Blake Tekotte and Miami Play Today at 2 p.m.

The Miami Hurricanes baseball team host Louisville today at 2:00 p.m. with RHP Ricky Orta making his first start in 2006. Miami (5-3) has a number of newcomers this season including freshman outfielder Blake Tekotte who leads the team in stolen bases and runs.

Freshman outfielder Blake Tekotte has started every game this season for Miami (5-3).

Tekotte (Columbia, Mo.) has been the leadoff hitter for the 'Canes and leads the team in stolen bases with six.

On the season he has a .357 batting average with one homerun, five RBI, and has scored a team-high 10 runs.

The freshman phenom took time to discuss how his season has gone thus far.

CanesTime: How has everything been going so far?

Tekotte: It is a blessing to be out here, to be honest. Since I was a little kid I have always watched Miami. I always wished I could come out here and play. It is unbelievable to be out here with all of these talented guys. Every time I put on the uniform I just get so pumped up. Basically I have just let my abilities take over this season.

CanesTime: Is there anything in particular that has attributed to your comfort level early on in the season to start off the season well?

Tekotte: The guys are great, which has helped a lot. I think in previous years there has been a difference between the upperclassmen and the freshman. But from what I hear, this year's freshmen class is different. It is like we are more as a unit.

CanesTime: There are number of talented freshmen on the squad, what are your thoughts on your peers?

Tekotte: We have some talented guys with Jemile Weeks, Yonder Alonso, and Dennis Raben all being drafted out of high school. It was pretty close for a couple of them to sign so it is nice to have them here. Dennis is pitching as well as hitting. Jemile can do just about anything. And Yonder has probably the most power out of anyone on the team.

CanesTime: One of the things you bring to the table is speed and the ability to steal bases. Can you talk about that element of your game?

Tekotte: Gino has helped me out a lot. In the fall we did a lot of conditioning which really helped out my quickness. The biggest thing with stealing is your first step and picking your spots to steal.

CanesTime: Currently you are playing left field, but you are primarily a centerfielder. How have you been adjusting in left?

Tekotte: I have played left some before this season so I am kind of used to it. It is different than center, but I have a lot of confidence in Jon Jay. The ball comes off the bat a little different with lefthanded hitters.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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