University of Miami

Miami Hurricanes baseball claims another series sweep

No. 14 Miami finished off its fifth sweep of the season with a 9-3 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday in its final road game of the regular season.

For the third consecutive game this weekend, the Hurricanes jumped out to an early lead. Miami (34-13, 19-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored five runs over the first four innings, overcoming a difficult start from right-hander Enrique Sosa.

Sophomore Zack Collins recorded his first multi-home run game of the season in the win, crushing a solo homer in the and a two-run shot to finish with four RBI.

A week after delivering a brilliant start against Florida State, Sosa struggled with command in his 41/3 innings. He allowed a single run in the third and two more in the fifth before being relieved by left-hander Danny Garcia.

The Panthers (16-29, 6-18) scored two runs in the fifth on an RBI double from Charles Leblanc off Sosa.

▪ Old Dominion 3, FIU 0: Four Monarch pitchers combined to shut out the visiting Panthers (21-25, 11-13 Conference USA) and take the three-game series. Old Dominion (23-24, 9-15) won two of the three games over the weekend.

Participant sports

Svein Risa and Nathalie Vasseur won the men’s and women’s local division of the Wings for Life World Run, a unique worldwide race to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

More than 100,000 people participated simultaneously in the race, which was held in 35 cities across 32 countries, including Sunrise. The winner is the person who can run the furthest before the “Catcher Car” passes them by.

The race in Sunrise brought out 2,105 athletes. Santa Clarita, California, was the only other American city to hold a race.

Risa, 41, traveled 54.88 kilometers before the “Catcher Car” passed him. He finished 31st overall.

“My goal was to run as far as possible,” Risa said. “I think this is a really good concept. I had hoped to run 63 kilometers, but it was hotter than I am used to.”

Meanwhile, Vasseur, of France, finished third in the world and first in Sunrise with a total distance 51.78 kilometers.

Both Vasseur and Risa had won last year’s Wings for Life in their respective home countries but chose to run in Sunrise this year.

Instead of racing towards a finish line, runners in the Wings for Life race try to outrun a Catcher Car. The runners get a 30-minute headstart on the car, which increases speed as the race goes on.

Yuko Watanabe, of Takashima, Japan, set a new distance record in the race at 56.33 kilometers.

Lemawork Ketema won overall in the men’s division, with a total of 79.9 kilometers in Niedera–Sterreich, Austria.

Corey W. Campbell

Women’s tennis

▪ Barry 5, St. Thomas Leo 4: The host Buccaneers beat the Lions to book a ticket to the NCAA Division II finals in Surprise, Arizona, from May 13-16.

Women’s golf

▪  No. 2 Nova Southeastern was tied for seventh with after the second round of the NCAA Division II Super South Regional in Pooler, Georgia. The Sharks shot a team total of 306, six strokes behind third-place Saint Leo. The top thee teams advance to the D-II national championships.