CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Bryan Radziewski struck out a career high 11 batters and did not allow a hit in only five innings of work as Miami shut out UCF 5-0 on Wednesday night.
Coach Jim Morris had originally set a 60-pitch limit on the Hurricanes starter, but extended him to 67 as his dominating night continued.
“I'm not really at full strength yet, my velocity is not there all the way, but it was a grind,” Radziewski said.
This was Radziewski’s third appearance of the season, as Morris continues to slowly work him back into the rotation after shoulder surgery.
“It’s great to have B-Rad back in the rotation, and throwing well,” Morris said. “I feel that he can beat anybody on a given day.”
David Thompson hit his second home run of the season in the 1st inning for Miami, a two-run shot that extended his team high RBI total to 18.
“He was working everyone away, didn’t throw real hard, and left a fastball up over the outside part of the plate, the wind helped a little bit and the ball went over the fence,” Thompson said.
Eric Whaley relieved Radziewski in the sixth inning and allowed the first hit to the Knights on a controversial ruling by the official scorer. Brandon Lopez fielded a slow ground ball by Knights DH Jeramy Matos and fired wide of Thompson at first base on what would have been a close call had it been on target.
Radziewski was the big topic of conversation after the game, as his role after such a great start is expected to grow further.
“He’ll probably start next week, in the middle of the week again, to extend him a little bit,” Morris said.
UCF threatened in the 7th inning when they put men on first and second base with only one out, but Whaley struck out Chris Taladay and got Austin Johnson to fly out to end the inning.
AJ Salcines and Eric Nedeljkovic combined for the last four outs for the Hurricanes, who struck out 18 total Knights in the game.
Notes: The last double digit strikeout game for a Hurricanes pitcher was April 24, 2012, when Javi Salas struck out 10 against FAU. ... Radziewski and Whaley combined to face the minimum number of batters through 6 1/3 innings. ... Brad Fieger extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his RBI single in the third inning. ... LHP Chris Diaz (2-0, 0.47 ERA) will start for UM on Friday night to open conference play at home against Duke at 7pm.