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STREAKING CANES: Miami Welcomes Notre Dame to Coral Gables Starting Saturday Night ... Miami's 13 Game Winning Streak Nation's Longest

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The Miami baseball team will play host to Notre Dame this weekend although the series doesn't start until Saturday night.

Miami heads into its weekend series against its new ACC rival riding the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games -- UM's longest since winning 14 consecutive games in 2008.

The Hurricanes, ranked 11th nationally, have swept three straight conference series (for the first time since joining the ACC in 2004) during the streak and have surged toward the top of the Coastal Division standings.

Miami and Notre Dame kick off the three-game set Saturday at 7 p.m.

All three games will be at 7 and all three will be on ESPN3 and WQAM.

Monday night's game will also be on ESPNU.

During its winning streak, Miami has done well in close games as seven of the 13 wins have been by one run, with three coming in 2-1 games. Last Saturday, the Canes got an infield single from freshman Willie Abreu to score John Lawroski from third in the bottom of the 10th for a 1-0 win.

Strong pitching and timely hitting have helped the Hurricanes during this stretch as they are all but certain to extend their NCAA active record to 42 consecutive tournament appearances.

"The secret to having a good season or having a great season is winning the close games,'' coach Jim Morris said on Friday afternoon just before his team hit the field for practice.

"We've won our share of them lately and that's huge. That means our bullpen is getting the job done and we're making clutch plays or getting big hits. It's a combination of all of those.''

The Hurricanes have also been getting strong starting pitching.

Morris said Friday that ace lefty Chris Diaz (6-0) will start Saturday's opener. Andrew Suarez (4-1) and Bryan Radziewski (3-2) get the other two games.

Freshman closer Bryan Garcia is tied for the ACC lead with 11 saves.

"Starting pitching has been the strength of our team,'' Morris said, "but our bullpen has been throwing really good as well.''

 

This weekend: Notre Dame at Miami

When, Where: Saturday-Monday, 7 p.m.; Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, Coral Gables

TV/Radio: ESPN3, ESPNU (Monday); WQAM 560

The series: Miami leads 11-5

Scouting report: The Hurricanes try and extend the nation's longest winning streak against a Notre Dame team that is 15-21 and 3-15 in its first year competing in the ACC. Miami is expected to throw lefty Chris Diaz (6-0, 2.52 ERA) in the opener followed by RHP Andrew Suarez (4-1, 2.66) and LHP Bryan Radziewski (3-2, 3.69).

 

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The streak is great, but comes against not so great opponents. Reality is this team needs to win a series against more than Pitt, and other poor teams. Still a lot to prove for this team, and Morris needs to prove he can still win in the post season.

Canes are doing what they need to do...beating teams that they should beat, which is not as easy as it seems in baseball or they wouldn't have the nation's longest streak. I am not thrilled about playing Notre Dame on Easter weekend (bad karma) but let's get it done. The key is rack up a good enough record and ranking to earn the right for a super regional. that makes getting to Omaha that much easier.

Right because "God" is on ND's side.

Let's keep the streak going Canes, pound the Dame!!!

Cfl.
Stupid comment
Miami needs to beat whoever is the next opponent
As the article pointed out they also lost to maine, fau, bethune and stetson. Morris had this team woefully unprepared in the early half of the season. They have started to get their rhythm, and hitting better but not great. Definitely need to get better at hitting... Leaving too many runners stranded

The talent is there to go deep in the cws

But they need to get to omaha first

The road to omaha has to go throught tally, unfortunately. And the canes need to figure out a way to muster some firepower, bc curently its not good enough

Plain and simple - pitching and defense win games no matter who you play or where one plays. Go Canes

Sports and religion give the imbeciles something to do

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