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CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- The University of Miami picked up its first top 10 ranking of the preseason Tuesday, making its debut in Perfect Game’s top 25 at No. 10.
The ranking was Miami’s third top 15 mark of the preseason; Collegiate Baseball Newspaper slotted Miami at No. 14 in its preseason poll released in December, while D1Baseball rated Miami No. 15 in its rankings released Monday.
Miami’s No. 10 ranking continued an impressive stretch of preseason honors for the Hurricanes. Perfect Game named sophomore catcher Zack Collins to the Preseason All-America first team, while closer Bryan Garcia was a third-team selection. In addition, nine Hurricanes were ranked among the Perfect Game top 100 player breakdowns by class released last week – click HERE for more.
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.
Collins was named 2014 Baseball America National Freshman of the Year after a prolific first season, lefthander Andy Suarez was the highest-drafted college player to return to school nationwide (second round, Washington Nationals), while Garcia earned NCBWA All-America honors after delivering a dominant season as the team's closer.
To view the Perfect Game top 25, click HERE