Jay Expected to Lead Canes

Jon Jay hit .408 last year with one homerun and 52 RBI. With a number of new faces in the lineup Jay is expected to lead the Hurricanes in the 2006 season.

Fall practice started last Friday and Jay was excited to get back on the field.

"It is going to be a fun year," Jay said. "We have a lot of new guys and a few guys coming back. Everyone is real excited to come out and see what everyone has."

Over the summer, Jay paired up with fellow Hurricane Chris Perez to play for Team USA.

"It was a great summer," Jay said. "I got to play for Team USA and it was a great honor. It was a lot of fun and I got to travel all around the world."

Playing with top-notch players from across the country was very enjoyable for Jay.

"It was fun playing with that caliber of players," Jay said. "It was fun meeting guys that you always read about and hear about all year. I formed some good friendships over the summer with guys I still talk to now."

The guys on Team USA had plenty of stories to tell about where they each go to school.

"Everyone just wants to know about Miami," Jay said. "I always wanted to know about what goes in other cities and what they do in practice or anything that could help my game out."

In the off-season, Jay wants to continue to work on his speed and defense. Driving the ball more is an area of his hitting that he would like to improve upon.

Jay owns a career .387 batting average and is expected to be one of the leaders on the team especially in the lineup. The last two seasons he has been playing left field, but could play center field this season.

However Jay won't be the only leader as senior captain Andrew Lane is also back.

"I think we have a bunch of leaders on this team," Jay said. "All of the older guys just need to step it up and help everyone out. It has been fun so far this year."

With a number of freshmen on the team, it is important they adapt to the rigors of college baseball.

"The guys are real hungry and finding out what it takes to play Miami baseball," Jay said.

According to Jay, Roger Tomas is poised for a breakout season after improving on his strength over the summer.

Fall practices are open to the public and conclude on November 19.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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