Your University of Miami baseball team rallied from behind once again on Wednesday night to beat Florida Gulf Coast University 5-2.
With their second consecutive mid-week victory the Hurricanes have now extended their winning streak to 10 games. On Tuesday night Miami dispatched of the University of Central Florida 4-1.
Last night the Hurricanes looked to be in trouble early-on as Florida Gulf Coast (12-10) scored two runs in the top of the third. But in the bottom of the fourth, Miami narrowed the Eagles lead as the speedy Zeke DeVoss doubled to lead off the inning, then stole third easily.
Then Harold Martinez continued his eight-game hit streak in which he has lived up to pre-season expectations by hitting .467 over the ‘Canes recent nine-game winning streak. Tonight at ARP at MLF H-Mart went 1-for-3 to drive in three runs and propeled the Miami Hurricanes (14-8) to another victory over yet another Florida rival.
The Hurricanes can now anticipate their big weekend conflict with ACC foe Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets visit Coral Gables as the only team besides Miami to have a perfect conference record so far this year. Tech comes into the weekend series riding the crest of a 13-game winning streak.
While the Hurricanes were beating up on a few Florida teams on the diamond the UM basketball team was traveling to Alabama for an Elite Eight match-up in the NIT. Miami hung tough with the Crimson Tide until the six minute mark of the second half when 'Bama opened up a 17 point lead.
That is when Frank Haith failed to call a time out try to break the Tide's momentum and the Hurricanes lost the game. Haith's team went further in the NIT than many thought they would, but some Miami fans are asking out loud if it was good enough.
The argument FOR Haith is that six of Miami's top eight players are either Freshmen or Sophomores. Those who support Haith say that he deserves one more year to see what he can do with this team of talented returning starters. They argue that Haith has recruited well and has gone to the post-season with the UM team in five of his seven seasons. And finally they say that he is a really sharp dresser.
The argument AGAINST Haith is that while he may be a good recruiter he lacks the ability to be anything more than an average coach. The Miami team lacks an identity. They are not a defensive team like FSU. They are not an offensive team like UNC or Duke. The Hurricanes are an inconsistent team that ebbs and flows in terms of performance and either gives up too many points on defense or throws up too many three point shots in desperation mode on offense.
In my role as Director and Editor at Canespace I talk to a LOT of Hurricane fans. I go to basketball, baseball and football games. I talk to lots of fans on the blog and via email from not only Miami or Florida or all over the United States but from all over the world.
In my recent contact with fans and in an informal, non-scientific poll it appears that approximately 6 out of 10 fans want Haith gone. We will see what the new AD at Miami decides to do when he is hired in the coming weeks.
My bet is that Haith WILL be back next year.
And I'm OK with that.