Part II of back-to-back weekend whoppers for the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes (4-3) begins at 4 p.m. Friday, when the Canes face the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (6-0) in baseball at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee.
“I’d like to know who made this schedule?’’ UM coach Jim Morris said recently with only a slight grin, eliciting laughs from a group of reporters. “I’d like to think our first three weeks of our schedule is as tough as anybody’s in the country.”
The Canes passed their first big-series test last weekend at home against the Gators, winning the first two games and dropping the last — though their fielding has been sloppy (18 errors), and they have a .233 team batting average (next to last in the Atlantic Coast Conference).
UM’s 5-2 loss Wednesday against the Marlins in Jupiter was an exhibition. The Canes had six hits against the Marlins — three of them doubles by Dale Carey, David Thompson and Alex Hernandez.
UM was 0-for-15 at-bat with runners in scoring position against the Marlins, but there was one encouraging sign: freshman Zack Collins hit a home run in the ninth against Marlins lefty Grant Dayton, an 11th-round pick out of Auburn.
Collins, drafted in the 27th round by the Cincinnati Reds, has one official hit in 23 at-bats this season. That hit: a three-run homer to give UM the Saturday-night victory against Florida.
“It was pretty amazing,” Collins said. “I was 0-17 and every time I went up to the plate I thought, ‘This will be the time I get my first hit.’ Luckily, that was the situation to do it. It was an awesome feeling.”
Collins also used the word “awesome’’ to describe what he has heard the FSU environment will be like this weekend in a series that began in 1951, with FSU leading 145-122-4.
Since Miami joined the ACC, FSU leads the series 16-15. But because of conference realignment and scheduling, this series will not count toward ACC standings.
The Seminoles have won the last four regular-season series from Miami.
Pitching for Miami on Friday will be left-handed junior Chris Diaz (2-0, 3.00 ERA). FSU will start right-handed junior Luke Weaver (2-0, 2.45).
Friday and Saturday’s games will air live on ESPN3, and WVUM 90.5 FM will broadcast all three games.
Track and Field
UM’s quartet of Alaine Tate, Shannon Wright, Thandi Stewart and Lindsi Arrington ran a school record 11:35.75 in the distance meter relay on the opening day of the ACC Indoor Championships in Clemson, S.C. It was the only event the Canes participated in at the meet.