Get well wishes to UM baseball coach Jim Morris, who is in the University of Miami hospital recovering from surgery to have his gall bladder removed.
His Canes must have wanted to perk him up, so they went out and destroyed Appalachian State 10-0 Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Eric Whaley went seven scoreless innings on the mound and seven Hurricanes collected base hits at Alex Rodriguez Park. Whaley struck out nine. Freshman Shane Rowland hit a three-run homer.
Morris underwent surgery Friday night because his gall bladder was infected. He had battled a stomach illness much of the past week. He hopes to return to his team sometimes next week. UM faces top-ranked Florida in Gainesville in a three-game series beginning Friday.
Morris missed his second game of the week Friday night, when the Canes (4-3) lost 7-5 to Appalachian State. They also lost on Wednesday at Florida Atlantic University, the first game that Morris missed as a UM coach since 2002. Pitching coach J.D. Arteaga serves as head coach when his boss isn't around.
Morris did coach Thursday's game against Appalachian State until the middle of the fifth inning, when he left to go to the hospital. UM eventually won that game, and Morris was admitted to the hospital Friday morning, UM baseball spokesman Bryan Harvey said.
Morris, who has brought the Canes to Omaha for the College World Series 11 of his previous 17 seasons, turned 61 last Sunday.
From UM: Miami will close its five games in five days schedule on Sunday, Feb. 27, traveling to play the Florida Marlins of the MLB in an exhibition game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. UM will get back to the collegiate circuit on Tuesday, March 1, traveling to Tampa to face the USF Bulls at Steinbrenner Field as part of the “Florida Four” showcase, also featuring a game between Florida State and the University of Florida.
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN