Boston College ran into an intense and focused University of Miami team today at the BankUnited Center in an early and rare noon game. While most students were probably still sleeping off their Friday night partying, the Canes managed to keep the Eagles grounded with a balanced team approach and a solid defensive effort in an absolutely essential ACC win.
In the end, Faith in Haith was once again restored by the score of 69-58. The Jack Attack registered 22 points with James Dews dropping in 14 and Brian Asbury depositing 12. The Hurricanes (16-10 overall, 5-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke a three-game losing streak and swept the season series with Boston College. The Eagles (19-9, 7-6) were coming off a win over Duke last Sunday.
The Hurricanes have three games remaining on their regular-season slate -- including just one more at home. Miami will honor its four seniors -- Jack "McClutch" McClinton, Brian "Haight" Asbury, Lance "Over The" Hurdle and Jimmy Graham "Cracker"-- before their regular-season finale at the BankUnited Center on Sat., March 7 versus NC State. Tickets begin as low as $10 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-GO-CANES.
On this Super Sports Saturday on the lovely and active UM Campus in Coral Gables Canes fans had a chance for a rare triple header: A UM basketball game at the BUC at noon and a Hurricane baseball double-header at newly renovated Alex Rodriquez Park at Mark Light Field at 4 PM and 7 PM.
So, with the hardcourt hoopsters having done their part with a big win over BC, it was now time for Canes fans to walk the two blocks down Ponce De Leon Boulevard to the diamond for more good, clean fun starting at 4 PM. Who knows, even the students may be awake by then?
Many thanks to Canesince1982 who has done an admirable job as the play-by-play man here on the blog for both sports.
UPDATE: The UM hardballers split their Saturday double-header with Rutgers taking the first contest 4-2 and losing the nightcap 5-4.
In game one David Guiterrez was dominant on the mound for Miami allowing only one run over five innings. Kyle Bellamy closed out the game in his first appearence as the Canes closer. Miami was down one run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, when senior outfielder Jonathan Weislow (seen here) smacked a two-run single to center to give the 12th-ranked University of Miami baseball team the win.
The seven-inning contest remained close throughout as neither team led by more than a run until the deciding sixth. Miami (2-0) scored the first run of the game in third before Rutgers (0-2) plated two runs in the fifth. The 'Canes then came alive in the sixth to secure their second win of the series.
In game two Rutgers took advantage of several defensive errors to steal the game. Freshman Kevin Youst made his first career start for the `Canes and allowed just one earned run while walking one and striking out one in three innings of work. Fellow freshman Daniel Miranda, making his first career appearance at UM, had an effective relief outing in allowing just one run on one this while striking out three in three innings. Senior Rene Guerra suffered the loss in the final inning.
Canes catcher Yasmani Grandal, hit his second home run of the season in a pinch-hit appearence.
The Hurricanes entertain the Scarlett Knights again today at 1 PM in the last game of the four game, season opening series.