Andrew Lane is Ready for a Big Senior Year

Andrew Lane is a senior lefthanded pitcher from Killian High School in Miami, Fla. He is one of the leaders of the team and looks forward to beginning the 2006 season.

2005 Stats: 36 Appearances, 47.1 Innings, 3-0, 2.66 ERA

Andrew Lane spent the summer playing for the Luray Wranglers in the Virginia Valley League. He finished the season with the Wranglers with a 7.84 ERA without recording a decision.

"I struggled at the beginning of the Valley league," Lane said "I ended up making the all star team in the valley league, because I finished off really well"

Lane had a great junior year for the Canes because of his bulldog mentality on the mound. Despite not having the best stuff, he is an aggressive pitcher who is very good at spotting his pitches. He carried those aspects of his game over to Virginia.

"I just kept going at guys," Lane said "I think that's what made me successful last season. I just concentrated on going after guys and staying aggressive."

Lane stopped throwing his slider last year because he simply felt uncomfortable throwing it. Lane felt he needed to come up with another pitch to replace the slider and he worked on that in the Valley League.

"I worked on a cutter in Virginia," Lane said. "I got rid of my slider last year, so I wanted to add a new pitch to my repertoire."

Lane entered fall ball as one of the stars on the team, so it was a little surprising that he struggled the first few days. Lane settled down and finished off fall practices with strong performances.

"I came into fall ball a little big headed," Lane said. "The freshman hit me around a little bit in the first few games. Now I am getting after it showing the guys whose boss."

The Canes brought in a very talented freshman class. Freshman like Jemile Weeks, Dennis Raben, Nick Freitas, and Blake Tekotte will be counted to contribute immediately.

"I'd say Dennis Raben, and Blake Tekotte have been the most impressive so far," Lane said. "The freshmen are going to really help us out."

The Canes lost three of their four starting pitchers (Cesar Carrillo, Brandon Camardese, and Dan Touchet) and will count on players like Marcelo Albir, and Jason Santana along with the bullpen to fill the void left by last year's players. The pitching staff is young and talented, but will need to mature quickly.

"I think the pitching staff is really strong," Lane said. "The young guys from last year have a year under their belt and are ready to step up. We have older guys like Chris Perez, Danny Gil, Ricky Orta, and myself who are going to step up and lead this staff."

The Canes' also have two knew freshman pitchers. Anthony Perez from Pace High School in Miami and Teddy Kaufman from Miami Killian are the two knew arrivals

"Anthony and Teddy look really strong," Lane said. "We just have to remember they are freshman."

Lane who was magnificent for the Canes in the bullpen last year is still unsure of his role on the team next year. It appears Jim Morris has made it clear the stating jobs are not decided yet.

"The rotation spots are up for grabs right now," Lane said "We don't really know who the starters are going to be. I just told the coaches that I want to do whatever it takes to help the team win. It doesn't matter to me if it is as a starter or a part of the bullpen. I can't tell you if I'll be a starter or in the pen until the season starts."

The Canes' have to deal with the loses of many players including ACC pitcher of the year Cesar Carrillo and ACC player of the year Ryan Braun, but Lane still feels confident that the Canes' can be an excellent team.

"I think we are strong," Lane said. "We are young and we have a lot of question marks, but that just makes us work harder. I think we are strong and we are going to surprise a lot of people. Omaha is always our goal."

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