Tomorrow night in Boca Raton (literally translated: mouth of the rat) your 20th-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes will face the Owls of Florida Atlantic University in a college baseball showdown. Here are the quick stats and facts heading into tonight's contest in South Florida:
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Series: Miami leads, 51-10
Last Meeting: April 24, 2012. Miami won, 3-1 in Coral Gables.
Miami 3-0 (0-0 ACC) vs FAU 3-0 (0-0 Sun Belt)
The Pitching Matchup: Two freshmen southpaws will make their first collegiate starts Wednesday: for the Hurricanes, Lighthouse Point, Fla., native Thomas Woodrey (0-0, 0.00 ERA), and for FAU, Lake Worth, Fla., native Brandon Rhodes (0-0. 0.00 ERA).
The Series: The Hurricanes hold a 51-10 all-time advantage over the Owls, including eight of the last ten head-to-head contests. Miami swept their three games with FAU in 2012, including a 3-1 win last time out at Alex Rodriguez Park.
The Broadcast: WVUM 90.5 will carry Wednesday's game at FAU. Tune in via radio dial, or online at WVUM.org. Our friends Chris Wittyngham and Ernesto Suarez will be on the call.
The Coach: Jim Morris is in his 35th season as a head coach and 20th with the Miami Hurricanes. He has a 1,488-629-4 (.701) career record, including a 853-321-3 mark at Miami, where he has guided the team to two National Championships (1999, 2001).Opening Day Magic: After leading by three runs heading into the ninth inning, Hurricanes' closer AJ Salcines set up a tense situation by surrendering three runs and the Canes' lead. Garrett Kennedy would provide some needed ninth-inning magic, however, dropping a pinch-hit single into left field with bases loaded that plated Chris Barr and Dale Carey for the walk-off win.
2013 Recruiting Class Impresses: The Canes' incoming class was rated among the top groups nationwide by multiple publications. Miami's group of newcomers earned the first top 10 distinction from Baseball America since 2006, coming in at 10th-best in the nation. Collegiate Baseball ranked Miami's recruiting class ninth-best in the country. Eight Hurricanes made their debuts in the sweep of Rutgers: Chris Barr, Ricky Eusebio, Frank Grandinette, Alexander Hernandez, Grant Heyman, Brandon Lopez, David Thompson and Thomas Woodrey.
Starting Off Strong: Despite missing two top arms due to injury (Eric Whaley and Bryan Radziewski), the Hurricanes starters put on an impressive showing in their opening series with Rutgers. LHP Chris Diaz, RHP Javi Salas and LHP Andrew Suarez combined for 17 innings in three starts, and did not allow any earned runs.