Eye of the Hurricane

February 19, 2010

Tennis and baseball opening night

Sophomore Ignacio Taboada picked up wins in both singles and doubles to lead No. 31 Miami to a 6-1 victory over Stetson Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The Hurricanes (3-2) played their first match in 12 days and picked up their second straight win by taking the doubles point and five of six singles matches against the Hatters (2-2).

Taboada, who played in the fifth position, beat junior Alex Hackett, 6-3, 6-4, and improved to 5-1 on the season.

Miami faces Central Florida (2-1) Sunday at noon at Moore Park (765 NW 35th St.) in Miami.

It will mark the second straight year that the Canes host a team away from the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The partnership with the Greater Miami Tennis Education Center promotes tennis to socially and economically challenged youth.

Singles

1. #90 Carl Sundberg (UM) def. Maksim Levanovich (STETSON) 7-6, 6-4
2. Christian Blocker (UM) def. Mark Mestan (STETSON) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
3. Keith Crowley (UM) def. Didrik Berg (STETSON) 6-4, 6-3
4. Cesare Gallo (STETSON) def. Waylon Chin (UM) 6-4, 7-6
5. Taboada (UM) def. Hackett (STETSON) 6-3, 6-4
6. David Simon (UM) def. Njal Stene (STETSON) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles

1. Blocker/Simon (UM) def. Berg/Chris Swanteson (STETSON) 8-5
2. Crowley/Hector Nieto (UM) def. Levanovich/Gallo (STETSON) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Sundberg/Taboada (UM) def. Mestan/Stene (STETSON) 8-3

Junior catcher Yasmani Grandal heads to the plate for an at-bat during the eighth inning.BASEBALL

Last night’s panel was a success. Though the turnout wasn’t the best, junior catcher Yasmani Grandal, junior left-handed starter Chris Hernandez and senior right-handed closer David Gutierrez loosened up.

Things that we learned before the rest of the media:

  • There are no names on the back of the jerseys. The idea came to head coach Jim Morris during last season’s preseason banquet when former Hurricane and current Boston Red Sox scout Laz Gutierrez said “play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back.”
  • The trio’s favorite milkshake at Home Plate Creamery is Oreo.
  • Grandal promised to eat lunch at the Rathskeller for the first time as a pregame meal. No word on whether he did. I will ask him in the press conference afterwards.
  • Grandal also said that the guys wanted to bring back David Guetta’s “Love is Gone” a la 2008’s team. The players did not perform it, but started a new clap for David Villasuso’s batting song.

On another note, during baseball media day I asked Morris whether the team’s chemistry was back after missing last season. Lo and behold, look who decided to write a blog about it!

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