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UM mounts great comeback to face Gators NOW! (already down 11-4 though)

NOTE: UM already is down 11-4 after home run by Preston Tucker in top of first inning of second game, and eight runs in third inning. Bring on the mercy rule. Note: Canes just scored in bottom of seventh on home run by Chantz Mack and got three more in the eighth.

     GAINESVILLE -- With their hopes of staying alive dwindling by the minute, the Miami Hurricanes scored six runs in the final two innings Sunday afternoon to stage a dramatic comeback and defeat Jacksonville 6-3 for a chance to play the Florida Gators.

     The Gators (47-16), ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, have two opportunities to win one game for the Gainesville NCAA regional title. If UM (38-22) should win the 4:45 p.m. Sunday game, then the two teams would play a winner-take-all game at 7 p.m. Monday. The winner of that game would advance to the super regional round of the tournament.

     UM closer Daniel Miranda came in to relieve Sam Robinson with two outs and bases loaded for Jacksonville in the bottom of the ninth. It took Miranda one pitch to get Esterlin Perozo to fly out to Dale Carey and end the game.

    The game, at McKethan Stadium, lasted 3 hours 48 minutes. It was 98 degrees.

      “I want to congratulate Jacksonville on an outstanding year,’’ UM coach Jim Morris said between games. “Very happy to squeeze out a win there, no question. We didn’t do much right in the first seven innings. Thankfully we coaxed some runs in the end. Rony Rodriguez got it going for us, which was big, with the home run. We scratched away a few runs and our pitching got it done in the end.’’

     UM scored three of its four runs in the eighth with two outs.

     Rodriguez led off the eighth by blasting a home run to left field to cut the deficit to 3-1. Chantz Mack, pinch-hitting for Harold Martinez, watched a third strike for the first out in that inning. Brad Fieger kept hopes alive with a walk, and advanced to second on a single to left by Stephen Perez, at which point Jacksonville changed pitchers.

     Chris Kaminski entered the game to face Dale Carey, and got him to hit into a fielder’s choice for the force out at third, leaving Perez on second and Carey on first.  Chris Palaez then ripped an RBI-single to right, scoring Perez to make it 3-2. With Carey on third, Kaminski threw a wild pitch to score Carey and tie it up at 3-3.

    Kaminski was replaced by right-handed reliever Adam Maxon after walking Shane Rowland. Maxon promptly hit Zeke DeVoss to load the bases, then walked Nathan Melendres to put Canes ahead 4-3.

      In the ninth, with two outs after Stephen Perez advanced Brad Fieger with a sacrifice bunt, Carey’s single to left scored Fieger to make it 5-3. Another Palaez RBI scored Carey.

    Carey had another phenomenal day in right field, making his second spectacular catch of the tournament by sprinting to his right and diving across the turf for the second out of the eighth.

    Miami has beaten the Dolphins 10 consecutive games.

     “Tough one to lose,’’ said Jacksonville coach Terry Alexander, whose Dolphins finished their season at 37-24. “We kind of lost control in the eighth. They certainly are a good ballclub. Give them an opening or crack and they are going to come flying through.’’

    --SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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Please fire Jim Morris and staff now and get a junior high school team in here. Enough is enough.

Dear coach Morris I hear Coral Gables Elementary school is looking for a coach. Please apply and take your staff and current team along with you!

Sweet. Rock and fire Alex. Send Miami packing.

make sure U look West heading home down the Ronald @ the Paynes Prairie on Ur way down ...


look right , the mloon will be grinning at U


go home ... bye bye

I think that it's time for Morris to go. 3 straight years of losing to the Gators, a team we dominated for years, is it for me.

With Football being down and basketball never providing much excitement, Baseball was always the one sport we could hang our hat on. That is no longer the case.

Time to begin a new era in Canes baseball!

I don't claim to know much about baseball, but in basketball and football when a team that is sloppy and fails to execute in pressure situations its generally a sign of poor coaching or lack of preparation.

Morris has done great things for this school, and just 4 years ago our team was pretty dominant all season, so I'm not sure he's completely lost it, but even that team was undone by errors in the end.

This team was young, so I think MOrris definitely has earned the right to see it through with these guys, but if its another season of errors and runners left on base next year that mightbe it.

We have no offense. We don't have those clutch hitters in our team. Fielding really stinks. It seems every year we always blame our in field for the loses we have. Jim Morris better change somethings in Miami because this is not getting it done. Too many errors in a game where we'are supposed to bring our A game.

Come on Miami just quit our softball game is almost about to start.

Bye Bye Miami. Not even worth a dog pile anymore.

Look for Morris to get a raise and a contract extension shortly. What coaching magic this year. Amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it.

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