DURHAM -- If you turn on the TV at noon and can't find Chris Hernandez on the mound for the University of Miami, don't worry he's not hurt.
UM's ace has been scheduled to pitch against top-seeded Florida State Thursday at 4 p.m. According to UM sports information director Rob Dunning, coach Jim Morris has decided to give Hernandez an extra day of rest -- to keep him on pace with his usual week off between starts. Instead, Miami will send Johnny Wholestaff to the mound this afternoon against Georgia Tech (34-15-1).
The Canes will start freshman right-hander Travis Miller (2-0, 4.91) against ACC Pitcher of The Year Deck McGuire (10-0, 2.63 ERA). It's a gamble Morris hopes will pay off if UM's bats can stay hot. The Canes pounded out a boatload of runs (46) and hits (61) against Wake Forest last weekend.
The task will obviously be a lot harder against McGuire. He pitched six strong innings against UM in Coral Gables back in late March, giving up just four earned while walking four and striking out seven.
Dunning said there is a good chance if UM is still in the game in the middle innings you could see closer Kyle Bellamy come in as early as the fifth or sixth inning.
> UM: 1. Scott Lawson 2B (.347), 2. SS Ryan Jackson (.265), 3. 1B Jason Hagerty (.316), 4. C Yasmani Grandal (.305), 5. LF Chris Hermann (.346), 6. 3B Harold Martinez (.288), 7. RF Dave DiNatale (.317), 8. DH Ted Blackman (.248), 9. CF Nathan Melendres (.282).
> GT: 1. CF Jeff Rowland (.357), 2. SS Derek Dietrich (.320), 3. RF Luke Murton (.376), 4. 1B Tony Plagman (.347), 5. C Jason Haniger (.323), 6. DH Chase Burnette (.384), 7. 3B Matt Skole (.303), 8. 2B Thomas Nichols (.284), 9. LF Chris House (.316).