The Missouri State Bears were unable to start their tournament run on the good foot as they dropped their opener versus the UCF Knights 2-1 on Friday. It was a game up for grabs, but missed opportunities from the Bears offense proved costly. While the Bears look to heal their wounds in the losers' bracket, they now have an unexpected opponent awaiting them on Saturday.
The Bears were to face the loser of Friday's second game, featuring top seeded Miami (36-21) and the No. 4 seed Stony Brook (46-11). In an upset, Stony Brook trounced Miami 10-2, thus placing the host and top-seed Hurricanes in an elimination game that starts at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. The Canes looked lethargic on Saturday, making the Seawolves look like world beaters. Miami's coach Jim Morris shared his sentiments after the game.
"This is the worst big game that the University of Miami has played in my entire coaching career - in all phases. I'm very sad to have watched the way we played the game tonight." -- UM head coach Jim Morris
The Bears will have to hop The U's bats stay asleep on Saturday, but a win keeps them in contention to make it out the regionals. Here's the pertinent information to stay locked in on the action.
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