Eye of the Hurricane

March 19, 2008

Baseball–N.J.I.T. Preview

Filed under: Uncategorized — hcumphrey @ 4:18 pm

In Miami-related news, the baseball team will host the New Jersey Institute of Technology tonight at 7:00. N.J.I.T. has only won twice this season, and those wins were at the expense of Tennessee-Martin and Delaware State. Some obscure Hurricanes are likely to get innings tonight. N.J.I.T. is on a five-game losing streak and has an overall record of 2-11. Its opponents have outscored it 145-65. There is not much power in the Highlanders’ lineup. N.J.I.T. has hit six home runs thus far, but half of those are products of Mike Turner, a 6’1″ and 180 pound first baseman. He was M.V.P. of the 2006 E.C.A.C. Division II Tournament, which N.J.I.T. won. Last year was N.J.I.T.’s first year as a Division I team. N.J.I.T. has only stolen 12 bases this season, and a third of those were attained by Craig Binkiwiecz, a diminutive outfielder. The Highlanders’ pitching appears to be even weaker than its hitting, as only one pitcher has an E.R.A. below 4.00. Tonight’s game is likely to see a continuation of the phenomenal offense displayed last night by Miami in its 20-9 dismantling of Cornell, another sub-par team from a snowy clime. Sobolewski had six hits last night, and N.J.I.T. may inflate his batting average further. Finally, despite the underwhelming profile of tonight’s opponent, the university’s athletics website has obstinately placed a box in the upper-right corner counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the opening pitch.


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