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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Down the Stretch they Come...

College baseball's regular season is quickly winding to a close. In the ACC there are two weeks of regular season games left and the race at the top of the standings is very close. Georgia Tech, Miami, and North Carolina enter the week with six conference losses a piece. Georgia Tech holds the overall lead though, as they have the most wins (as Miami and UNC tied in one game, and UNC was rained out of two others). The winner of the regular season championship will probably come down to the wire.

Keep in mind though that the regular season champ doesn't really get anything, as the automatic berth in the NCAA tournament (which all three of those teams will find their way into anyway, even if it's as at large teams) goes to the conference tournament champion.

As always, I will take the opportunity here to pimp some Miami players: Starting pitcher Cesar Carillo continues to impress. He's now 11-0 on the season and 23-0 for his career (which is the 4th longest win streak in NCAA history). In games in which he has appeared (last year he started as a reliever), Miami is 33-0.

Third baseman Ryan Braun, who you'll see in the pros as an outfielder, also continues to impress. The junior, who is hitting .417, already has 15 home runs and 21 stolen bases - making him a legitimate candidate for 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, which in the college game (despite the aluminum bats) is about the equivalent of a 40-40 season in the majors. You just don't see it happen very often.


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