Baseball Team Has First Fall Practice

Coming off a College World Series appearance the Miami Hurricanes baseball team begins fall practice today at 4 p.m. that is open to the public.

Fans can expect to see a healthy LHP Scott Maine pitch today at 4 p.m. as he is scheduled for three innings in a 6-inning intrasquad game.

Maine was 12-3 last year with a 4.57 ERA. He struck out 76 batters in 106 1/3 innings.

Maine, the team's ace, helped guide the Hurricanes to the College World Series last year as they finished with a 42-24 record.

In addition to Maine, Miami returns starting pitchers RHP Danny Gil (4-3, 2.66) and LHP Manny Miguelez (8-4, 4.31) who will likely begin the season as the team's No. 2 and No. 3 starters respectively.

Maine is not the only pitcher worth watching today as junior college transfer RHP Enrique Garcia is also scheduled for three innings today. Garcia is a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder from Potomac State College (W.V.).

TOP RETURNERS

2B Jemile Weeks, Soph., .352 - 6 HR - 40 RBI - 13 SB
1B Yonder Alonso, Soph., .295 - 10 HR - 69 RBI - 4 SB
OF Blake Tekotte, Soph., .286 - 4 HR - 30 RBI - 10 SB
OF Dennis Raben, Soph., .285 - 8 HR - 32 RBI - 1 SB
SS Roger Tomas, Sr., .283 - 0 HR - 16 RBI - 3 SB
C Richard O'Brien, Sr., .252 - 5 HR - 22 RBI - 1 SB

BREAKOUT: Look for Raben to have a breakout season in 2007 as he finished strong in the second half of the year including the postseason. He'll be a fixture in the middle of the lineup and is destined for big things.

NOTE: Weeks led the team in extra base hits last year with 32.

TOP NEWCOMERS

3B Mark Sobolewski, Fr., Sarasota
LHP Eric Erickson, Fr., Sarasota
SS Ryan Jackson, Fr., Miami Springs
RHP Michael Rudman, Fr., Miami
C Jason Hagerty, Fr. St. Louis, Mo.
RHP Enrique Garcia, Jr., Mechanicsville, Md.

BREAKOUT: Sobolewski has impressed his teammates in the early workouts and will be given the first crack as the team's starting third basemen.

NOTE: Coach Jim Morris feels this recruiting class is as good as he has had at Miami and was ranked as high as second by a national publication.

FALL SCHEDULE

Day     Date            Stretching      Start
Thur.	Nov. 2		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Fri.	Nov. 3		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Sat.	Nov. 4		9:30 a.m.	11:00 a.m.
Mon.	Nov. 6		3:30 p.m.	5:00 p.m.
Tue.	Nov. 7		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Wed. 	Nov. 8		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Thur.	Nov. 9		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Fri.	Nov. 10		3:00 p.m.	4:30 p.m.
Sat. 	Nov. 11		9:30 a.m.	11:00 a.m.
Mon. 	Nov. 13		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Tue.	Nov. 14		2:30 p.m.	4:00 p.m.
Wed.	Nov. 15		3:30 p.m.	5:00 p.m.
Sat.    Nov. 18         10:00 a.m.      60-yd dash
Sat.    Nov. 18         10:30 a.m.      9.5 inning game


Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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