The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Canes Prepare for Four Game Set

Earlier in the year this weekend's series between Oral Roberts and Miami promised to be one of the more intriguing non-conference matchups of the early/mid portion of the regular season. Unfortunately that promise doesn't seem to have held true.

In 2004, Oral Roberts went 47 - 11 in the regular season and had an RPI of about 70. They reached the post-season, but were unfortunate enough to draw #1 nationally seeded Texas, at UT's home ballpark for their regional. While they fared well in that regional (winning two games before bowing out to Texas in the championship round), their Omaha hopes died in Austin.

Expectations for the 2005 ORU team were still high. They were ranked in many pre-season publications. However their on field results have not lived up to those expectations to date this season. They enter this weekend's series with a record of 13 - 10, although that mark is boosted by 3 wins against non-division I opponents.

This series could come at a good time for the Canes. After winning their first two ACC series, the Canes dropped two games to topped ranked Georgia Tech last weekend. This weekend - with a four game set - could give the Canes a chance to "get right" as they head into the meat of the ACC schedule (with series against North Carolina and Florida State looming later in April).

Cesar Carillo will take the hill for the Canes at 7 tonight out at the Light. Be sure to be there!


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