Baseball: Miami Hurricanes remain No. 1 nationally

After snapping a 12-game winning streak in Durham, N.C., the Hurricanes got back to winning — and stayed on top in the polls.

First baseman Chris Barr. (Getty Images)

First baseman Chris Barr. (Getty Images)

They were ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America top 25 on Monday, earning the honor for the second week in a row.

Miami (29-5, 13-3 ACC) beat Duke 9-0 on Sunday, taking their seventh weekend series in a row. UM’s only series loss of the year was in February to then-No. 1 Florida.

UM, which has won 24 of its last 27, has a five-game lead over No. 16 North Carolina and Virginia, both of whom are 9-9 in conference play. Virginia (23-15 overall) visits Coral Gables for a three-game series that begins Friday.

Miami may have first baseman Chris Barr for that set. Barr, from Royal Palm Beach, sustained a pulled hamstring last Friday. He will be evaluated Tuesday, a UM source said. Relief ace Cooper Hammond, who has been out since March 8 with a forearm strain, is nearing a return but will not pitch in games this week.

The Hurricanes host No. 21 FAU at 6 p.m. Wednesday.  The Owls (25-8, 11-4 Conference USA) bookend an eight-game homestand that includes UVa and Florida A&M (April 29-May 1). The FAU rematch is May 4.


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