Baseball Team Will Travel to Virginia Tech

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami baseball team will travel to Virginia Tech this weekend as planned.

The Hurricanes will travel with extra security this weekend as they travel to Virginia Tech, the site of the worst shooting spree in American history in which a 23-year old gunman was believed to have killed 32 people yesterday morning.

"I just want our guys to feel comfortable," said UM coach Jim Morris on the extra security whose team already travels with a policeman.

Morris called Virginia Tech coach Peter Hughes on Tuesday morning to express his sympathies and discuss this weekend's series beginning on Friday.

"They want to try to get everything back to normalcy as soon as possible on campus," Morris said. "There is more security on campus than the rest of state of Virginia right now. It is definitely a safe atmosphere or else we wouldn't be going."

Pitcher Scott Maine is expected to start on the mound for the Hurricanes in the first game of the series on Friday night.

"I'm not really sure what to expect," Maine said. "It could be a down game or they could want to lift up the school and want to play hard. Who knows, it is so soon from that event." Miami sophomore first baseman Yonder Alonso, the team leader in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in, is looking to lead his team this weekend in a key ACC series.

"When I found out about what happened, I was shocked, but imagine what it is like for them," Alonso said. "Our prayers are with them."

Jonathan Weislow, a freshman outfielder from Vienna, Va., knows a number of people that go to school at Virginia Tech.

"All of my friends from high school went there so I immediately starting thinking if my friends were okay," Weislow said. "Everyone that I talked to was just panicking and said it was just unreal."

The Hurricanes will be wearing armbands in memory of the victims.

"Definitely everyone will be thinking about it, there is no question about that," Morris said.

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