Falling 10-2 to the South Florida Bulls in Saturday’s winners bracket matchup, the Canes must now win their next three games in the Gainesville regional in order to advance to the Super Regional.
With a 1-0 win over the South Alabama Jaguars in the opening round Friday, the No. 2 seeded Canes (33-19, 20-15 ACC) advance to play South Florida in the winners’ bracket final at Florida Ballpark Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Hurricanes will compete this weekend in the double elimination bracket with No. 1 regional seed and No. 15 national seed Florida, No. 3 regional seed South Alabama and No. 4 regional seed South Florida.
Though a conference championship was unattainable, the Hurricanes failed to complete a ninth-inning rally on Friday and defeat the Seminoles for the first time this season.
The Hurricanes are out of the ACC Tournament championship conversation with one more game to play tomorrow.
It’s a brand-new season as UM (32-17, 20-15 ACC) make their next move in what they hope is a deep, late spring run.
The Miami Hurricanes did what they could to earn themselves an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship on the regular season’s final day Saturday.
Miami and Louisville were paired to finish the season as the ACC’s two most likely contenders, with the teams projected preseason to win the Coastal and Atlantic divisions. Neither side has met those expectations—yet.
“Couldn’t get anything going, couldn’t get leadoff hitters on base,” Miami coach Gino DiMare said.
In a closely-battled thriller, the Hurricanes escaped with a 5-4 victory, stealing the series from the Coastal Division-leading Yellow Jackets and earning a pair of huge conference wins in the season’s home stretch.
After enduring a blowout loss to Georgia Tech on Friday night, Canes baseball rebounded on Saturday with a blowout win of their own, celebrating Senior Night with a pre-game ceremony and a dominant 10-3 win over the Yellow Jackets.
"Everybody is waiting for this team to get it going...If we play to our potential, we can play with anybody," said Miami head coach Gino DiMare.