In case the University of Miami didn’t get enough of Florida State in a regular-season finale series, the rivals will face each other Saturday afternoon in Durham, North Carolina, with much more at stake this time around.
The fourth-ranked and top-seeded Hurricanes (45-10) pulled off a late-inning rally on Thursday night to beat North Carolina State 8-7 in their second game at the ACC Baseball Championship to set up a showdown Saturday afternoon with the Seminoles in the Pool A bracket. The winner advances to the ACC title game on Sunday.
“For the last 50 years it has been a tremendous rivalry,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “It’s always an exciting game, a big game, an emotional game. It’s a fun game to play in.”
Well, this game surely was at the top of the charts in terms of excitement and drama, with Edgar Michelangeli — the team’s No. 9 hitter with just eight extra-base hits all season — providing a clutch, game-winning, three-run home run in the ninth inning after the Wolfpack had broken a 5-5 tie with a two-run shot by Chance Shepard in the bottom of the eighth.
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Michelangeli jumped on the first pitch from N.C. State reliever Tommy DeJuneas, hitting a towering blast that sent the Miami bench into a massive celebration.
Miami and fourth-seeded Florida State are both 2-0 in the round-robin tournament heading into their matchup. The Hurricanes won two of three against the Seminoles in Tallahassee last weekend.
For the third time in the history of University of Miami women’s tennis, a Hurricane is headed to the NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals in consecutive years.
Sinead Lohan, both ranked and seeded eighth, recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 35 Desirae Krawczyk of Arizona State in the Sweet 16 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus in Oklahoma.
The sophomore joins eight-time ITA All-American Ronni Reis and five-time ITA All-American Laura Vallverdu, currently Miami’s associate head coach, as the lone Hurricanes to reach the Elite Eight at least twice.
▪ Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas junior Kevin Crowley and his father and coach, Terry Crowley, were honored Friday as the state’s boys’ lacrosse Player and Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.
Crowley, a Hofstra University commitment, scored 50 goals and had 22 assists, to help his dad’s team go 19-0 and become Broward County’s first state lacrosse champion since it became an FHSAA sport.
▪ Miami Coral Reef had seven of its top athletes sign with colleges.
Swimmer Lindsay Manganiello signed with Florida Gulf Coast; cross-country runner Kaelyn Korovich signed with Meridith College; softball catcher Carolina Colli signed with Florida State College in Jacksonville; lacrosse standout Justin Telleria signed with Haverford; and baseball standouts Markel Arnaiz, Fernando Marquez and John Stathopulos all signed with Kishwaukee College.
ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ
Barry rowing’s bid to win a second consecutive national championship took a huge leap forward as both the Varsity 4 and 8 boats won their heat races to qualify for the Grand Finals on Sunday.
The Bucs’ Varsity 8 boat defeated No. 3 Humboldt State and archrival No. 5 Nova Southeastern with a time of 6:59.001. Humboldt State finished second with a time of 7:05.658. Nova finished in third with a time of 7:14.879. No. 1 Barry qualified for Sunday’s Grand Final, set to start at 1 p.m..
Humboldt State and Nova will compete in Saturday’s repechage at 1 p.m. They will race against No. 2 Central Oklahoma and No. 6 Mercyhurst in the repechage after those teams fell to No. 4 Western Washington.
In the Varsity 4 heat race, Barry defeated Mercyhurst with a time of 7:46.597. The Bucs will race against Central Oklahoma, winners of Heat B with a time of 7:49.045. The Grand Final is set to start at 12:24 p.m.