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Hurricanes ranked No. 15 IN D1Baseball Preseason Poll

Miami picks up second top 20 ranking

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25 Days Until Miami Baseball kicks off the season.

Courtesy UM:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami checked in at No. 15 in the inaugural D1Baseball poll released Monday, marking the Hurricanes' second top 20 ranking of the preseason.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranked Miami No. 14 in its preseason poll released in December.

Miami, which finished 44-19 in 2014 and earned one of 16 NCAA postseason Regional host sites, ended the season atop the ACC with a 24-6 record in conference play. Head coach Jim Morris' team also took home their second ACC Regular Season Championship in program history en route to a top seed at the ACC Baseball Championship in Greensboro, N.C. 

The Hurricanes, who in 2014 extended their postseason streak to a college baseball-record 42 consecutive years, return a number of key contributors from last season both on the mound and in the field.

Miami features a trio of Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans: first-team catcher Zack Collins, second-team ace Andy Suarez and second-team reliever Bryan Garcia. Returning 2014 All-ACC selections include Collins, Garcia and Suarez, as well as outfielder Willie Abreu.

Collins was named 2014
Baseball America National Freshman of the Year after a prolific first season, Suarez was the highest-drafted college player to return to school nationwide (second round, Washington Nationals), while Garcia earned All-America honors after delivering a dominant season as the team's closer.