Miami baseball team to add extra security

Updated: April 18, 2007, 10:59 AM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami's baseball team will travel to Virginia Tech this weekend as scheduled, though it'll be with additional security.

Speaking one day after a gunman killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus before shooting himself -- the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history -- Miami coach Jim Morris said Tuesday that he doesn't believe his team will be in an unsafe environment but is adding extra protection to put his players' minds at ease.

"I just want our guys to feel comfortable," Morris said.

Morris called Virginia Tech coach Peter Hughes on Tuesday to offer his condolences.

"They want to try to get everything back to normalcy as soon as possible on campus," Morris said. "There is more security on campus than the rest of state of Virginia right now."

Miami's players aren't certain what to expect on this trip.

"It could be a down game or they could want to lift up the school and want to play hard," said Scott Maine, who's expected to be the Hurricanes' starting pitcher when the series opens Friday. "Who knows? It is so soon from that event."

The shootings were especially horrifying for Miami outfielder Jonathan Weislow, a freshman from Vienna, Va., who knows several Virginia Tech students.

"All of my friends from high school went there so I immediately starting thinking if my friends were OK," Weislow said. "Everyone that I talked to was just panicking and said it was just unreal."

The Hurricanes will be wearing black armbands in memory of the victims.

"Everyone will be thinking about it," Morris said. "There is no question about that."


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