Miami's Jim Morris waves to the crowd at Mark Light Field during Saturday's ceremonies (Miami Athletics)

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Mark Light Field Bids Morris Adieu

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Perfectly imperfect.

Given what’s happened to the Miami Hurricanes’ program the past two seasons – their NCAA record of 44 consecutive years making the NCAA tournament was snapped in 2017, and 2018 has been worse overall — that’s the best possible description for the last home game of Jim Morris’ distinguished coaching career.

Morris, 68, is retiring after this season, and Saturday’s game against Boston College was set to be his final run at Mark Light Field, home of the Canes.

Except it wasn’t.

The game was rained out. That meant that Miami’s 4-3 win over BC on Friday was actually Morris’ last home game.

Miami made six errors in Friday’s win – six more than BC – but still won because of excellent pitching, including 11 strikeouts by Evan McKendry and a two-inning Houdini act from closer Frankie Bartow, who inherited a two-out, none-out mess in the eighth and somehow escaped unharmed.

On Saturday, more than 40 former players gathered to honor Morris, who was gifted with a dish to hold his two national championship rings from 1999 and 2001.


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