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Game over! Gators beat Canes 11-4 to win regional. UM season ends.

  That's it folks. It's all over for the Miami Hurricanes.

The Gators ended UM's baseball season for the third consecutive year, this time to take the Gainesville regional title with an 11-4 victory.

It was actually almost all over before the first out. UF scored three runs with no outs on a home run by Preston Tucker that also scored Nolan Fontana (single) and Bryson Smith (walk) in the first inning.

The Gators (48-16) plunged the dagger the deepest in the third inning, when they scored eight runs on seven hits and one error. They now will host a super regional and face Mississippi State next weekend in Gainesville.

The Canes end their season at 38-23.

UM has 10 draft-eligible players, of which as many as nine could be drafted in the MLB Draft that begins Monday. All four UM starting pitchers are returning and should make up an exceptionally strong staff next year. E.J. Encinosa, who started today and got shelled for seven runs on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings, is expected to replace Danny Miranda as UM's closer.

The Gators have now defeated UM in their last eight meetings and in 11 of their last 12 games.

Kudos to UF right fielder Preston Tucker, who earned the regional's Most Outstanding Player by going 9 for 20, with three home runs and 11 RBI in the regional.

"He's an outstanding player, goodness gracious,'' said UM coach Jim Morris of Tucker.

Said Tucker: "I'm seeing the ball well right now. Hopefully I can carry it over to next weekend. Having guys on base makes me more confident at the plate.''

 The Canes had four players make the Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team: Zeke DeVoss at second base, Brad Fieger at third base, Dale Carey in the outfield and Steven Ewing on the mound.

  UM first baseman Harold Martinez missed the final game with a hurt foot, Morris said.

For those counting, UM has committed 18 errors in its past seven games against the Gators.

--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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