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Hurricanes (9-0) baseball to meet Gators (3-6) in three-game series at Gainesville

You'd have to go back three years (or almost three years) to find the last time the Miami Hurricanes baseball team defeated the Florida Gators -- March 6, 2010, a 9-6 UM victory in Coral Gables, when Miami was ranked 10th and the Gators, fifth.

Since then, 11 consecutive losses against the nemesis Gators. 

Now, the Canes, who traveled by bus to Gainesville Thursday, go into hostile territory with a 9-0 record -- while the Gators are an uncharacteristic 3-6 after an extra-inning loss to North Florida Wednesday night.

“I’m just a little disappointed,” Gators head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said in a story on GatorZone.com. “This is not a time to panic or start pointing fingers; we just have to play better. It’s like we’re playing back on our heels a little bit, and that’s what’s disappointing. We spent a lot of time the last few days talking about that issue and we just have to play a little bit better. We’re just not playing very well and we need to get it going. We have to learn from our mistakes. We have to move on. We’re going to coach them up and be ready to play Miami.”

Meanwhile, UM coach Jim Morris is not about to apologize for an exceptional start -- even if some of those wins came in late comeback situations against teams of lesser talent or in lower divisions or from the snowy north.

"We're a pretty young club and we still have some questions to be answered,'' Morris said, "but it's a good start for us. I'm looking forward to the challenge of going up to Gainesville.''

Morris said pitchers Bryan Radziewski and Eric Whaley, who both pitched for the first time in a game Tuesday after shoulder surgery, will continue to be eased in during relief stints. 

 The coach said his team's defense has impressed him the most at this point, considering three of the players in the infield are new (first baseman David Thompson, shortstop Brandon Lopez and second baseman Alex Hernandez). He said he's also impressed with the starting rotation of Chris Diaz (1-0, 0.75 ERA), Javi Salas (2-0, 0.00) and Andrew Suarez (1-0, 1.80). 

   "Offensively,'' Morris said, "we've done a good job of doing little things to win games -- moving runners over or putting the ball in play to make things happen.''

   Morris was asked about the nine-game win streak, and how he keeps it in perspective, knowing the competition the Canes have faced and what they have ahead. The Atlantic Coast Conference schedule begins March 8 against Duke.

   "Typical games we've played,'' Morris said, "whether it's a Rutgers or FAU. The people we've played... are the same people we play every year [to begin the season].

   "That's part of getting ready, When you play an inner-squad game, it's hard to tell about your team. Everybody we face, we face their ace -- whether it's last night against Barry. We face good pitching.''

    Right fielder Chantz Mack (.303), a senior, said the Canes "really want to turn this over, get over the hump, get over this losing streak we have against Florida. ...Yesterday, after the game in the locker room we kind of talked about that we need to change things, and we're ready this year. Everyone was pumped up, everyone was riled up. We have a good winning streak going and we just want to keep it going.''

    Mack said of his team's flawless record, "People think we haven't really played anyone, but the way we've won games and the way that different people have stepped up and the trust we've begun to gain in each other -- guys you wouldn't even expect to get the clutch hit and make the big play, they're doing it -- and that's really big for our momentum, for our psyche, for our chemistry.''

  Freshman David Thompson is on a tear, hitting .323 with a team-leading 14 RBI and six doubles, while getting accustomed to playing first base.

"It's been a good start so far,'' Thompson said. "The season is still real young. I've still got to get a lot better. Our team is playing real well right now, a lot of guys stepping up in different spots.

 "It's a lot different [from high school],'' he said. "Obviously the pitching is way better. You've really got to earn your hits now.''

   Thompson was asked his mindset when players are on base and he's at bat. "Still just try to drive the ball up the middle and take what the defense gives you.''

  The first two games of the weekend series will be televised -- Friday night's 7 p.m. game by Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida; and Saturday night's 7:30 p.m. game by Sun Sports. 

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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Keep playing smart guys! Great start

The infield defense is so much better this season. Pitching is sharper too. No question this is a better team than the last couple of seasons. Go Canes!

Beat the Turds!

gee []_[] think []_[] might be able to finally get two Wins outta the last fourteen ?

U bring Ur coats and big boy Pantaloonies ?

gonna be Cooooooolllllllld

FYI 2012 class had Jacoby Briscoe 300 lb DT rated #27 in Louisiana regardless of position. Earl Moore 300 LB DT rated in the FL top 100, and 3 star Daquan Ivery a Louisville committ that golden converted on 2012 signin day......those guys give the Porters/Robinsons/Pierre's/Grimbles, DEPTH.....Rotating in DTackles, something that Miami started in the 80's and we can now do again.
Freshman DTs need a year generally in the weight room to get that bulk into shape.... Add the JUCO guy Komalu the #12 DT in Junior College ,and all of a sudden we have a nice mix of DT's

Posted by: Dom | February 28, 2013 at 03:02 PM

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and there U have it from the

You are posting football info on a baseball blog, and you call dom delusional???? Give it up j , you are the looser....

