On the heels of a 45-win season that saw Miami win their 3rd consecutive ACC Coastal Division Championship and become a fixture in the top 5 of all 4 major national polls, and saw the team rise to the #1 Ranking for the first time since 2008 in April, the Canes were rewarded for their on-field excellence by being the #3 National Seed for the College Baseball Tournament.
#3 National Seed! #OMAHA— Hurricanes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) May 30, 2016
Miami was not the only ACC team to earn a National Seed. Louisville and Clemson joined the Canes by earning the #2 and #7 National Seeds.
A year ago, Miami won the Coral Gables regional over East Carolina, FIU, and Columbia, who pushed Miami to a decisive final game of Regionals. Miami won that game 21-3.
Following that Regional victory, the Canes swept upstart VCU in 2 games to win the Super Regional and secure a trip to Omaha for the College World Series.
Turning the focus back to 2016, after previously being announced as a Regional Host, the Canes will be the 1 seed in the Coral Gables Regional, and will be joined by 2 seed Florida Atlantic, 3 seed Long Beach State and 4 seed Stetson. Canes open Regionals vs. Stetson on Friday night at 7pm.
Coral Gables Regional— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) May 30, 2016
3. Long Beach St.
Regionals are double elimination, with the winner moving on to Super Regionals.
As a top 8 National Seed, the Canes would host both Regionals and Super Regionals on the path to Omaha for the College Wold Series. The winner of the Coral Gables Regional will play the winner of the Oxford (Ole Miss) Regional in Super Regionals.
The Canes have extended their own NCAA record by making it to the NCAA regionals for a 44th consecutive season. Miami looks to add to their collection of hardware with a CWS Championship this year. The Canes made a run to Omaha for the College World Series last year, but were eventually eliminated in 3 games.
With 7 All-ACC players on the roster, and a wealth of talent on the club, the Canes look to regain the glory of years past by winning it all in Omaha.
Congrats to the Canes for earning a National Seed. Now, the march down the Road to Omaha begins!