The Hurricanes keep rolling, this week rising to No. 2 in the Baseball America top 25 poll.
Miami (23-4, 10-2 ACC) was also ranked No. 2 in the Perfect Game poll. The Hurricanes checked in at No. 3 in the D1Baseball poll.
The Hurricanes have won 12 of their last 13 and 18 of their last 20. Zack Collins (.416, 6 HR, 31 RBI, .581 on-base percentage) continues to lead the way offensively. Michael Mediavilla (5-0, 2.75, 40 strikeouts, 16 walks in 39.1 innings) is emerging as a co-ace in his first year as a starter. No. 1 starter Thomas Woodrey (3-2, 4.89) is coming off arguably his best outing of the season, in which he allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings last Friday against North Carolina. Sunday starter Danny Garcia (4-2, 2.63) has been strong.
All-American closer Bryan Garcia and freshman right-hander Frankie Bartow have helped buoy a bullpen that has missed reliable sidewinder Cooper Hammond (forearm strain) for the last three weeks. “Hopefully we’ll get him back in two or three weeks,” UM coach Jim Morris said.
Miami has the ACC’s best record and ranks sixth in the ACC in batting average (.297), third in OBP (.402), fifth in ERA (3.49) and has made the fewest errors (19).
UM travels to Fort Myers to visit Florida Gulf Coast at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Between series at Notre Dame (Friday through Sunday) and Duke (April 15-17), it will play a home game next Wednesday, April 13 against UCF (6 p.m.)
In its last three weekend series, Miami has swept No. 17 Clemson and No. 9 UNC and taken two of three from No. 4 Louisville. One of UM’s hometown heroes, junior right fielder Willie Abreu, discussed that in this video: