Canes Baseball Ranked in Top 15
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami baseball program remained in the top 15 in every major collegiate baseball poll released Monday.
The Hurricanes (4-3) are ranked highest by Baseball America, coming in at No. 6 in their top 25. Miami is also in the top 10 in D1 Baseball’s poll, ranked No. 7, and sits at No. 10 in the NCBWA poll. Additionally, the Canes also check in at No. 11 in the Perfect Game top 25 and are No. 13 in Collegiate Baseball’s poll.
The Hurricanes went 1-3 last week, dominating Kent State in a 12-0 victory on Wednesday before dropping three tight games to rival Florida over the weekend.
A career day by Tony Jenkins and an outstanding showing by Miami’s pitchers helped the Hurricanes roll past Kent State. Jenkins finished the night 2-for-2 with a career-high-tying four RBI, while Miami’s pitchers combined to throw the first shutout of the season for the Canes.
It took extra innings to decide each of the first two games between the Hurricanes and Gators over the weekend. Miami starter Brian Van Belle threw seven strong innings on Friday night, allowing one unearned run on four hits while striking out nine batters, but the Canes fell short, 2-1, in 11 innings.
A day later, Miami was a strike away from evening the series, but Florida tied the game in the top of the ninth and pulled away to a 7-4 victory in 10 innings. Sunday’s finale went to Florida, 5-3, despite the Canes making a late push to get within a run after eight innings.
The Hurricanes return to action Wednesday, Feb. 26, when Miami hosts USF in a midweek matchup. First pitch between the Canes and Bulls is set for 3 p.m. For tickets, click HERE or call 305-284-CANE.