@CanesBase​ball Set for Rivalry Weekend

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami hosts UF this weekend.

Courtesy UM

GAME INFORMATION – GAMES 5-7
#11/16/17 MIAMI HURRICANES (2-2, 0-0 ACC) vs. #16/20/23 FLORIDA GATORS (4-1, 0-0 SEC)

Fri., Feb. 21, 2014 (7 p.m. ET) • Sat., Feb. 22, 2014 (7 p.m. ET) • Sun., Feb 23, 2014 (1 p.m. ET)
ESPN3 • Coral Gables, Fla. • Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field (4,999)

SERIES HISTORY
Miami leads the all-time series 124-109-1 and 77-44-1 at Mark Light Field … Florida has won the two matchups.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
ESPN3 •
Mike Levine, Play-by-PlayCharles Johnson, Analyst
WQAM 560 AM • Joe Zagacki, PXP
WVUM 90.5 FM • Friday: Will Gretsky, AJ Ricketts, Jorge SalasSaturday: Chris Wittyngham, Chip Brierre, Harry Kroll Sunday: Nate Foy, Oliver Redsten, Ryan Williams

RIVALRY RENEWED

  • The Miami Hurricanes continue their challenging start to the 2014  season with their annual weekend series against in-state rival Florida.
  • Miami dropped two of three in Gainesville, Fla., in 2013, winning the series opener 3-2 but dropping the next two games.
  • Miami holds the all-time advantage over Florida 124-109-1, including a 77-41 lead at Mark Light Field. The Gators carry a 68- 46-1 lead at Alfred McKethan Stadium.
  • Miami snapped its losing streak to the Gators with a 3-2 win in the 2013 series opener. David Thompson’s RBI single in the top of the ninth put Miami ahead, while AJ Salcines earned the save in relief.

STARTING OUT

  • Three freshmen were in head coach Jim Morris’ Opening Day lineup: first baseman Zack Collins, designated hitter Willie Abreu and second baseman Johnny Ruiz. Shortstop Laz Rivera and designated hitter Jacob Heyward have also earned starts in the early going.
  • Three Hurricanes pitchers made their career-first appearances in the team’s series win over Maine: righthander Bryan Garcia, lefthander Danny Garcia and righthander Cooper Hammond.
  • Four Hurricanes connected on their career-first basehits in Sunday’s finale against the Black Bears: Willie Abreu (double), Edgar Michelangeli (double), Laz Rivera (RBI single) and Brad Zunica (single). Johnny Ruiz connected on his first basehit in the team’s 5-2 loss to FAU Wednesday.
  • Miami starting pitchers combined to allow just two earned runs over 15 innings against Maine - one each from Chris Diaz and Andrew Suarez. Canes starters threw 27 strikeouts compared to just five walks.

CANES LEGENDS RECOGNIZED

  • Alex Fernandez and Mike Fiore will be among the seven-member Class of 2014 to be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Foundation announced.
  • Fernandez and Fiore join former head coach Ron Fraser (Class of 2006), assistant coach/player Skip Bertman (2006) and pitcher Neal Heaton (2008) as University of Miami inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Fernandez was named Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-American in 1989, where he won 15 games with a 2.01 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 147 innings. A four-year UM starter, Fiore set 12 UM career batting marks, including hits (341), runs (258), doubles (63), runs batted in (235) and total bases (506).
  • The 2014 class will be inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the annual Night of Champions event on June 28 in Lubbock, Texas.
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