The Miami Hurricanes will once again not take part in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The ‘Canes finished at 28-26 (17-14 ACC) in Jim Morris’ final season. Miami finished the season on an 11-1 run, but they fell just short of earning an at-large bid for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
As a result Gino DiMare inherits a program that has missed baseball’s postseason dance for two consecutive years. It’ll be a tough challenge for the new head coach, as Miami will enter next season having burned through their long time recognition as a top tier program. They’ll have to earn every ounce of respect they get next season. They won’t be ranked in the preseason, they won’t be picked to make much noise in the ACC, and many may even see the Hurricanes as a team that will miss the NCAA Tournament again.
The Hurricanes will have to improve next season, they can no longer afford to put themselves in a position to need a late season run to make the tournament. They need to start well, and continue that through the whole year.
It’s a bleak day for Miami, but with most of the roster returning, there’s a bright future. It’s just a matter of truly taking advantage, a tall task for a new head coach.