UM Looking for Offensive Breakout

University of Miami assistant coach Gino DiMare didn't wait long to get out of the ballpark Sunday after watching the Hurricanes' offense go cold in a 2-0 loss to North Carolina. "I was the very first one to leave I can tell you that. I was very, very upset," said Dimare.

"I was probably more frustrated than anybody and I just felt disappointed as the hitting coach that we didn't swing the bats well and score any runs."

Miami managed only four hits off North Carolina freshman left-hander Andrew Miller, who recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts and stranded six UM base runners. As a result the Hurricanes dropped two of three for the first time this season.

"We're going to have to start doing a better job of hitting the ball if we expect to contend with some of these teams down the stretch," said DiMare. "We won't be in Omaha if we can't swing the sticks. You have to beat guys like that."

Dimare and the Hurricanes (37-11) will get another chance tonight when they host Florida Atlantic (38-14). Right-hander Dan Touchet (4-1, 4.35 ERA), who will be making his first start since April 9 at Florida State, will oppose FAU freshman Mike Crotta (5-3, 4.98).

"We recruited Crotta a little bit out of high school," said DiMare. "He throws pretty hard and is having a pretty good season for a freshman although I don't know how they're looking at it."

Crotta, who hasn't pitched since a relief appearance May 2 against Winthrop, will be making his 12th start of the season. Crotta has recorded 48 strikeouts in 59.2 innings pitched.

The Owls, coming off a 9-4 defeat to Georgia State despite taking two of three in the series, will be in search of their fourth victory over a Top-25 team this season.

Brian Barton leads the Hurricanes with a .389 batting average.

The Hurricanes leads the all-time series 37-7, including a 1-0 win over the Owls in last year's Coral Gables Regional. UM has won three of the last five regular season meetings between both teams.

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