Johnny Ruiz (right) and Randy Batista will lead the Hurricanes against FIU (Richard Lewis/Miami Athletics)


FIU-Miami Rivalry Renews


MIAMI – It was this past June 28, and Mervyl Melendez hadn’t even finished his first day as Florida International’s new coach when he got a call from his crosstown counterpart, Jim Morris of the Miami Hurricanes.

“He reached out to me shortly after my press conference and said, ‘Mervyl, we’re going to play.’

“I said, ‘I agree.’ I really had no idea they hadn’t played.”

Indeed, for the first time since 2008, one of college baseball’s most interesting — yet one-sided – intra-city series is back.

FIU will host Miami today – the first of four meetings for these two programs separated by just eight miles.

The teams stopped playing because former FIU coach Turtle Thomas had a falling out with Morris.

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