The University of Miami baseball team picked up three preseason top 20 rankings this week, and will enter the 2014 season ranked among the top 20 teams nationwide in every major college baseball poll.
The Hurricanes were rated No. 16 by Baseball America and No. 20 by Perfect Game in the preseason rankings from those publications released Monday afternoon. Miami added a No. 17 ranking in the USA Today Sports preseason Top 25 baseball coaches’ poll released Wednesday.
Miami was ranked No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in the publication’s 2014 preseason rankings released in December.
The Hurricanes return a number of key contributors from a team that finished 37-25 overall and earned the program’s college baseball-record 41st consecutive NCAA tournament berth in 2013. Joining the returning nucleus is a recruiting class ranked among the best nationwide. The group was rated No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 6 by Baseball America – its highest ranking from the publication since 2006.
Six teams from the ACC, the most in the nation from any conference, were ranked in the USA Today Sports coaches’ poll.
Miami will open the season with its annual preseason festivities, including the First Pitch Banquet (Feb. 6, 6 p.m.) and FanFest presented by First National Bank of South Miami (Feb. 8), which begins at 4 p.m. The annual Alumni Game, set to take place following the FanFest celebrations, begins at 7 p.m.
SOURCE: Miami Athletics