Our baseball beat writers break down what they thought about the Hurricanes’ performance in Gainesville this weekend.
Opening its season with a series against the nation’s consensus No. 1 team for the first time in history, Miami maintained momentum from Saturday’s 13-inning victory and held on to defeat Florida 8-6 in the rubber game.
In just the second game of the season, a 13-inning thriller ended in a 10-9 victory for Miami over the nation’s top-ranked team.
‘That was the worst feeling ever’: Miami looking for redemption in opening series of 2021 after getting swept by Gators last season
Miami, ranked from as high as No. 6 to as low as No. 21, will get a chance at redemption in the opening series of the 2021 season when they take on the No. 1 Florida Gators at their new ballpark in Gainesville, Florida.
“We’re going to probably have one of the more challenging seasons, not just with the COVID but also our schedule,” said head coach Gino DiMare.
If you’ve watched almost any baseball game at Miami over the past two seasons, the chances of missing the hitting performances of catcher Adrian Del Castillo are likely slim to none.
“It’s a big loss, losing those three guys,” DiMare said on finding a new weekend pitching trio. “I think probably on the outside looking in, that’s going to be the biggest question mark for our team.”
When the Miami Hurricanes take the field at Mark Light Field for the first home game of the season in two weeks, the only thing that will be normal will be the game of baseball. Everything else, different.
Head coach Gino DiMare announced the three-man rotation will include senior Daniel Federman on Fridays, freshman Alejandro Rosario on Saturdays and freshman Victor Mederos on Sundays.
Four national championships. Twenty-five College World Series appearances. A record of 44 consecutive NCAA regionals appearances. One elite college baseball program.