Miami Baseball Enters Season Against Maine
Miami enters the 2014 season ranked among the 20 teams inevery major college baseball preseason poll. The Hurricanes wererated No. 13 inCollegiate Baseball Newspapers preseason rankings,No. 16 byBaseball Americaand No. 17 in theUSA Todaycoaches poll.
The Hurricanes pitching staff is expected to lead the way in 2014.Friday and Saturday night starters Chris Diaz (1.64 ERA) and BryanRadziewski (1.75) ranked second and third, respectively, in ERAamong all ACC pitchers in 2013.
Both Radziewski (29th round, St. Louis) and midweek starter JaviSalas (38th round, Minnesota) were selected in the 2013 MLB Draftbut opted to return to school. Also returning is junior lefthanderAndrew Suarez (3.95 ERA), who is expected to pitch on Sundays.
Joining the returning nucleus is a recruiting class ranked amongthe best nationwide. The group was rated No. 4 byCollegiate Baseballand No. 6 byBaseball America its highest ranking from the publicationsince 2006.
Four players from the recruiting class were selected in the2013 MLB Draft but opted to play
Miamis nonconference schedule opens with formidableweekend opposition: America East conference champions Maine, arivalry weekend against in-state foe Florida at Mark Light Field, and atrip to Tallahassee, Fla., for a rare nonconference series against theSeminoles.
The Hurricanes were one of six representatives from the ACC recognized in Baseball America's preseason top 25, joining Virginia (No.1), NC State (No. 5), Florida State (No. 6), Clemson (No. 13) and North Carolina (No. 17).
With a challenging slate of in-state opponents and a demandingconference schedule, Miamiended the 2013 season with the thirdtoughest strength of schedule of any team nationwide,accordingto WarrenNolan.com
The Miami Hurricanes open their highly anticipated 2014 baseballseason with a weekend series against the visiting Maine Black Bears.Miami has not played Maine in a three-game series since 1996but captured a 6-2 victory in a midweek matchup in 2013.
Miami has played Maine 73 times in program history, and boasts a61-12 advantage in the all-timeseries - including 20 straight winsoverall and 11 straight wins under head coach Jim Morris.
SOURCE: Miami Athletics