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No. 20 Baseball Looking to Continue Momentum

UM takes on Pitt in Weekend Series.

Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Courtesy UM

SERIES INFORMATION – GAMES 35-37

#20 MIAMI HURRICANES (22-12, 11-4 ACC) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers  (16-16, 8-7 ACC)

Coral Gables, Fla.  •  Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field (4,999)


Fri., April 11 (7 p.m. ET) • Sat., April 12 (7 p.m.) • Sun., April 13 (12 p.m.)

Flagship Radio: 560 WQAM (Friday, Sunday) - Joe Zagacki (PBP), Mike Levine (color)

Student Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM | WVUM.org (all three)

Video: Canes All-Access (HurricaneSports.com) (all three) ($)


SERIES HISTORY

Miami leads the all-time series between the two schools by a perfect 6-0 margin. Miami has not played the Panthers - an ACC newcomer - since the 2009 season, when the Hurricanes came up with an 11-6 victory.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Game One: MIAMI LHP Chris Diaz (5-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. PITT RHP Rhys Aldenhoven (2-2, 3.52 ERA)
Game Two: MIAMI LHP Andrew Suarez (4-1, 3.09 ERA) vs. PITT RHP Joseph Harvey (2-1, 2.41 ERA)
Game Three: MIAMI LHP Bryan Radziewski (2-2, 4.02 ERA) vs. PITT RHP Matt Wotherspoon (3-4, 5.96 ERA)

WEEKEND NEWS AND NOTES

UNFAMILIAR FOE...

• After capturing its midweek game at UCF to extend its winning streak to nine straight games, #20 Miami returns home for a weekend series against ACC newcomer Pittsburgh at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

• Miami has not played the Panthers since the 2009 season, when the Hurricanes came up with an 11-6 victory. Miami has a perfect 6-0 record against the Panthers in the all-time series history.

• Miami enters the weekend with a firm hold on second place in the Coastal Division, just one game behind No. 3 Virginia. The Hurricanes are one of just four ACC teams with double-digit ACC wins through the first five conference weekends (11-4), and boast the second-longest winning streak in Division I baseball at nine games (Western Carolina, 11).

UPDATING THE RESUME...

• Miami has used its nine-game winning streak, including back-to-back ACC road sweeps, to vault to No. 23 in the latest Warren Nolan Top 25 RPI (April 10).

• Miami has eight wins against teams in the Warren Nolan Top 50 RPI, including a road win over No. 3 Florida State, a series victory over No. 4 Florida, a win over No. 10 Virginia, a road sweep of No. 40 NC State and a road win against No. 44 Georgia Tech.

• With a challenging ACC slate remaining, Miami’s strength of schedule is rated No. 25 by Warren Nolan.

CALLED UP CANES…

• Miami’s current nine Major League players are tied for the most of any school in the ACC (North Carolina) and the third-most of any program nationwide. The Hurricanes trail only Arizona State (11) and Long Beach State (10) in Major League players.

• Seven former Miami Hurricanes found themselves on 2014 MLB Opening Day rostersYonder Alonso (San Diego), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Yasmani Grandal (San Diego), Jon Jay (St. Louis), Chris Perez (Los Angeles Dodgers), Gaby Sanchez(Pittsburgh) and Danny Valencia (Kansas City).

• Jemile Weeks (Baltimore) and Chris Herrmann (Minnesota) opened the season on their respective team’s 40-man rosters, and were called up from AAA within the first two weeks of the season.