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22nd-Ranked Hurricanes Ready for Rivalry at No. 6 Florida

22nd-Ranked Hurricanes Ready for Rivalry at No. 6 Florida

THE MATCHUP

• The No. 22 Miami Hurricanes will square off with the sixth-ranked Florida Gators for the 44th consecutive season.

• The Hurricanes lead the all-time series over the Gators, 133-130-1. Miami won the last rivalry series in Gainesville in 2021.

• In the tightly contested 264-game rivalry, the two sides are separated by 16 runs, with the Gators holding the narrow edge. 

• Two of the most highly-touted right-handed pitchers in college baseball draw the start in the series opener Friday night,

when Miami sophomore Gage Ziehl (1-1, 11.57 ERA) opposes Florida fourth-year junior Brandon Sproat (2-0, 5.06 ERA).

MIAMI MASHERS

• As of March 2, the Hurricanes rank fourth nationally with 24 home runs, trailing only South Carolina (27), Wake Forest (26) and Florida (25).

• Miami has circled the bases in all nine games, totaling eight multi-homer performances along the way.

• The Hurricanes are on pace for 147 home runs during the regular season, which would set a program record.

• Eight different Hurricanes have left the yard, with junior third baseman Yohandy Morales blasting a team-best four round-trippers.

WEEKEND IN REVIEW: BREAK OUT THE BROOMS

• The Hurricanes picked up their first sweep of the year with a dominant showing against the Dartmouth Big Green.

• Across the three-game set, Miami mounted seven homers and outscored the Big Green, 35-9, capped off by a 20-2 rout Sunday.

• Overall, the Hurricanes hit .363 and totaled a 3.00 ERA over the weekend.

• Outfielders Zach Levenson and Edgardo Villegas each batted .500 in the series, while sophomore Dorian Gonzalez, Jr. and junior Carlos Perez both blasted a pair of home runs.

• Miami secured the series Saturday with its first shutout of the season. Right-handers Karson Ligon and Carlos Lequerica limited Dartmouth to just six hits in a 6-0 win.

• The Hurricanes claimed the opener with a 9-7 victory over the Big Green, behind a pair of round-trippers from Perez and first baseman CJ Kayfus.

• Junior closer Andrew Walters registered the final two outs to earn his first save of the campaign.

VETERANS HEADLINE WEEKEND ROTATION

  A trio of right-handers comprised the Hurricanes’ rotation the first two weeks. Junior Alejandro Rosario followed sophomores Gage Ziehl and Karson Ligon on the mound against Penn State and Dartmouth.

  Ziehl paced the Hurricanes with 30 appearances during his debut season in 2022. The Penfield, N.Y., native went 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA over 35.2 innings. He tallied 52 strikeouts and held opponents to a .209 batting average.

  An ACC All-Freshman Team honoree a year ago, Ligon made 15 starts in his rookie campaign. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound hurler posted a 6-6 mark with a 4.90 ERA and 67 strikeouts across 75 1/3 innings pitched. 

  Rosario, who is considered one of the top-pitching prospects in the upcoming MLB First-Year Player Draft, has earned 25 starts over his college career. The flame-thrower has tossed 137 career innings, including 60 frames last season.