The Hurricanes baseball team begins its season on Friday ranked the No. 16 in the nation by Baseball America and eyeing a return look to Omaha and the College World Series.
Here's a quick look at some of the players and storylines to watch out for this season.
Top returning players: P Chris Diaz, P Bryan Radziewski, P Andrew Suarez, P Javi Salas, 3B David Thompson, OF Dale Carey, C Garrett Kennedy
Big departures: OF Chantz Mack, P Eric Nedeljkovic, P Eric Whaley, OF Michael Broad, DH/C Alex San Juan
Key newcomers: 1B Zack Collins, OF Willie Abreu, OF Jacob Heyward, P Derik Beauprez
Outlook: Expectations are high for Miami after the Hurricanes were able to both keep their starting rotation intact and bring in one of the nation’s highest-rated recruiting classes. That combination helped Miami pick up multiple pre-season Top 20 rankings and has Hurricanes coach Jim Morris believing this group could get Miami back to the College World Series for the first time since 2008.
With Chris Diaz, Bryan Radziewski, Andrew Suarez and Javi Salas back, starting pitching likely won’t be an issue for Miami, but Morris acknowledges the Hurricanes will need relievers to develop in the bullpen. He’s confident that can happen.
“I feel with this club, if they keep working hard, which I know they are, and if they progress the way we hope they will, and they should, then we have a chance to go to Omaha,” Morris said. “That’s all you want, to put yourself in a position where the talent and the players and your coaching staff and everything surrounded in the program, gives [you] the chance to get to Omaha. If you get to Omaha, anything can happen.”
Feb. 14: Maine, 7 p.m.
Feb. 15: Maine, 7 p.m.
Feb. 16: Maine, noon
Feb. 19: FAU, 6 p.m.
Feb. 21: Florida, 7 p.m.
Feb. 22: Florida, 7 p.m.
Feb. 23: Florida, 1 p.m.
Feb. 28: At FSU, 4 p.m.
Mar. 1: At FSU, 2 p.m.
Mar. 2: At FSU, 1 p.m.
Mar. 4: Villanova, 6 p.m.
Mar. 5: Villanova, 6 p.m.
Mar. 7: Boston College, 7 p.m.
Mar. 8: Boston College, 7 p.m.
Mar. 9: Boston College, 1 p.m.
Mar. 11: Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m.
Mar. 12: At Stetson, 6 p.m.
Mar. 14: At Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.
Mar. 15: At Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 16: At Georgia Tech, 1 p.m.
Mar. 18: UCF, 6:00 p.m.
Mar. 19: At Florida Gulf Coast, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 22: Virginia, 7 p.m.
Mar. 23: Virginia, 7 p.m.
Mar. 24: Virginia, 7 p.m.
Mar. 26: Florida Gulf Coast, 6 p.m.
Mar. 28: At N.C. State, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 29: At N.C. State, 1 p.m.
Mar. 30: At N.C. State, 1 p.m.
Apr. 2: Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m.
Apr. 4: At Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 5: At Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.
Apr. 6: At Virginia Tech, 1 p.m.
Apr. 9: At UCF, 6:30
Apr. 11: Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Apr. 12: Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Apr. 13: Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Apr. 16: FAU, 6 p.m.
Apr. 19: Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Apr. 20: Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Apr. 21: Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Apr. 23: At FAU, 6:00 p.m.
Apr. 25: At Clemson, 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 26: At Clemson, 7 p.m.
Apr. 27: At Clemson, 1 p.m.
May 2: Alabama State, 7 p.m.
May 3: Alabama State, 7 p.m.
May 4: Alabama State, 1 p.m.
May 7: Florida Gulf Coast, 7 p.m.
May 9: At Duke, 6 p.m.
May 10: At Duke, 1 p.m.
May 11: At Duke, noon
May 15: North Carolina, 7:30
May 16: North Carolina, 7:30
May 17: North Carolina, noon
May 21-24: ACC Tournament (Greensboro, NC)
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