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Weather delays start of UM Hurricanes’ super regional game two hours

UM’s opening super regional game against Boston College was delayed by rain and lightning until 7:04 p.m. Friday
UM’s opening super regional game against Boston College was delayed by rain and lightning until 7:04 p.m. Friday sdegnan@miamiherald.com

After Coral Gables Regional games last weekend closed in on midnight, the Hurricanes finally got game times for their super regional that would ensure fans could get home at a reasonable hour.

The weather did not oblige.

Friday’s 5 p.m. game start for UM vs. Boston College was delayed two hours because of rain and lightning throughout the day. The grounds crew removed the tarp at about 5:30.

UM assistant coach Gino DiMare said during the late afternoon that no one wanted the starting pitchers to be interrupted after only a couple innings and then be unable to continue.

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On Thursday, with rain in the forecast, Boston College coach Mike Gambino was asked about the effect of rain on pitchers. BC pitcher Justin Dunn (4-1, 1.49 ERA), slated to pitch in Friday’s super regional, was drafted 19th overall by the Mets late Thursday night in the Major League Baseball draft.

UM ace Michael Mediavilla (10-1, 3.18), a sophomore, was scheduled to pitch for the Canes.

“I guess it depends on how long that delay is,’’ Gambino said. “It might be a different kind of precipitation this weekend than we tend to get in Boston, but weather’s not going to affect these boys.’’

SUNDAY SCENARIO

Should UM have to play a winner-take-all game Sunday, coach Jim Morris is hoping he can call on Jesse Lepore (9-0, 2.20) to take the mound against Boston College. But after Lepore exited Miami’s 9-8 win against Long Beach State in last weekend’s regional with shoulder tightness, Morris would not guarantee the sophomore righty’s status for the weekend.

 

Lepore also left an ACC tournament game with shoulder stiffness early in the seventh inning against Georgia Tech on May 25.

“I don’t know right now,’’ Morris said. “He’s taking some time off and doing some therapy and trying to get ready for that third game if necessary.’’

TEAM HITTING STREAK

Entering Friday’s game, dating to 1968, the Miami Hurricanes had gone 3,233 consecutive games without being no-hit. They made it 3,234 Friday in the second inning with a single by Willie Abreu.

UM shortstop Brandon Lopez has been a big part of that streak this season. Before Friday, Lopez, a senior, was second in the ACC with a .392 batting average. Known for his excellent fielding, Lopez had set a career-high in hits (76), doubles (13), home runs (2) and RBI (41). Lopez heard his name called in the draft by the Minnesota Twins in the 10th round — 303rd overall — about 30 minutes before Friday’s first pitch.

SAVES LEADER

Bryan Garcia, who was drafted Friday by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round — 175th overall — was not only UM’s career saves leader with 41 going into the super regional opener, he was the nation’s active leader.

Garcia, who had 16 saves this season, nonetheless gave up a rare game-tying home run last Saturday night with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth. The Canes went on to beat Long Beach State 4-3 in 11 innings before eliminating the Dirtbags the next night.

“As a closer, stuff like that happens,’’ Garcia told the Miami Herald this week. “I was pitching great and just left one pitch up — one bad pitch — and that’s all it takes. Fastball, I left it up. It was supposed to be low and away. It happens.’’

Miami Herald sportswriter Jordan McPherson contributed to this report

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