WRAP-UP: Gators give in to Miami mystique

DIRECT FROM MIAMI: The Florida baseball team continues to fund the Miami mystique. Despite ripping the Hurricane staff for 15 hits and 7 runs, the Gators miserable misfortune continued in an 8-7 loss to the 'Canes in the NCAA Super Regionals. Here's why they lost.

Determining the outcome in this game:

Errors...You can't win with errors, and when you commit five of them, you usually don't compete. What makes this game all the more frustrating for the Gators is that they made five errors yet still had an opportunity to for victory. Florida's Ben Harrison said it best when he stated earlier this week, "They've ruined my life for three years." However, it was Harrison, who unfortunately contributed to his own demise when he bobbled a single to right with an opportunity to throw out one of the Gators most aggrevating nemises Jim Burt. The burly first baseman led off the sixth a double to left. Catcher Erick San Pedro's then singled to right. Harrison obviously saw Burt rounding third as if there wasn't a stop sign within two miles, but bobbled the ball as he attempted to throw him out at the plate.

Leaving too many Men on Base...One of the keys to the Hurricanes success was that Florida couldn't get the base runners to cross the plate. In fact, all of the Gatores starters has at least one hit agaisnt the Miami pitching staff today. That doesn't happen to the 'Canes often, and you can bet that they are counting their blessings to escape this one with a W. Besides, as goes the old baseball addage, 'He who can't score, can't win". And that is especially true in the Super Regionals.

Justin Hoyman...The Cocoa native has been one of the tremendous success stories in Gator baseball. Today, simply wasn't one of his better days. The junior scattered 10 hits in seven innings. However, Hoyman uncharacteristically committed a pair of costly errors, which bolstered Miami's explosive 7th inning.

Leadoff Men...The teams leadoff hitters, Jonathan Tucker and John Jay hit a combined 7 of 9 with four runs scored. These were the only guys in the game, who played true to their roles.

McMahon....I usually don't find myself second guessing Coach Pat McMahon. But, McMahon's decision to go with Hoyman in the 7th after Darren O'Day had warmed up and was proclaimed ready during the Hurricanes at bat in the bottom of the sixth was a misatake. The Gators went back out pretty quickly (13 pitches) when it seemed rather obvious that Hoyman wasn't very effective.

The two teams will lace them up again on Sunday. A Florida win will force an additional game in the best of three series.


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