Sunday, May 25, 2008

2nd Ranked Canes Take Home ACC Crown

The Canes baseball team rebounded from a disappointing season ending loss to the top ranked Tar Heels by beating all comers to win their first ACC title with an 8-4 win over UVA today.

Miami had been given the #1 seed and easily routed Clemson 8-1, before needing a late 9th inning rally to top Georgia Tech 15-12.

The ensuing game was a close 5-2 victory over NC State that featured a refreshing 7 scoreless innings from starter Enrique Garcia and a 3 run shot from 2B Jemile Weeks. The win propelled Miami to what was today's title game against Virginia that was never really in doubt.

Clinching the title should give Miami all the confidence it needs heading into the College World Series, which starts on Friday. They've already been selected to host a regional for the 22nd time in school history, and we will find out who our 3 opponents will be tomorrow afternoon.

It is safe to say that for this team, it is title or bust. They have as much pro-level talent on this team as any other in the country, if not the most. The starting staff has been solid, with freshman Chris Hernandez being spectacular all season. The bullpen has had up and downs but is a strong point of this team and there is no weakness in the lineup. I fully expect Miami to contend for the National Title, if not outright win it.

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