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#4 Miami Baseball Welcomes No. 17 Clemson to The Light

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Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Courtesy UM

Game Times: Friday: 7 p.m. | Saturday: 7 p.m. | Sunday: 1 p.m.


Pitching Probables:

Friday: LHP Thomas Woodrey (Miami) vs. RHP Clate Schmidt (Clemson)

Saturday: LHP Michael Mediavilla (Miami) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (Clemson)

Sunday: LHP Danny Garcia (Miami) vs. TBA

Broadcasts:

TV:      ESPN3 / WatchESPN (all three games)

Flagship Radio: 560 WQAM | WQAM.com (Sunday only)

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

Notables:

HOMESTAND ENDS WITH TIGERS

• Miami wraps a seven-game homestand with an ACC series against visiting Clemson from March 25-27. All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

• The Hurricanes carry a 35-28-1 all-time lead in the head-to-head series against the Tigers, including a 16-1-0-1 lead in games played in Coral Gables. Miami has won seven of the last 10 matchups.

• Miami has posted back-to-back series wins against Clemson, sweeping the Tigers at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in 2014 and winning two of three at The Light in 2013.

• The Tigers are off to a 17-3 start including a 5-1 record in ACC play under first-year head coach Monte Lee.


MORRIS EARNS #1500 IN STYLE

• With a walk-off grand slam by junior Willie Abreu vs. Louisville on March 18, Miami head coach Jim Morris became just the sixth coach in history of Division I baseball to reach the 1,500-win milestone.

• Morris, who has won 998 games during his illustrious 22-year-plus tenure at Miami, is two wins away from becoming the second coach in Miami history to reach 1,000 wins at the helm (Ron Fraser - 1,267).

• With seven 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 998 wins are sixth-most in Division I.

CLIMBING UP THE RECORD BOOKS

• Closer Bryan Garcia entered the year with the fifth-most saves in Miami history (25), and has gotten off to a hot start in 2016. His eighth save of 2016 (and 33rd of his career) came last time out vs. Bethune-Cookman (3/23).


• Garcia is chasing the all-time record for saves in a career, which is 39 - held by George Huguet (2001-2004). Garcia’s 15 saves as a freshman in 2014 tied for the seventh-most in a single season.

• Garcia moved past Danny Graves (1992-94) for sole possession of fourth place (29), and needs one more to tie Robbie Morrison (1996-98) for third (34), four more to tie Rick Raether (1984-86) for second (37) and is six behind Huguet for first (39).

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.