Hurricanes Extend Their Postseason Streak

The sign over the University of Miami baseball dugout at Alex Rodriguez Park says “NCAA RECORD 40 STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENTS.”

Expect maintenance workers to change “40” to “41” any day now.

The Hurricanes — winners of national baseball titles in 1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001 — earned their 41st consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament Monday. That streak not only is the longest in college baseball, but also it ties Johns Hopkins lacrosse for the longest consecutive postseason berth for any sport in NCAA history.

The Canes (36-23), whose head coach Jim Morris is now at Duke University Hospital recovering from pneumonia, watched from their clubhouse as they were announced on ESPN as the No. 2 seed in the Louisville (Ky.) Regional. They will face No. 3 Oklahoma State (39-17) at 2 p.m. Friday.

Top-seeded Louisville (46-12) of the Big East will face No. 4 Bowling Green (24-29), the only team in the tournament with a losing record, at 6 p.m. Friday.

Should the Hurricanes win their double-elimination regional, they would face the winner of the Nashville regional, hosted by No. 2 national seed and top-ranked Vanderbilt (51-9). The eight super regional rounds will be played June 7-10.

Source: Susan Miller Degan, Miami Herald