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Junior right-hander Tommy Mace held No. 1 Miami to one run in seven innings with eight strikeouts. (Mario Houben)

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Gators Outlast Top-Ranked Miami In Extra Innings

At The Ballpark

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Top-ranked Miami may not stay No. 1 for long.

The host Hurricanes, who lost an 11-inning, 2-1 battle against the second-ranked Florida Gators to open this huge series on Friday night, have a monumental task ahead of them if they hope to retain their rating this weekend.

On consecutive days, the Canes (4-1) will have to beat two elite arms – right-hander Jack Leftwich on Saturday night and, on Sunday afternoon, lefty Hunter Barco, who will make his first collegiate start.

Both of them are 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the Gators (6-0) so far this season. Barco was drafted in the 24th round last year, and he would’ve gone much higher had he not had such a high ask for his signing bonus.

Miami will counter with junior right-hander Chris McMahon (1-0, 3.00) and sophomore right-hander Slade Cecconi (1-0, 1.50). Cecconi’s fastball has reached 98 mph already this season.


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