Miami at Florida. It's a grudge match. Miami hates Florida. They are still mad that Florida won't play them in football. They say UF is chicken. UF says Miami needs UF, UF does not need Miami. Why help them?
Miami views UF fans as snobs. UF fans view Miami fans as thugs. If you've ever spent any time in Miami, you'd understand why.
Miami has the four national titles. Florida has none. Don't think Miami fans let that fact go unsaid. Florida knocked UM out of the tournament last year. This not unusual. Normally one team knocks out the other.
These two face each other every year. Normally it's the first big series of the season. The winner lays down plenty of smack talk on the loser. There is no love lost between the Gators and the 'Canes. And with a trip to Omaha riding on it, this weekend series should be fun.
Since two bitter rivals normally won't play each other in football or basketball, baseball is the biggest sport these two meet in. This will be for some serious bragging rights. This is not your normal college baseball series. This is huge.
Florida will bring a team of good pitching and defense into the series. UF starters Alex Panteleodis, Hudson Randall and Brian Johnson have been outstanding all season. The defense is solid behind them. Nolan Fontana is a freshman phenom at shortstop. He has great range and rarely makes an error.
The Gator bullpen is phenomenal. UF is undefeated this year when leading after the 6th inning.
UF has also been swinging a hot bat in the tournament so far. They scored 32 runs in the three games at the regional last week. Tyler Thompson, who had two HRs all year, hit three in his last game.
Miami also has a player with a three HR game in the tournament. Scott Lawson hit three in a game against Texas A&M last weekend in Coral Gables. He came in to the tournament with five all year. He hit four last weekend. The Canes scored in double digits in all three of their wins.
It's a classic matchup of pitching vs. hitting. The big state school vs. the small private school. The inner city vs the country. Big brother vs. little brother. Orange and green vs. orange and blue.
This is going to be fun.
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