Sports

‘Noles enter Coral Gables looking for revenge

The Hurricanes and Florida State will meet again this weekend at Mark Light Field.

Last week, the Hurricanes went into Tallahassee and won the series against the Seminoles, taking two out of three games.

The victories moved the Hurricanes up a spot in the national polls to fourth and improved their record to 26-7. In addition, Head Coach Jim Morris is now two wins shy of 500 as a Hurricane.

The ‘Canes struggled Friday, losing a tight game 6-5. However, on Saturday, after falling behind 4-0 at the end of the first inning, the Hurricanes rallied with 15 unanswered runs in what would eventually be an easy 17-11 victory. On Sunday, Brandon Camardese was brilliant as the Hurricanes recorded their first-ever shutout in Tallahassee.

“Winning two out of three games up there was big. They’ve dominated us the last couple of seasons but we dominated them before that, so it goes back and forth,” Morris said.

This weekend, the Seminoles make their way down to Miami to try to even the score. The teams will not be playing a home-and-home series next year when the Hurricanes join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Hurricanes will have to deal with Seminoles ace Eddie Cannon on Friday night. The Hurricanes have struggled lately on Friday nights, losing the last two Friday night games to Georgia Tech and Florida State. These recent struggles have prompted Morris to make some pitching changes. J.D. Cockroft will start Friday’s game against the Seminoles. The move was made to give Dan Touchet time to heal.

“Touchet needs a week or two off to get his arm healthy,” Morris said. “J.D. is a proven performer here for two years, so we believe he can do the job.”

In order to continue their success at home, the Hurricanes will need to find an answer for Seminole sluggers Stephen Drew and Eddy Martinez-Esteve. Drew hit four home runs in the three-game series in Tallahassee, including the game winner Friday night. Martinez-Esteve hit one home run last week, but he is one of the premier hitters in the nation.

“Drew is a good hitter. We need to make him hit our pitch and not make mistakes,” Morris said. “They have a lot of talent in their lineup.”

One of the things that will help the Hurricanes stop Drew is a regular outfield. Miami is happy to be home at Mark Light, where right field is normal depth. At Dick Hauser stadium, the right field fence is high but very short, only 292 feet from home plate, which allows left-handed power hitters like Drew to have an easy homerun target.

“I like a legitimate-sized outfield. Their right field fence is very short so I don’t like coaching in that environment because a pop-up gets over the fence and changes the game,” Morris said. “I think we have a very fair field. If you hit the ball well, it goes out.”

The key to the series for the Hurricanes will once again be the starting pitching’s ability to perform. With the victories in Tallahassee, the Hurricanes cannot afford to lose this series at Mark Light.

“The pitching needs to set the tone of the games,” outfielder Brian Barton said. “The pressure is still on us because we have more to lose. We just need to play good, solid defense, have good pitching, and get timely hitting. If we do that, we will have a huge advantage.”

Darren Grossman can be contacted at d.grossman@umiami.edu.

April 16, 2004

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

One day after the University of Miami announced that starting cornerback Malek Young would undergo “ ...

It’s one thing for a player who’s projected to go in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft to turn p ...

Miami coach Jim Larranaga and his staff spent recent practices pushing his players to whip the ball ...

The University of Miami confirmed in a written release Sunday that starting cornerback Malek Young s ...

In 2016, the Miami Hurricanes had tight end David Njoku, who went in the first round of the 2017 NFL ...

Presidents at three higher education institutions in Miami "lend our unified voices” to the cal ...

Thirty high school English teachers from Brazil are spending six weeks at UM in a new skill-building ...

Global and local efforts needed to respond to biological threats, UM President Julio Frenk warned at ...

As artificial Intelligence takes hold, tech visionary David Kenny stresses keeping human values in t ...

UM’s First Black Graduates Project committee visits an iconic D.C. museum for inspiration to create ...

The No. 25/23 Miami men's basketball team shot a sizzling 57.6 percent from the field in pullin ...

The University of Miami women's basketball team picked up its third straight win in eight days ...

The University of Miami men's tennis team (1-2) closed out its opening weekend with a 5-2 loss ...

With the help of dominating victories and dramatic comebacks, the No. 19 Miami women's tennis t ...

The University of Miami men's tennis team (1-1) returns to action on Sunday, as it travels to N ...

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.