Just when you thought it was safe to come out of your warm winter hiding spot in unusually frigid South Florida in early March, it turns out that Old Man Winter has issued another arctic blast that has swept some vile, foul smelling North Florida trash with it into the 305. It just so happens that both the Gators and the 'Noles are in town this weekend for some winter sports action.
If small, hard balls are your thing, then stroll on over to Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Stadium for a three game series between the dreaded Florida Gators and your Miami Hurricanes this weekend. Miami stands at 6-1 on the season after bashing out 78 runs in sweeping three games from the boys from Joisey (Rutgers), taking two of three from the Uptown boys (Manhattan) and beating USF 15-2 on a cold, miserable, grey, windy Tuesday in Tampa.
The Hurricanes also played an exhibition game just for fun against the Florida Marlins in Jupiter on Wednesday. The Marlins had most of the "fun" however, beating the college boys 19-3 as Hanley Ramirez spanked a three run shot in the first inning and Marlins' starter Ricky Nolasco pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
UM aces Eric Erickson and Chris Hernandez are both undefeated and have looked dominant in the two games they have pitched this year. Erickson is scheduled to start Friday night with Hernandez slated for Saturday's contest, both at 7 PM. The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 PM.
If you like large, bouncing balls then find your way to the Bank United Center for a noon game on Saturday between the Seminoles and Hurricanes. Former UM and current FSU coach Leonard Hamilton brings his Seminole squad into the ACC match-up with a 21-8 (9-6 ACC) record and a decent shot at an ACC title and possible NCAA birth. FSU won this season's previous meeting over Miami in Tallahassee by the score of 71-65.
Miami (18-11, 4-11 ACC) comes into the contest led Head Coach Frank "Oh Ye Of Little Faith" Haith who has his Hurricanes firmly planted in the cellar of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami lost their most recent game to UNC in Chapel Hill by the score of 69-62 in spite of 29 points from Durand Scott. Leading scorer Dwayne "Coming in the Air Tonight" Collins and true freshman point guard Durand "Durand" Scott will now lead the Hurricanes in their final game of the 2009-10 season.
And if that's not enough, and small, soft, fury balls are your kind of thing, then waltz (yes waltz) on over to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center also at noon on Saturday to watch Miami and FSU men's tennis players whack around the little yellow balls in a tennis match pitting the 31st ranked Hurricanes against the 19th ranked Seminoles. The best part? Admission is free.