No. 20 Hurricanes Gear Up for Test at No. 7 Virginia
HURRICANES HEAD TO CHARLOTTESVILLE
• Following an undefeated homestand, No. 20 Miami visits seventh-ranked Virginia for a three-game set.
• The Hurricanes have won 12 of the last 13 meetings and lead the all-time series over the Cavaliers, 37-29.
• In 2022, Miami swept then-No. 3 Virginia, taking all three games from a top-three team for the first time in a decade.
• Under fifth-year head coach Gino DiMare, Miami has totaled the best conference winning percentage (.627) in the ACC.
• Sophomore right-handed pitcher Gage Ziehl (4-3, 4.58 ERA) opposes graduate student rigthy Brian Edgington (5-0, 1.64 ERA) in the series opener Friday.
• In ACC action, Ziehl has tallied a 1.65 ERA, the fourth-best mark in the league this season.
PARTY LIKE IT’S 2001
• For the first time in 22 years and the eighth time in school history, the Hurricanes picked up their first-weekend sweep over rival Florida State.
• Across the three-game set, Miami outscored the Seminoles, 27-6, recording an 11-0 victory in the series opener, a 3-2 win Saturday and a 13-4 triumph in the finale Sunday.
• All three Miami starters pitched into the eighth inning, marking the first occurrence three consecutive Hurricane hurlers accomplished that feat since 2014.
• Sophomore ace Karson Ligon earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors, following a career-best eight shutout innings.
• Saturday starter Gage Ziehl tied a career high with nine strikeouts across 7 2/3 frames of one-run baseball.
• Junior right-hander Alejandro Rosario punched out a career-best 12 batters over a career-long eight innings, retiring the final 14 batters he faced.
HOME SWEET HOME
• The Hurricanes are off to their best 21-game start at home since 2016, posting a 18-3 mark inside the friendly confines of Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field this season.
• Miami is slashing .313/.425/.585, outscoring its opponents, 191-93, across its 21 home contests.
• With head coach Gino DiMare at the helm, the Hurricanes boast a 101-32 (.759) record at Mark Light Field.
• Through its first 29 games, Miami has notched 11 come- from-behind victories, including three walk-off wins.
• The Canes are 5-7 when trailing after six innings, matching their entire win total in those situations from last year.
• Miami overcame a five-run deficit at then-No. 6 Florida, scoring 13 unanswered runs and rallied to win following a six run deficit against then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.
• The Hurricanes have registered seven five-plus-run frames, recording a season-high 10 runs in the seventh inning versus the Hokies on March 18.
• As of April 6, the Hurricanes are seventh nationally and lead the ACC in home runs (60).
• 117-of-227 (51.5%) of the Hurricanes’ runs have been plated by a homer compared to 161-of-457 (35.2%) a year ago.
• Miami has circled the bases in 24 of its 29 games, totaling 18 multi-homer performances along the way.
• The Canes are 19-5 when launching at least one home run and 16-2 when mounting two-plus jacks.
• The Hurricanes are on pace for 113 homers during the regular season, which would rank as the second-most by a Miami team in a single season.
• Fifteen different Hurricanes have left the yard, with junior Carlos Perez blasting a team-best eight round-trippers.