Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sigh of Relief from Hurricane Baseball Nation

Jay had a nice recap below of what transpired in Boca Raton last night, but I want to let out an enormous sigh of relief on behalf of Hurricanes Baseball fans everywhere on account of the cardiac special served up by UM and FAU, as UM snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and vanquished the Owls, 12-10. FAU was actually in control for the most of the game (up 10-3 in the 5th inning) and it took a frantic comeback in the 9th with two outs and Miami down 10-9. UM wins the season series 2-1 (to say "barely" would be a monumental understatement).

My hat is off to FAU - fabulous hitters all and a gutsy group of players that embrace rather than shrink from the challenge of taking on the number #1 team in the land and punching them in the mouth. Fortunately, however, the Canes aren't much into shrinking from challenges either. The quality experience in the clutch from Jemile Weeks and Yonder Alonso were the difference in this game, and the reason that the Canes are 31-3 and blowing into Tallahassee with renewed fervor and confidence for an must-watch series with #2 FSU. It is games like last night's which test a team's character, and it cannot be said that Miami's character is wanting, and this baptism by fire courtesy of Florida Atlantic will prove to be invaluable heading into the postseason.