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Baseball Announces Fall Game Against Florida Atlantic

Baseball Announces Fall Game Against Florida Atlantic

by Josh White

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head baseball coach Gino DiMare announced Tuesday a fall matchup against the Florida Atlantic Owls.

“After last fall’s scrimmage was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are happy to have the opportunity once again to play FAU,” DiMare said. “This game allows our players to get that game-like experience that you don’t quite feel playing intrasquad games amongst yourselves. It’s the closest simulation to a regular-season game that we will get to play before the spring season starts. We are playing at FAU this year, which will also help our younger players get a taste of what a road game routine looks and feels like. For our coaching staff, it’s another tool to evaluate our players outside the normal practice and scrimmage days.”

The Hurricanes will travel to face the Owls at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at FAU Baseball Stadium. It will mark the third time in the last four years the two programs meet in the fall, as Miami beat FAU, 12-4, in a scheduled 12-inning contest on Oct. 27, 2018, and 7-4 on Oct. 26, 2019. This will serve as the Hurricanes’ lone game against another university in the fall, but the Canes will participate in the annual Orange and Green World Series across the final weekend of October.

DiMare returns for his fourth season at the helm of the Miami baseball program after leading the Hurricanes to consecutive postseason appearances. The Canes earned the 47th NCAA tournament berth in program history in 2021, competing in the Gainesville Regional.

The Hurricanes went 20-15 in ACC play, winning seven conference series and posting their most conference victories since 2016.

Five Canes earned All-ACC honors, including returners Carson Palmquist and Yohandy Morales. Both Palmquist and Morales were two of 12 players picked for the 2021 ACC All-Freshman Team.

Palmquist, who finished the 2021 campaign with an ACC-leading 14 saves that ranked third nationally, received a litany of awards after his first full season. The left-handed pitcher was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, NCBWA and was joined by Morales on Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Freshman All-America Team. Palmquist was also named a first-team All-American by the NCBWA and Perfect Game, while he earned second-team honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball, and a third-team selection by the ABCA. Palmquist was also named to the ABCA Southeast All-Region first team. After posting a 2.22 ERA, allowing just 11 earned runs over 25 appearances, Palmquist was also selected to represent his country this past summer as a member of USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.

Morales proved to be one of the top freshmen in the ACC in his debut season. The infielder led the Hurricanes with 13 doubles, 11 home runs, 45 RBI and 13 multi-RBI games. The Miami native, who started all 53 games he played, was named to the All-Gainesville Regional team after leading the Canes with a .444 average (4-for-9) with a homer and 2 RBI over three NCAA tournament games.

The Hurricanes also brought in the top recruiting class in the ACC, according to Baseball America. Miami’s talented class is comprised of 19 newcomers, 12 freshmen and seven transfers who are expected to compete and contribute immediately.