Yup. Looser loser.

After Morris past couple years I thought his teams could not respond...for whatever the reason...mainly him.Surprised but glad of course the baseball Canes are playing well and having fun.Hopefully they win at least 2 of 3 this weekend at Gainesville.Nice they re forming some good and productive chemistry ...as a team.GO CANES.

It's a good sign that this young team is playing sound defense. Fundamentals have been lacking the last few seasons. Remember the regional loss against the Gators a couple of years ago when a comedy of errors led to the Canes elimination? A series win this weekend will likely put the Canes back in the Top 20.

Get in the colledge world series and win it and get the U respect back. Ever since the TROLL has become U pres. the football and baseball teams have sunk into no respect land. FIRE THE TROLL

Good job baseball team..........as for U losers, why b on a cane blog.....U have enuff worries replacing 2 new teams this year at UF and FSU and getting spanked by the canes

From espn. some of U bashers think we r talkin smack, canes finally getting some love, exactly what we have been saying. our best team since 2004
Here are three reasons why Miami is my way-too-early pick to win the Coastal Division:

1. QB Stephen Morris and running back Duke Johnson: This dynamic duo is going to be a highlight in the ACC. As a true freshman, Johnson had arguably the greatest freshman season in the program’s history. He was named the ACC’s Overall and Offensive Rookie of the Year after racking up 2,060 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games. And Morris can be good enough to push Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd as the ACC’s best quarterback in 2013. Morris finished 2012 on a hot streak, as he threw for 1,131 yards and 11 TDs – with zero interceptions -- in his final four games. Morris finished the season with a program-record 3,415 yards of total offense, eclipsing the previous mark of 3,412 held by Bernie Kosar.

2. Experience up front: Miami returns all five starters on the offensive line (Malcolm Bunche, started 12 games at left tackle; Jon Feliciano, started 12 at left guard; Shane McDermott started 12 at center; Brandon Linder started 12 at right guard; Seantrel Henderson started seven at right tackle and Ereck Flowers started four at right tackle). Miami also returns all four starters on the defensive line (Anthony Chickillo 12 at defensive end, Curtis Porter the last three at defensive tackle, Olsen Pierre 11 at defensive tackle, and Shayon Green at defensive end). How many schools in the country can say they return every starter on both their offensive and defensive lines? Granted, the defensive line is Miami’s unit most in need of improvement this offseason, but considering the group only had 13 sacks a year ago, it should only be better.

3. A favorable schedule: Miami has an entire month to prepare for league play, as its first ACC game isn’t until Oct. 5 against Georgia Tech. It doesn’t even have to leave the state until Oct. 17, when it travels to North Carolina, and even then the Canes have a bye week to prepare for the Thursday night game against the Tar Heels. Yes, they have to play rival FSU on the road, but they do get Virginia Tech at home. Winning at Pitt on a Friday in November won’t be easy, but getting Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech at home helps compensate for it.

Baseball blog Dom****

dom is an idiot

nothing like getting a pansie whipping boy to get your team to come out of a funk, the overhyped canes are just what the Gators need to regain their winning ways.
Here's to 12 in a row.

Man, never worry about these cry babies in here, they can either talk football or keep riding our sacs, i could careless, it's not like me and gallo are making up what we've been saying about goldie and his crew. Bottom line, start playing defense and winning games like we should and are use to and earn his right to be the headcoach at UM, than we'll support him, right now, he's an outsider trying to find his way, until than, he's going to get blasted for being in a shoot-out with duke.

52 points and you still barely hanging on in the 4th quarter. The sooner we get rid of the 2 "cherish to love" NON-defensive coaches the better off we'll be!

Turds lose...the start of many...

Whats up with this facebook login crap? Only losers are on facebook. Get a life people...spend time with your kids instead of facebook. .

Calvin you make up a lot of stuff... (shannon's contract, when texas offered him their dc job, nobody wanting to hire shannon because of his lawsuit with UM and not wanting to make up the money that you said he was lose from UM if he took a job, Shalala saying that they're recruiting a different type of athlete to Miami, Golden scheduling cupcakes, etc). Defense is the only argument that you have a valid point on.

Btw, that Brandon Lopez kid was nervous last night, 3 errors and a horrible base running mistake. Good thing The U won or he would face the wrath of our fair weather fans on this blog.

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