University of Miami baseball coach Jim Morris was touting “lunch at The Light” when his Hurricanes played at noon in the super regionals last year.
This year he can throw in “Happy Hour.”
But Morris wasn’t particularly happy with the NCAA announcing Tuesday that UM’s best-of-three super-regional series against Boston College at Mark Light Field will open at 5 p.m. Friday and continue at noon Saturday, and, if necessary, noon Sunday.
Friday and Saturday’s games will be on ESPNU, with Sunday’s, if needed, on ESPNU or ESPN2.
“I don’t like it because we won’t draw as well,” Morris, always quick to thank UM’s loyal fan base, told the Miami Herald on Tuesday after practice. “It’s too hot and fans don’t like to come out as much at 12 O’Clock. And the 5 O’Clock people are working. In some of these college towns where there’s nothing to do and it’s not as hot as in Miami, it’s different…
“But at the same time, we’re used to the weather. That’s probably good. Maybe we’ll get the games in before we have thunderstorms. That’s good, too.”
In the end, as long as it gets his No. 3 national seed Canes to the College World Series, the coach with 1,533 Division I victories — 1,029 of them since coming to Miami in 1994 — will be just fine.
The Eagles (34-20), the No. 3 seed in the Oxford, Mississippi regional last weekend, will face the Hurricanes (48-11) for the first time since March 2014, when UM swept the three-game series. Miami is 18-6 all-time against BC.
The winners of the nation’s eight super regionals advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
BC is led by right-handed junior Justin Dunn, whose fastball reaches 98 mph and is 4-1 with a 1.49 ERA. Batters are hitting .208 against Dunn, who is expected to be chosen in the first half of the first round of the MLB Draft on Thursday.
“They’ve got really good pitching, play really good defense and they play hard,” Morris said. “They hit .265 as a team, but they’re a little bit similar to us. We’ve pitched and have gotten key hits and play good defense.”
Every game of the Coral Gables Regional for Miami was a heart-pounder, including UM’s 9-8 regional-clinching finale Sunday, won on a walkoff single by Randy Batista; and Saturday’s 4-3 win in 11 innings. Both games were against No. 3 regional seed Long Beach State.
Boston College beat No. 2 regional seed Tulane 6-3 on Sunday, No. 4 seed Utah 4-3 on Saturday and Tulane again 7-2 in Friday’s opener.
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▪ Baseball America named UM catcher Zack Collins a first-team All-American on Tuesday.