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Peter O'Brien named ACC Player of the Week; Hurricanes football resumes

While UM men's http://tinyurl.com/6rgh637 and women's http://tinyurl.com/7ha63ep basketball programs continue through their respective tournaments, UM baseball has been getting it done as well.

The Canes are now 16-4 overall and 5-1 in the ACC.

Senior catcher Peter O'Brien was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday.

 FROM UM'S RELEASE:

O’Brien, who recorded an impressive .529 batting average over the past five games, finished the week with three homeruns, three doubles, nine RBI and 21 total bases. O’Brien had hits in all but one game this past week, including multi-hit games in three of his team’s five contests.

 “It’s a great honor to be selected,” O’Brien said. “But I think an even bigger honor is seeing our team on the top of the Coastal Division of the ACC.”

O’Brien powered the ninth-ranked Hurricanes to victory in a midweek battle with visiting Illinois State and in the team’s series finale against Duke, recording four RBI’s in each game. The Miami Gardens, Fla. native is now tied for the conference lead in homeruns with seven, and is hitting an impressive .389 on the season, good for fifth-best in the ACC.

“I feel great. I’m still going up to the plate and being aggressive, but I felt a lot better balance this week,” O’Brien said. “I’m hitting the ball a lot better and I’m starting to drive it to all fields. I’m just happy to help our team win.”

O’Brien finished the week with splits of .529 AVG/ .600 OBP /1.235 SLG. He leads the Hurricanes in nearly every hitting category on the season, including average, runs (17), hits (27), doubles (7), homeruns (7), RBI (25) and total bases (57).

“He's a very talented player that's getting better, no question about that," Head Coach Jim Morris said of his team captain. "He's got great power, he's got an outstanding arm and he's a big strong guy, so he's got all the tools to be really good.”

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 Canes baseball is now ranked ninth in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, Collegiate Baseball poll and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, 12th in the Baseball America poll. The Canes play at FAU in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and are home for a three-game ACC series against Maryland from Friday through Sunday.

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Football resumes tomorrow morning at Greentree Field. It is closed to the public. The Hurricanes' first open scrimmage is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah. It will be one of three open scrimmages this spring. The second one is Friday, March 30th, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers. The final one will serve as the spring game, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Sun Life Stadium.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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