Friday Stock Report: 6/3

The baseball team begins NCAA Tournament play tonight at 7 pm against Virginia Commonwealth as they host a regional for the 21st time in school history. This week's edition of the Friday Stock Report takes a look at the Coral Gables Regional and points out three Hurricanes needed to step up in order for Miami to win their NCAA-record 12th straight regional.

The team is struggling as they have lost six straight games for the first time since 1966. They are hosting their 21st regional and have advanced to the College World Series 17 of the 20 years they have hosted a regional. They have a 70-11 record at home during the regional. The Hurricanes get started tonight at 7 pm with Ricky Orta on the mound.

Perez has a 2.57 ERA with a 5-1 record out of the bullpen. Opponents are hitting just .197 off of him and has struck out 50 in 42 innings. He was the number two starter earlier this season before a suspension. After returning he has been the team's closer and will be extremely important to the team's success this weekend. Perez can be used more than one inning if the team is in trouble. He throws in the low 90s and has a sharp breaking ball.

Valencia benefits from batting behind two players—Ryan Braun and Jon Jay—who are batting over .400 for the season. He has 59 runs batted in on the season, which is good for second best on the team however his on-base percent of .359 ranks only eighth on the team amongst starters. He needs to provide the team with key hits with guys on base or else opposing pitchers will pitch around Braun and Jay. Also needed from Valencia this weekend is stellar defense. His 11 errors at first base is high and although this is his first year playing the position, the team cannot afford any lapses.

Braun is expected to be drafted in the first round on Tuesday, but he needs to perform and a high level this weekend to get his team to the Super Regionals. He is batting .401 on the year with 16 homeruns, 71 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and has an OPS of 1.201. Look for Braun to have a big weekend as he has done in the past against top competition.


C/3B Thomas Beckery has a .313 batting average and leads the team with seven homeruns, 55 RBI, and a .863 OPS. Berkery is a 6-foot-1 junior from Sarasota High School who has started 158 games for the Bulldogs.

Also Watch: SP Todd Doolittle (5-7, 3.89 ERA)

CF/RP Mike McBryde leads the Owls with a .377 batting average and is tied for the team-lead with 39 RBI. McBryde also leads the team with 10 saves and has a 3.12 ERA in 34 innings while striking out 45. McBryde is a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Palm Beach Gardens High School who was drafted in the 38th round before attending FAU.

Also Watch: SP Mickey Storey (9-1, 1.77 ERA)

2B Scott Sizemore leads the team with 12 homeruns and 56 RBI. His .372 average ranks second on the team along and also has 19 stolen bases. He was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Sizemore is a 6-foot-0 sophomore from Chesapeake, Va.

Also Watch: 1B Tim St. Clair (.373-9 HR-47 RBI-1.038 OPS)

Look for Miami to win their regional for an NCAA-record 12th straight time and advance to the Super Regionals where they will face the winner of the Lincoln Regional—Nebraska, N.C. State, Creighton, and Illinois-Chicago. Nebraska was awarded the #3 national seed after winning the Big 12 while compiling a 50-13 record.

The team will begin their summer workout program on Monday. They have not been together since spring practices ended. It will be important to get together as a team to develop team camaraderie as well as improving their strength and speed.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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