Big Inning Carries Canes to 19-6 Victory

Once again the Miami Hurricanes took their hot bats to the plate and put up 19 runs for the second straight day. Miami (47-11) scored nine runs in the top of the seventh to break a 5-5 tie over Florida Atlantic (47-17) on their way to a 19-6 victory. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jim Burt who went 4-for-6 with four runs batted in led the Hurricanes.

The game was delayed nearly two hours due to lightning in the area during the fourth inning with the Hurricanes up 3-2. During the delay the Hurricanes spent time in their locker room trying to stay relaxed while Florida Atlantic players went to the Hecht Center to play trivia games.

"We won that game," joked Florida Atlantic head coach Kevin Cooney. "We definitely won that hands down."

Cooney was proud of his team's achievements—winning 47 games through adversity of injuries, winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, and having a chance to compete for a regional championship at the end of the season.

"It was a great game until the sixth inning," Cooney said. "The seventh just changed everything around. I thought it was a great baseball game until that point. Our relief pitchers didn't really do anything positive to keep us in the game and that's the story right there."

In the seventh inning the Hurricanes sent 13 batters to the plate scoring nine runs to break open a 5-5 tie into a blowout leading 14-5 during the seventh-inning stretch.

Tournament Most Outstanding Player Jim Burt had a bases clearing double during the seventh inning with the Hurricanes leading 6-5. Burt finished the tournament 10-for-15 (.667 BA), nine runs, 11 runs batted in, two homeruns, and two doubles.

"I am seeing the ball real well right now," Burt said. "I feel real confident up there. I got a lot of pitches to hit this weekend. I am staying quiet and staying back on the ball. This weekend I was able to hit some off-speed pitches. This week in practice I worked on staying back on the ball. It is great, my senior year, to have a weekend like this, but we have a long ways to go to get where we want to be."

J.D. Cockroft (9-4) pitched six strong innings keeping his team in the game until the outburst. On the day Cockroft gave up eight hits and five runs.

"After my defensive misplay on the bunt I was able to get into a groove after that," Cockroft said. "We had the delay, but fortunately I was able to find that groove again."

When it rains, it pours. Richard Giannotti added a grand slam in the eighth inning with the game already in hand. Giannotti finished the day with seven runs batted in.

"We got hot at the right time and a lot of our guys did really well swinging the bat," Morris added.

Hurricanes on All-Regional Team

C Erick San Pedro
1B Jim Burt
SS Roger Tomas
3B Gaby Sanchez
OF Jon Jay
OF Brian Barton
P Brandon Camardese

Most Outstanding Player: Jim Burt

Super Regional Opponent

After struggling at the end of the regular season the Florida Gators (43-20) won the Oklahoma City regional to advance to the Super Regionals against the Hurricanes. Like the Hurricanes the Gators did not lose a game in regional play.

"It is always a great matchup," Morris said. "We beat them two out of three at the beginning of the season (Feb 13-15). It will be a tough series for us."

Justin Hoyman (11-1, 2.71) is a finalist for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the nation's top pitcher. Hoyman also earned a spot on Collegiate Baseball's First Team All-American squad.

Senior outfielder Ben Harrison (.357-17-69) currently has a career best 14-game hit streak and earned second-team league honors. Harrison figures to be a high draft pick in the MLB Entry Draft June 7-8.

Notes

Game attendance was 3,406...The Hurricanes have won 10 straight games and 17 of their last 19…Miami tied their all-time regional runs per game average with 44 runs (14.7 per game)…the last time Miami had back-to-back postseason games with at least 15 runs was 1982, their first national title…as a team the Hurricanes batted .388 in the regionals.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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