Eye of the Hurricane

April 10, 2008

Losing to FAU not all that bad

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonemoss @ 9:13 am

Granted, the #1 baseball team in the country should not be losing at home to anyone, let alone Florida Atlantic. But last night’s game should not be a red flag for the rest of the season and it definitely should not send Miami baseball fans into fits of rage questioning the team’s legitimacy. Having covered the game last night, I had a chance to talk with Coach Morris after the game, as well as some of the players. Morris, understandably, wasn’t happy with his team’s performance, but, as all good coaches and managers should, he refrained from getting too emotional. He and the players–especially Jemile Weeks–know that it’s baseball, and you can’t win every game, especially when the opposing pitcher has his good stuff. No team, regardless of its talent level or its competition, is going to score 17 or 12 or 20 runs every game; sometimes they’re just going to get beat.

Yonder Alonso had an interesting and unique take on the loss, saying that it may not have been too bad at all to lose a game like FAU before their road trip, and that they’ll now be able to focus better on ACC play.

All in all, Miami is still one of the best–if not THE best–team in the country, and one loss to Florida Atlantic won’t change that. The team and fans all know that this road trip will define their season and will tell them, and us, if they’re good enough to win the College World Series or just good enough to get there.


1 Comment »

  1. “Let alone” Florida Atlantic?

    Let me enlighten you:

    “Florida Atlantic Baseball fielded its first squad in 1981. Kevin Cooney has been the Florida Atlantic head baseball coach since 1988, and entering his 20th season this year, has built a mid-major dynasty in the baseball world. University of Cincinnati head coach, Brian Cleary, called FAU “one of the country’s best baseball programs,” and added, “it’s been an incredibly successful program over the last several years.”

    20 years of Coach Cooney at FAU:

    8 Regionals (1985, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
    1 Super Regional (2002)
    2 Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Championships (2003, 1999)
    1 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship (2004)
    NCAA record of 34 consecutive wins (Feb. 19, 1999 – Mar. 16, 1999)
    290 student-athletes baseball scholarships
    10 All-Americans
    7 Freshmen All-Americans
    67 players sign professionally
    4 players reach the majors

    Coach Cooney won his 800th career game on March 15, 2006, when FAU played Columbia. At FAU, Cooney has won more than 680 games.”

    Fact is, the University of Miami lost to a great baseball team. And if they’re not careful, they’re going to lose to FAU again on Wednesday night.

    Comment by Boca Bball Fan — April 13, 2008 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

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