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Baseball Set for Game Two with Columbia

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 03/18/2013
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Miami vs. Columbia
March 19-20, 2013
Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field | Coral Gables, Fla.
Tue: 6 p.m | Wed: 6 p.m

TV: Canes All-Access (all three games)
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM 

Twitter:  @CanesBaseball
Facebook: /TheUBaseball

Series History: First meeting between two programs

Miami 15-7 (2-4 ACC)
Roster | Coaches | Schedule & Results | Stats 

Columbia 2-8 (0-0 Ivy)
Roster | Coaches | Schedule & Results | Stats


The Games
The Miami Hurricanes will open a six-game homestand Tuesday when visiting Columbia University arrives for a midweek set. First pitch for both games is set for 6 p.m. from Alex Rodriguez Park.

Projected Starters
TuesdaySR RHP Eric Whaley (0-1, 12.15 ERA)
WednesdayJR LHP Bryan Radziewski (2-0, 0.71 ERA) 

The Broadcasts
WVUM 90.5 will carry both games against the Lions beginning at 6 p.m.  

A live video stream will be available at first pitch for each of this weekend's games through HurricaneSports.com. For more information, click HERE.

The Coach
Jim Morris is in his 34th season as a head coach and 20th with the Miami Hurricanes. He has a 1,500-636-4 (.702) career record, including a 865-328-3 mark at Miami, where he has guided the team to two National Championships (1999, 2001).

 

HOME SWEET HOME...
• After dropping its weekend series with No. 1 North Carolina on the road, the Miami Hurricanes will open up a six-game homestand Tuesday with a midweek set against visiting Columbia.
• The Hurricanes boast an impressive 12-3 record inside the friendly confines of Alex Rodriguez Park, including a 5-1 mark in midweek contests played in Coral Gables.
• Miami is hitting an impressive .296 as a team at home, led by junior Brad Fieger (.408, 15 RBI's), junior Alex Hernandez (.373, 14 runs) and senior Alex San Juan (.357, seven RBI's).
• Southpaw Bryan Radziewski, slated to start Wednesday's game two, has a 19:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his three starts at A-Rod Park this season. 


HEATING UP...
• Senior Alex San Juan is hitting a team-best .462 over the past five games, and reached base seven times against UNC - the most of any player.
• Since being inserted into the starting lineup March 10, freshman Christopher Barr has team-best totals of eight hits, eight walks and seven runs scored over a span of six games.
• Senior reliever Eric Nedeljkovic has not allowed a run in nine appearances this season, and has struck out 12 batters in 11.1 innings. 


QUALITY AND QUANTITY...
• Head coach Jim Morris and his staff have received nine quality starts from their pitching staff in 22 games this season.
• Sophomore Andrew Suarez delivered back-to-back quality starts against Duke (March 10) and UNC (March 17), and ranks 17th in the ACC with a 2.73 ERA.
• Freshman LHP Thomas Woodrey went eight innings against Maine in his most recent midweek start (March 5), the deepest any pitcher has gone this season.
• Sophomore LHP Chris Diaz has delivered four quality startsin five opportunities in 2013, and tied a career-best with seven innings in a series-opening win over No. 1 UNC (March 15).


SCOUTING THE LIONS...
• Columbia is off to a slow start in 2013, with a record of only 2-8 through its first 10 games.
• Though the Lions' season mark is under. 500, their two wins came over reigning national champions Arizona (March 9, 8-4) and this past weekend against UCF (March 16, 5-4).
• Offensively, Columbia is powered by junior infielder Aaron Silbar (.333 AVG, 12 hits), senior Alex Black (.273, six RBI's) and junior Jordan Serena (10 runs scored, four doubles).
• On the hill, Columbia has been led starters David Speer (3.50 ERA) and senior Tim Giel (team-best 16 strikeouts). 

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