Diamond Notes: May 4

The #24 Miami Hurricanes baseball team takes a 29-16 record into a 3-game weekend home series against Wright State (24-19).

UM WINS N.C. STATE SERIES

After dropping the first game of the N.C. State series, 9-2, the Hurricanes bounced back with 9-6 and 12-10 wins to improve to 14-10 in the ACC with just six ACC games remaining.

"It was a huge weekend for us," Miami head coach Jim Morris said. "We went into a team that was ranked in the top 20 at a very tough place to play with fans all over you."

"I am very, very proud of our guys," Morris added.


MAINE TO START FRIDAY

Miami head coach Jim Morris has decided to change up his starting rotation with LHP Scott Maine getting the start on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Maine is 7-2 with a 5.06 ERA and has struck out 47 batters in 58.2 innings. He is holding opponents to a .250 batting average.

"He has good stuff," Morris said. "When he throws it over the plate he has a chance to be good."

RHP Carlos Gutierrez has been moved back to pitch on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

"Carlos has been struggling a little bit pitching on Fridays lately," Morris said. "Maine has been pitching better so we are just going to move him up."

Gutierrez is 8-5 this year with a 3.86 ERA.


MIGULEZ BACK IN ACTION

After one week off, LHP Manny Miguelez returns to the starting rotation.

"Manny is fine," Morris said. "He probably tried to get loose too soon."

Miguelez will pitch on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.


GILES MOVED UP

In the last two games of the N.C. State series RF Tommy Giles batted second in the lineup.

Giles responded by going 5-for-11 as the team scored 21 runs.

Giles currently leads the team with a .353 average and is second in slugging percent with a .576 mark.

He is expected to remain in the two spot this weekend.

With Giles at the two spot CF Jon Jay will get more opportunities with guys on base as he hits in his natural three spot in the lineup.

Jay, who is batting .342 this season after batting .408 as a sophomore in 2005, is still considered the team's best hitter according to Morris.


HOMERUN LEADER BACK ON TRACK

C Eddy Rodriguez leads the team with seven homeruns and a .600 slugging percent.

"I am feeling pretty good about my season," Rodriguez said. "I was in a little funk with my hitting, but I am seeing the ball fine now."

The junior from Coral Gables High School hit .320 last season as a first-year starter with eight homeruns and 33 runs batted in.

He is currently batting .344 with 27 RBI.

"I just have to keep working hard to be strong at the end of the season when it matters the most," Rodriguez said.


FORMER CANES AT WRIGHT STATE

The Wright State coaching staff features three former Hurricanes who played for coach Morris including head coach Rob Cooper (Miami, '94) and assistant coaches Bruce Thompson (Miami, '99) and Greg Lovelady (Miami, ‘01).

Cooper played in the 1993 season for Miami and was a volunteer assistant during Morris' first two years in Coral Gables. Thompson was a four-year letterwinner (1992-95) at Miami, and Lovelady was catcher on the Hurricanes' 1999 and 2001 National Championship teams before serving as a volunteer assistant from 2002-04.

"I know all of their hearts are still here in Miami," Morris said. "It is going to be different, I haven't played against any of those guys before. It is going to be a very interesting weekend."


UM AT THE NCAA'S

According to Morris, the university will not bid for an NCAA regional based on the state of the construction at Mark Light Field.

Currently the Canes are 13th in RPI according to Boydsworld.com.

Based on their record this season and the competition they face in the ACC they are likely to be a two seed at the NCAA regionals, which begin June 2.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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