When was the last time you could say that a Hurricane team was undefeated?
Well, UM baseball coach JIm Morris can. And Morris, who has won two National Championships at UM, is coaching up a storm with his new players and coaches in Coral Gables this season.
Here is coach Morris before the UM game against FAU:
After dispensing of the FAU Owls tonight in summary fashion tonight by the score of 10-5, Morris and his Miami Hurricanes are now headed towards the always tough Atlantic Coast Conference competition and an even more intruiging match-up with the hated and #1 ranked Florida Gators this weekend at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
Powered by an eight-run performance over the game’s first two innings, the eighth-ranked Miami Hurricanes moved to a perfect 8-0 on the season with a 10-5 win over visiting Florida Atlantic University.
Shortstop Michael Broad, who was riding a five-game hit streak into Wednesday’s match-up with the Owls, connected on his third career grand slam to put the Canes up 4-0 in the first inning.
Miami tacked on another four runs in the next frame, keyed by left-fielder Rony Rodriguez’s team-leading sixth double of the season. Rodriguez, who knocked in two runs on his double to centerfield, would cross home plate on Michael Broad’s fifth RBI of the night later in the inning.
Junior pitcher Steve Ewing (2-0) earned the victory for the second consecutive start with an impressive showing against a talented FAU offense. The Owls, who scored 23 runs over a three-game sweep of Alabama, struck out eight times and were held to only two runs in the lefty’s seven innings of work.
The Owls threatened late in the game, as Michael Sylvestri connected on a three-run homerun off freshman reliever Andrew Suarez to shrink the Canes’ lead to three runs. The Miami bullpen then managed to hold off the late surge, and the Canes won by a final score of 10-5.
Jim Morris has proven that he can win ACC titles (2008) and National Championships (1999 and 2001) at UM and as a result has earned UM fans' respect. Here is coach Morris after the FAU game talking about the team and his players:
And now, obviously energized with new assistant coach Gino DiMare on his staff, Morris knows that the sky is the limit for this 2012 Miami Hurricane baseball team.