Hurricanes Baseball Picks up three top 20 rankings


Canes will enter 2014 ranked in every major poll

Courtesy UM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- 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.

USA Today Poll:

1 Cal State Fullerton (18) 51-10 729 10
2 LSU (6) 57-11 683 6
3 Oregon State 52-13 648 4
4 Mississippi State (4) 51-20 632 2
5 Florida State 47-17 595 13
6 Virginia 50-12 560 11
7 Oregon 48-16 541 15t
8 Vanderbilt 54-12 538 9
9 North Carolina State 50-16 533 5
10 UCLA 49-17 490 1
11 Indiana 49-16 484 7
12 North Carolina 59-12 450 3
13 Louisville 51-14 429 8
14 South Carolina 43-20 416 12
15 Rice 44-20 274 15t
16 Clemson 40-22 248 25
17 Miami (Fla.) 37-25 240 NR
18 Oklahoma State 41-19 220 21
19 Arizona State 37-22-1 198 19t
20 Florida 29-30 181 NR
21 Kansas State 45-19 118 14
22 Texas 27-24 95 NR
23 TCU 29-28 93 NR
24 Louisiana-Lafayette 43-20 88 NR
25 Stanford 32-22 84 NR
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