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UM baseball ready for most important weekend series of season

 

sdegnan@miamiherald.com

The University of Miami baseball team, having lost five of its past six games, goes into arguably its most important weekend series of the season Friday when it plays host to No. 8 Florida State (25-4) at Alex Rodriguez Park.

The Friday opener begins at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday’s game at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s at noon.

With 24 games left before the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Durham, N.C., the Canes (20-12) have gotten neither clutch hitting nor adequate bullpen performances — except for stellar closer Eric Nedeljkovic — during an uninspired stretch.

UM’s team batting average of .259 is second worst in the conference, with FSU’s .285 in the middle at sixth best. The team ERA is 4.07 — third worst in the league, with FSU’s 2.62 third best.

“They’re having a great year, and we’re going to have to play well to beat them,’’ UM coach Jim Morris said. “We’re young and they’re questioning themselves a little bit. We’ve been struggling lately. We haven’t been scoring, haven’t been knocking runs in. …It puts a lot of pressure on our defense, puts pressure on everybody.’’

Winning this series “would be huge,’’ UM outfielder Chantz Mack said. “We’re definitely in a slump right now. It would be a great turnaround for the season.’’

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