“He’s one of the most intense competitors we’ve got,” Richt said. “Just like we talked about, he was on scout team all of last year. All last year. He just terrorized everybody every day.
The Canes are a preseason top-10 team for the first time since 2005. Yet, Miami is focused on much more than just a top-10 ranking. UM has its sights set on repeating as ACC Coastal Division champions and
As his strong play drew more attention from opposing teams, pitchers began to throw around him, choosing to give him a free base rather than allowing him a chance to hit a home run. This lowered scouts’ interest, but it was not Toral’s fault.
Led by 17 points, a career-high eight rebounds and six assists from freshman Kelsey Marshall and 13 points from redshirt senior Shaneese Bailey, Miami started off dominant on the offensive end and never looked back.
It is just the third time in program history — and the first time since 1970 — that two Miami players were selected in the same NBA draft.
“This can’t be real; it almost feels fake,” said Cabezas, who was the No. 544 overall pick. “I can’t believe I’m going to live out my dream and play professional baseball with a great organization like the Minnesota Twins. It feels amazing. I’m at a loss for words right now.”
Freshman right-hander Chris McMahon guided UM (17-23) through the first four innings of Wednesday night’s game unscathed. But the Panthers (19-21) found a chink in his armor in the top of the fifth inning.
The Canes will add Wyoming transfer Anthony Mack, Oklahoma transfer Kameron McGusty and Florida Gulf Coast University transfer Zach Johnson.
The win marked just the second time the Panthers have beaten the Canes. UM now leads the all-time series 17-2.
The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native has been on a pitch count since his return, but made it all the way up to 89 pitches on Wednesday evening.