Past, present to collide at the ‘Light'

The University of Miami baseball team might pick up a few pointers tomorrow night or they could end up dishing out a few of their own. The defending national champions will be on display for the first time as they host a slew of Hurricanes' stars from yesteryear in the annual alumni game at 7 p.m. at Mark Light Stadium.

Among the 45 former UM players scheduled to participate will be Orlando Palmiero (1990), J.D. Arteaga (1994-97), Danny Buxbaum (1994-95), Tom Farmer (1998-01), David Gil (1997-00), Joe Grahe (1987-89), Charlton Jimerson (1998-01), Ross Jones (1979-80), Mike Rodriguez (1999-01), Alex Santos (1997-99) and Jose Trujillo (1986-89).

Although current Philadelphia Phillies player and UM standout Pat Burrell is not expected to attend, Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez might be part of the festivities. Rodriguez, a South Florida resident, has been working out regularly during the off-season at the Coral Gables campus.

"I always like to play this game," said Miami head coach Jim Morris, entering his ninth season. "I realize how special it is for them, as much as the current tea, to come back and play on this field."

In a switch from the past, the alumni will pitch to the alumni while the current team will pitch to their own squad. Junior Kiki Bengochea , a pre-season Baseball America first-team All-American, will start for the '02 Hurricanes.

Admission to the game is free and it will include an autograph session with several of the current and former players. WVUM 90.5 studio radio will broadcast the contest live. Call 1-800-GO-CANES for more information on game and season tickets.

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