male and female, are expected to play in the Sony Open, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Murray, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova.
Tickets can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or at www.sonyopentennis.com. The tournament runs March 19-31.
The Brazilian team of Lars Grael and Mario Logos widened their lead Wednesday in the fleet of 56 Star-class sailboats competing in the 86th Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay.
The regatta headlines Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, which opened Monday and runs through Saturday along the Coconut Grove waterfront.
After four races, Grael — a two-time Olympic medalist, and Logos have scored 1-12-1-3 for a total of 17 — nine points ahead of Italian runners-up Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen with 26.
Miami skipper Augie Diaz and crew Arnis Baltins dropped from second to third overall with their worst finish so far — 22nd — to trail the Italians by 10 points. Brazil’s Alessandro Pascolato and Henry Boening are fourth, followed by Canadians Brian Cramer and Cam Lymburner. San Diego’s George Szabo, teamed with Miami crew Magnus Liljedahl, dropped from fourth to sixth.
The Stars have a lay day Thursday before resuming racing Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, four other racing classes will begin competition Thursday — Viper 640, Melges 24, Audi Melges 20 — and J/70, holding multiple races daily through Saturday.
• Women’s basketball: Barry beat Florida Southern in the opening round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships at Silver Spurs Arena 50-44 on Wednesday at Kissimmee. Eighth-seeded Barry (15-12) will play top-seed Nova Southeastern (19-7) in Thursday’s 2:30 p.m. quarterfinals.
Tyler Hardy finished with 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Barry.
• Women’s tennis: Fourth-ranked Barry beat third-ranked Abilene Christian 6-3 at the Eager Tennis Pavilion on Wednesday at Abilene, Texas. The Bucs are now 11-0.
• Men’s tennis: Barry (10-0) picked up the 6-3 win over the NCAA Division I Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Wednesday. Up next for the Bucs are visiting Georgetown on Friday.