Ten "Hot" Things to Watch

Miami vs. Florida. Two in-state rivals with a College World Series berth on the line. It doesn't get any better. Here are 10 "hot" things to watch for over the weekend in the Super Regional matchup.

10. The weather
Middle of the afternoon games in Miami at this time of the year can be extremely humid. This year is no different. Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 90's with 50 percent chances of thunderstorms.

9. Defense at the hot corner
Miami's Gaby Sanchez (21 errors) and Florida's Jonathan Tucker (19 errors) both have had their struggles at third base this season. Tucker, a newcomer at the hot corner, has improved his defense from the beginning of the year.

8. Will the true freshmen be able to handle the heat?
Both teams have true freshmen in their first postseason. With a College World Series berth on the line the players could feel added pressure. Jon Jay, Roger Tomas, and Danny Gil are having great seasons for the Hurricanes. The Gators have four true freshmen in their starting lineup: Adam Davis, Brian Jeroloman, Matt LaPorta, and Brian Leclerc.

7. Will Jeff Corsaletti continue to smolder in the postseason?
Florida's Jeff Corsaletti led the Oklahoma City Regional with nine RBI including a six RBI performance against Central Connecticut State. He batted .385 (5-for-13) during the regional en route to being named to the Regional All-Tournament team. Last year during the Coral Gables Regional he batted .429 with eight RBI.

6. Warming up the bullpen
Postseason baseball is all about pitching. It could be an interesting series if both teams are forced to go deep in their bullpens early in the series. If the series goes three games it will be important to have able arms ready to go.

5. Will Danny Gil be able to close games if needed?
Miami head coach Jim Morris kicked off two of the team's top relievers, George Huguet and Shaun Valdes-Fauli, in separate team rules violations during the season. Enter freshman Danny Gil into the fire. Gil is the team's closer and has had a remarkable season, but has just one save against top competition.

4. Which team is hotter?
Miami scored 19 runs in each of its last two games while Florida pitching allowed just four runs in their last three games, a 1.33 ERA. Something has to give.

3. Jim Burt vs. Ben Harrison
The team's best players are scorching right now. Both players were Regional Most Outstanding Player last weekend in their respective regional. Burt hit 10-for-15 with two homeruns and 11 RBI in the Coral Gables Regional. Harrison currently has a career-best 14-game hit streak batting .358 with 16 RBI during the streak.

2. Can Miami hit another right-handed flamethrower?
Miami exposed the weaknesses of Jered Weaver (Long Beach State) and Michael Rogers (North Carolina State) who both feature a 90+ MPH fastball. Hoyman might have the best fastball of three. All three players were taken in the first two rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft earlier this week.

1. If it gets too hot…
Get a chocolate milkshake at the concession stand.

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

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