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UM baseball coach Jim Morris raving about talented freshman class

 

Special to The Miami Herald

With the regular season just a couple of months away, University of Miami baseball coach Jim Morris has raved about his freshman class, including 6-4, 220-pound outfielder Grant Heyman and lefty pitcher Thomas Woodrey.

“He has upper-deck power,” Morris said of Heyman, who was Toronto’s 11th-round pick. “He hasn’t played that much baseball because he also played quarterback in football. But he’s talented.”

Morris said Woodrey has been the biggest surprise of camp.

“Guys have trouble picking the ball out of his hand,” Morris said. “His changeup is pretty good, but his (curve) has to get better.”

Elsewhere on the UM campus, forward Jasmine Paterson was named to the ACC women’s soccer All-Freshman team. She was tied for second on the Canes with seven points.

“She’s a special player,” Canes coach Tom Anagnost said. “She can do things most cannot.”

The Canes’ soccer team (9-7-4) was eliminated in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. The Canes led Central Florida 1-0 until allowing a goal in the 84th minute. UCF then won on penalty kicks.

Canes freshman Ally Andreini was the early hero with her first-half goal, her first since Aug. 24 and the first goal allowed by UCF in eight games.

But it was Andreini’s miss off the crossbar in the fourth round of PKs that proved decisive.

Still, the Canes had an eventful season that included an upset win over Florida State, which was top-ranked at the time. The Canes also reached the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and just the fifth time in program history.

The Canes graduate five seniors, all of whom started at least eight games. The biggest loss is probably Kate Howarth, who made second-team All-ACC in 2011 with 11 goals. She was held to just three goals this year, however.

The other seniors are Ali Brennan, a defender who led the team with eight points, Kim Hutchinson, Jordan Roseboro and Tina Romagnuolo.

FIU

The Panthers’ baseball team has some impressive freshmen of their own, including right-hander Alex Seibold, who led American Heritage to a state title last season.

Seibold has gotten bigger in the past year — from 6-1, 180 pounds to 6-3, 205 — and should be a factor right away.

With Michael Gomez (1-4, 3.76 ERA, 13 saves) returning as the closer, Seibold could fit as a starter or as part of a bullpen that also includes four newcomers: juniors Mitchell Davis and Maleko Galusha and freshmen Dillon Maya and Jason Morozowski. Galusha is also a rotation candidate.

Holdovers Albert Cardenas and John Caballero are also in the bullpen mix.

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The women’s soccer team made it to the NCAA South Region Tournament for the first time since 2005, losing in the first round, 1-0, to No. 21 Tampa. It was the first time all season that the Bucs had been shut out.

FLORIDA MEMORIAL

In men’s soccer, the seventh-seeded Lions (8-10) pulled off three straight upsets to win the Sun Conference postseason tournament.

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