Super Regional Preview: Miami vs Florida

The #1 Miami Hurricanes (47-11) host the #17 Florida Gators (43-20) in the Super Regional. The best-of-three series in Coral Gables begins on Saturday, June 12 at noon and the winner earns a berth to the College World Series beginning June 18th.

SCHEDULE
Game 1 – Saturday		12:00 p.m.		ESPN 2

Game 2 – Sunday		 3:00 p.m.	         ESPN 

Game 3 – Monday 		 1:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m.	ESPN 2
TEAM MATCHUP

#1 Miami Hurricanes
47-11, Last 10: 10-0, Streak: Won 10
Batting: .330 BA - 8.8 runs/game - 1.31 HR/game - 2.26 SB/game
Pitching: 3.57 ERA - 7.7 SO/game - .237 opp. BA - .969 field pct.

#17 Florida Gators
43-20, Last 10: 6-4, Streak: Won 3
Batting: .306 BA – 7.3 runs/game – 1.06 HR/game – 1.11 SB/game
Pitching: 4.00 ERA – 5.3 SO/game - .278 opp. BA - .964 field pct.

*Rankings by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on June 7th

TICKET INFORMATION

General Admission Adult: $9
General Admission Youth/Seniors: $7

1-800-GO-CANES
Mark Light Field, Capacity: 5,000

NOTES

The two teams met for a three game series in Coral Gables February 13-15. Miami took the series two games to one by scores of 0-3, 4-1, and 19-5. The Hurricanes have won their last 10 games and 17 of their last 19. Miami has played their last 25 games at Mark Light Stadium and have a 21-4 record during the stretch. Florida won the Oklahoma City Regional last weekend by going unbeaten in three games by a combined score of 27-4.

STARTING PITCHERS

Game 1 - Saturday
LHP #44 J.D. Cockroft (9-4, 3.22) vs. RHP #21 Justin Hoyman (11-1, 2.71)

Cockroft has regained his form from the 2003 season in which he went 11-3 with a 2.71 ERA. Earlier this year he was bounced from the rotation to the bullpen, but since making the move back to the rotation he has pitched extremely well. Although he does not possess great velocity he is able to keep hitters on their toes with a deceptive curveball. On Tuesday the Texas Rangers drafted him in the 26th round.

Hoyman, the SEC Pitcher of the Year, allowed just one hit in seven innings of shutout work against Miami earlier in the season. He won his first 10 decisions of the season using a natural sinking fastball in the low-90s, a sharp slider, and an average changeup. By putting on nearly 20 pounds in the off-season and adding more speed to his fastball he became a solid draft prospect. The Cleveland Indians selected him in the second round earlier in the week.

Game 2 - Sunday
RHP #13 Cesar Carrillo (10-0, 2.89) vs. RHP #23 Connor Falkenbach (10-6, 3.33)

Carrillo, a second-team All-American, settled down last weekend after shaking off some nerves of pitching in his first postseason game. After giving up four runs in the first inning he settled down to allow just three hits in the next five innings. He has a fastball consistently in the 90's and throws a curve and changeup to keep hitters balanced

Falkenbach has simply been amazing since making the move to the starting rotation on May 23. He has a 2.13 ERA in his past three starts over 25.1 innings including two complete games. On the season he has 76 strikeouts to just 11 walks—a 6.9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Game 3 - Monday
LHP #18 Brandon Camardese (6-2, 3.86) vs. RHP #48 Tommy Boss (4-5, 4.24)

Last year against Florida in the regionals, Camardese had one of his worst games of the season allowing eight runs (seven earned) in just 3.1 innings. He throws hard using a fastball, slider, and cutter. This is the second straight season that Camardese has led the team in starts. He made the All-Regional team with his 8.2 inning performance against St. Bonaventure allowing just three runs.

Last weekend Boss was phenomenal in the regionals against UCLA pitching a complete game shutout allowing just four hits and striking out six. He has had his fair share of struggles in his career against the Hurricanes. In three games he has a 21.00 ERA in three innings allowing seven runs including at least one run in each outing.

STARTERS
HURRICANES		  Advantage	GATORS
#35 Erick San Pedro	      C           #8 Brian Jeroloman
.374, 14 HR 71 RBI		    Canes		.318, 1 HR 27 RBI

#4 Jim Burt		      1B	         #12 C.J. Smith
.374, 14 HR 71 RBI		    Canes		.347, 14 HR 63 RBI

#22 Adam Ricks		      2B	         #9 Adam Davis
.338, 10 HR 46 RBI		    Canes		.316, 6 HR 23 RBI

#0 Roger Tomas		      SS	         #29 Justin Tordi 
.305, 0 HR 14 RBI		    Gators	.306, 3 HR 39 RBI

#28 Gaby Sanchez	               3B          #1 Jonathan Tucker
.315, 7 HR 44 RBI		    Canes		.278, 0 HR 28 RBI

#30 Jon Jay		      LF	         #2 Brian Leclerc 
.358, 4 HR 48 RBI		    Canes		.309, 5 HR 36 RBI

#32 Brian Barton		      CF		#7 Jeff Corsaletti
.366, 6 HR 44 RBI		     Even		.328, 5 HR 43 RBI

#21 Richard Giannotti	      RF	         #43 Ben Harrison
.273, 4 HR 32 RBI		    Gators        .357, 17 HR 68 RBI

#8 Ryan Braun		      DH	         #13 Matt LaPorta
.362, 9 HR 42 RBI		    Canes		.279, 13 HR 36 RBI
ON THE BENCH

Miami
#9 Joey Hooft (.271, 1 HR 21 RBI)
#48 Brendan Katin (.268, 6 HR 24 RBI)
#16 Paco Figueroa (.364, 3 HR 17 RBI)

Florida
#6 Stephen Barton (.259, 1 HR 22 RBI)
#25 Austin Easley (.175, 0 HR 5 RBI)
#22 Jon Skorupski (.231, 1 HR 6 RBI)

IN THE BULLPEN

Miami
RHP #31 Dan Touchet, 5-1, 3.69 ERA (46.1 IP)
RHP #34 Vince Bongiovanni, 3-2, 5.40 ERA (38.1 IP)
RHP #27 Danny Gil, 8-0, 3.22 ERA (36.1 IP)
RHP #7 Alex Blanco, 1-1, 4.26 ERA (25.1 IP)
LHP #19 Chiqui Chirino, 0-0, 3.21 ERA (14.0 IP)

Florida
RHP #44 Bryan Ball, 5-1, 5.04 ERA (69.2 IP)
RHP #35 Darren O'Day, 8-1, 2.67 ERA (57.1 IP)
LHP #15 Steven Porter, 1-3, 5.13 ERA (33.1 IP)
LHP #24 Lee Roberson, 2-1, 4.84 ERA (22.1 IP)
LHP #42 Adam Sanabria, 1-1, 4.50 ERA (20 IP)

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

The winner will face the LSU/Texas A&M winner on June 19th in the College World Series which begins a day earlier. Eight teams advance to the CWS in Omaha in a double-elimination format with a best-of-three championship series beginning June 26.

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

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