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Miami Baseball Opens ACC Play in Blacksburg vs. VT

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Game TimesFriday: 5:30 p.m. | Saturday: 1 p.m. | Sunday: 1 p.m.


Pitching Probables:

Friday: LHP Thomas Woodrey (Miami) vs. LHP Packy Naughton (VT)

Saturday: LHP Michael Mediavilla (Miami) vs. LHP Kit Scheetz (VT)

Sunday: LHP Danny Garcia (Miami) vs. TBA (VT)

Broadcasts:

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

Notables:

CANES IN BLACKSBURG FOR ACC OPENING SERIES

• After wrapping up a season-opening, 13-game homestand with six straight wins, #6 Miami travels to English Field in Blacksburg, Va., for its first ACC series of the year against host Virginia Tech.

• The Hurricanes carry a 26-7 lead in the all-time series against the Hokies, including a 13-5 mark in Blacksburg. Miami has won six straight games against Virginia Tech, including series sweeps in 2014 in Blacksburg and in 2015 at Mark Light Field.

• Miami has a 24-9 all-time mark in ACC opening series since joining the conference prior to the 2005 season, and have opened against Virginia Tech twice (2006, 2011) - both times at home.


LOOKING FOR A THREE-PEAT

• Miami won its second straight ACC Coastal Division title in 2015, posting a 22-8 record in ACC play to earn the division crown.

• The Hurricanes, who were picked to win the ACC Coastal Division once again in 2016, have won 46 ACC games over the past two seasons - the second-best two-year stretch by any program since ACC expanded to a 30-game conference schedule prior to 2005.

• Miami has won the ACC Regular Season Championship twice, most recently in 2014 when the Canes finished 24-6; the Hurricanes won the ACC regular season crown & ACC Tournament in 2008.

• Miami received 13 out of a possible 14 first-place ACC Coastal votes in the coaches poll.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT FOR MORRIS

• With four more victories in 2016, head coach Jim Morris will become just the sixth coach in the history of Division I baseball to reach the 1,500-win milestone (1,496).

• Morris, who has won 992 games during his illustrious 22-year-plus tenure, is eight wins away from becoming the second coach in Miami history to reach 1,000 wins at the helm (Ron Fraser - 1,267).

• With 13 more wins, Morris will move past Larry Hays (1,508) as the fifth-winningest coach in Division I baseball history by victories.

• Since his arrival in 1994, Miami’s 992 wins are sixth-most in D1.

DESTINATION: OMAHA

• Miami made its return to the College World Series in 2015, marking the program’s first trip to Omaha, Neb., since 2008. Miami’s 24 College World Series trips are the second-most of any program in the country.

• The Hurricanes have won 48 games in the College World Series, the fourth-most of any program nationwide; Miami’s four national championships (1982, 1985, 1999, 2001) rank fifth-most.

• Since the NCAA began award national seeds prior to the 1999 season, Miami has been among the top eight six seasons: 1999 (#1), 2001 (#2), 2003 (#8), 2004 (#3), 2008 (#1) and 2015 (#5).

• Of the 41 teams that have been awarded national seeds since 1999, Miami is one of just 12 programs to have earned the distinction five or more seasons.