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Foley’s Quick Hits for Feb. 23rd

It was a great day on Wednesday with Assistant Editor Mark Rafferty doing his first interview since joining the staff full-time last year. You can check out the full interview with the Pulse Network by clicking here. It was a slow night in College Baseball with only six ranked squads in action and only one of them losing.

  • All last year, I kept hearing that the Miami Hurricanes were not as good as their record indicated. Another year goes by and the Hurricanes are 2-2 heading into their weekend series against Appalachian State. The Canes ended up going 2-1 against a middle of the road Big East squad Rutgers as they split the first two games both in extra innings while taking the series on Sunday against the Scarlet Knights. On Wednesday night, they struggled again losing to FAU by a score of 7-4. So what is the problem in Coral Gables? Coach Morris should be able to open his door and find some of the best players in the country to head to the U as South Florida has some of the best high school talent in the country. Since the great team in 2008 lead by Yonder Alonso and a great pitching staff headlined by Chris Hernandez who went 11-0 with a 2.72 ERA, they have struggled to get back to the same level. In 2009, they were eliminated in the Regional Round at Florida while last season they won the Coral Gables Regional before losing to the Gators again this time in the Super Regional round. Hopefully, the Canes start turning it around as they have a very young team but they  always have some of the most passionate fan bases in the country.
  • Georgia Tech broke a two game losing streak by defeating Georgia Southern 7-4 behind a great hitting performance from freshman Daniel Palka went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Freshman Kyle Wren also had a strong game going 3-5 as he is now hitting .429 for the year with four RBI.
  • Rice bounced back from a tough loss to Lamar by defeating Texas State 11-10 behind Jeremy Rathjen’s 2-5 five RBI performance. The game really wasn’t as close as the final score indicated as reliever J.T. Chargois struggled to say the least as he give up five runs on two hits while walking three batters in the bottom of the ninth.

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