Tekotte Headed Home

The Miami Hurricanes are headed to Columbia, Mo. for regional play in the NCAA Tournament. CF Blake Tekotte, the team's leadoff hitter, is happy to return to his hometown.

Three years ago Blake Tekotte was being recruited by Missouri. Now, Tekotte is looking to lead Miami past Missouri in the Columbia Regional.

Shortly after receiving the news that the Hurricanes would be headed to Columbia, where Tekotte starred at Hickman High, he received a text message from Missouri's leading home run hitter, Jacob Priday.

"Coming back...," the text read.

Yes, Tekotte is coming back. He is coming back to Columbia where he was a local baseball and football star. He was a Collegiate Baseball All-American as a senior after hitting .529 with 11 home runs, 53 RBI, and stole 20 bases.

Instead of staying in Columbia, Tekotte took the opportunity to play for coach Jim Morris at Miami.

Now Miami, 36-22, is looking to win their 14th straight regional.

"If we get hot, we can beat anybody," Tekotte said. "It doesn't matter who we play. As long as we play our game and don't make the small mistakes, it will be fun."

Tekotte, a sophomore, third on the team in batting average at .341 and leads the team in stolen bases with 15 and doubles with 17.

"I am trying to be more consistent this year after getting my feet last year," said Tekotte, who hit .286 in 61 games last year. "And the experience, you can't trade that for anything."

Tekotte credited former Hurricane Jon Jay for his ability to adapt to playing center field this year after making the switch from left field.

Tekotte has only committed one error this season and has recorded five assists.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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