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College World Series - Miami Hurricanes vs UC Santa Barbara Gauchos: GameThread (2 PM ET, ESPNU)

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After dropping the CWS opener, Miami faces an elimination game vs UC Santa Barbara.

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UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (42-19-1, 13-11 Big West)

vs

Miami Hurricanes (50-13, 21-7 ACC)

Time: 2 PM Eastern

Location: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska

Television: ESPNU

Web Stream: ESPN3

Radio: WQAM

Official UCSB Twitter Feed: @UCSB_Baseball

Official Miami Twitter Feed: @CanesBaseball

Hashtags: #CWS #DriveFor5 #BeatSB #GoCanes

Well, Canes, it comes down to this. Every game until the CWS Finals, should we get there, is an elimination game. As one of just a handful of teams to win 50 games this season, Miami has the ability to put a run together and get to the Championship Series.

While 1 run was enough to beat UCSB in their opener, I doubt it will be enough today. The Canes offense will need to play like it did for most of the year, not that abysmal showing from Saturday night. Would help if the strike zone was consistent both ways, tho. (that’s all I’m saying about that).


2016 CWS results

Miami: lost opening game 5-1 to Arizona

UCSB: lost opening game 1-0 to Oklahoma State

Probable Starters

Miami: Danny Garcia (9-4, 3.48 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, .272 BA allowed)

UCSB: Noah Davis (6-4, 4.70 ERA) or Joe Record (6-5, 3.91 ERA)

Tale of the Tape (Entering CWS)

Miami UC Santa Barbara
Batting Average 0.300 0.260
Runs/Game 6.98 5.31
On-base % 0.402 0.353
Slugging % 0.432 0.372
ERA 3.60 3.75
BA against 0.252 0.262
K / 9 6.71 7.76
K / BB ratio 1.88 to 1 2.55 to 1
Fielding % 0.983 0.974

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Win and the season continues.

Lose and the season's over.

Let's hope this ride continues for another day.

Go Canes!!