2010 Gainesville Super Regional

Capsules by Barrett Neale, Michael Perry, Matt Mullen, Andrew Woods, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


3. Florida Gators

Gainesville, Florida

At-large bid from SEC, Won Gainesville Regional

2010 record: 22-8, 45-15 (first in SEC East)

Head coach: Kevin O'Sullivan (Virginia, 1991)

Record at school: 121-61, 3 years

Overall record: 121-61, 3 years

Assistant coaches: Brad Weitzel, Craig Bell, Don Norris

Team offense: .303 BA, 420 R, 80 HR, .487 SLG%, .384 OBP, 92-125 SB

Team pitching: 4.02 ERA, 529 IP, 563 H, 129 BB, 421 K

Top hitters: Matt den Dekker (.361/13/48/23-29 SB), Preston Tucker (.345/11/46/16 2B), Austin Maddox (.339/17/68/15 2B), Nolan Fontana (.287/3/23/14 2B), Mike Zunino (.280/9/39), Josh Adams (.234/8/41/12 2B)

Top pitchers: Kevin Chapman (3-0, 11 SV, 1.28 ERA, 42.1 IP, 27 H, 7 BB, 42 K), Hudson Randall (8-3, 2.97 ERA, 88 IP, 95 H, 19 BB, 63 K), Alex Panteliodis (10-2, 3.39 ERA, 87.2 IP, 78 H, 21 BB, 68 K), Jeff Barfield (4-0, 2 SV, 3.44 ERA, 34 IP, 27 H, 2 BB, 22 K), Brian Johnson (6-4, 3.97 ERA, 70.1 IP, 82 H, 14 BB, 48 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Gainesville Regional, 0-2 in Gainesville Super Regional)

Notes: The Gators are making their fourth Super Regional appearance. Florida was 0-2 at Miami (Fla.) in 2004, 2-0 at home against Florida State in 2005 and 0-2 a season ago at home against Southern Miss. The Gators are looking for their first national title. UF was runner-up in 2005, falling to Texas in the championship series. The Gators are 31-3 at home this season. Matt den Dekker, drafted in the 16th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009, was a .293 career hitter before returning this year. He was taken in the fifth round by the New York Mets this week. Preston Tucker was the NCBWA freshman hitter of the year last year, the first Gator to ever win the honor. Freshman catcher Austin Maddox might not win it this year, but he leads the team in homers, RBI and slugging percentage. Lefty closer Kevin Chapman was a high school teammate of den Dekker; opponents hit .179 off him and have only six extra-base hits in 151 at-bats. Freshman Brian Johnson was a 27th round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers and has provided the Gators with innings and key at-bats. The combo of freshman Hudson Randall and sophomore Alex Panteliodis has combined for 40 walks and 131 strikeouts in 176 innings.


Miami Hurricanes

Miami, Florida

At-large bid from ACC, Won Coral Gables Regional

2010 record: 20-11, 43-18 (third in Coastal Division)

Head coach: Jim Morris (Elon, 1973)

Record at school: 776-296-3, 17 years

Overall record: 1,411-581-4, 32 years

Assistant coaches: J.D. Arteaga, Joe Mercadante, Roger Tomas

Team offense: .298 BA, 473 R, 104 HR, .523 SLG%, .393 OB%, 103-132 SB

Team pitching: 3.75 ERA, 549.2 IP, 511 H, 200 BB, 542 K

Top hitters: Yasmani Grandal (.411/14/58/24 2B/.729 SLG%), Chris Pelaez (.314/11/53), Nathan Melendres (.305/8/32/14-19 SB), Scott Lawson (.303/9/46/15 2B), Harold Martinez (.298/21/69/.605 SLG%), Frankie Ratcliff (.277/6/29), Stephen Perez (.261/8/38/24-28 SB), Zeke DeVoss (.259/9/33/24-28 SB)

Top pitchers: E.J. Encinosa (1-1, 2.20, 49 IP, 32 H, 23 BB, 61 K), Eric Erickson (4-1, 2.52, 53.2 IP, 48 H, 6 BB, 47 K), Chris Hernandez (10-3, 2.77, 97.1 IP, 84 H, 32 BB, 106 K), Daniel Miranda (5-2, 5 SV, 3.35, 45.2 IP, 37 H, 12 BB, 57 K), Eric Whaley (5-1, 4.28, 48.1 IP, 46 H, 17 BB, 51 K) David Gutierrez (5-2, 5 SV, 5.12, 58 IP, 64 H, 25 BB, 53 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (2-2 at Gainesville Regional)

Notes: This is Miami’s 38th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, which is the longest active streak in the nation. The Hurricanes are making their 10th appearance in a Super Regional which ties Florida State and Cal State Fullerton for the highest number. In its most-recent appearance, Miami took two of three at home from Arizona in 2008. The Hurricanes have played in the CWS 11 times during coach Jim Morris’ tenure, and he set an NCAA record by taking his team to Omaha his first six years on the job. The program has four national titles – 1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001 – which is tied for fifth among Division I teams for the most championships (USC has 12, LSU and Texas have six, Arizona State has five and Cal State Fullerton has four). Junior catcher Yasmani Grandal, who played on the 2009 USA Baseball National Team, was named the ACC Player of the Year. Junior pitcher Chris Hernandez made the All-ACC First Team with Grandal, and both are on the 50-player Golden Spikes Award Watch List. Three Hurricanes were named to the All-ACC Second Team: senior first baseman Scott Lawson, sophomore third baseman Harold Martinez and sophomore relief pitcher Daniel Miranda. The team’s talent is predominantly home-grown, with 16 players on the 31-man roster listing Miami as their hometown, and 11 more coming from other areas of Florida.