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No.1 Florida 8, No.24 Miami 2: Crushing

Outclassed in every way, the Hurricanes are looking for answers.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Miami vs UC Santa Barbara Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes dropped to 2-4 after an embarrassing loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday.

The Hurricanes allowed the Gators to score in almost every way, walks followed by errors, hits, and even by hitting batters. Miami’s fielders were caught not paying attention countless times, and our hitters were way too passive at the plate.

Ever since I was a kid, Hurricanes Baseball, and baseball in general, have been my first loves. They were the things I cared about the most, I always loved football, but baseball season, that’s when my fun began.

In fact, I love Hurricanes baseball so much that I dedicate 5-10 hours every week to write about it for State of The U, they are my passion. The baseball team is one of the reasons why I want to go to the University of Miami so much.

Frankly, that passion can’t be found anywhere on the field or in the dugout. In the fourth inning I tweeted about how Miami appeared to care more tonight, that they seemed more energetic in the dugout. Although as soon as Florida took the lead that they wouldn’t relinquish, the dugout went quiet. It was silent for nearly the whole rest of the game.

Florida scored two runs because Alex Toral was caught sleeping at first base, countless batters watched three consecutive strikes at the plate and then marched back to the dugout. There’s just an all-around lack of leadership.

Honestly, it’s far past the time for change. Miami is now caught in an era where the roster is full of youth and inexperience because of years of a lack of recruiting success. Things need to happen, and quick if they want to save this season.

A lack of effort cannot be acceptable for this program. There are four national championship flags above Mark Light Field, and 44 pennants that each represent an NCAA tournament appearance. All you should have to do is look at the concourse to have inspiration if you play for the Hurricanes. It is unacceptable to constantly not put in the effort when you put the M on your chest, or wear a hat with The U emblazoned upon it.

Miami is now resting on the verge of being swept by their biggest rival for the second straight season, that should not be allowed to happen. This program gave us the Miami Maniac and The Grand Illusion. Ron Fraser put the College World Series on television near single-handedly.

I find it hard to express how disappointed I am, and as much as I love Jim Morris, it may be time for change. I am hopeful that things can change for the better under Gino DiMare. However, for the time being it is utterly crushing to see games like the one tonight. In fact, Jim Morris himself doesn’t deserve that in his final season.

I know you all came expecting a full recap, but I can’t find the words to write one. This is disappointing, and there’s no words to express how much so.

Game Info:

Winning Pitcher: Jackson Kowar (2-0, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K)

Losing Pitcher: Greg Veliz (0-1, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K)

Save: Jack Leftwich (1)

Box Score:

Next Game

Miami vs Florida Game 3

Date & Time: Sunday, February 25, 12:00 PM

Hurricanes Starter: Evan McKendry (0-1, 10.80 ERA)

Florida Starter: Tyler Dyson (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Television: ACC Network Extra

Radio: 790 The Ticket