The University of Miami announced the 2020 Hurricanes baseball schedule Thursday. As always, the ‘Canes will face one of the toughest schedules in the country, with series against Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and other national powerhouses on the schedule.
The 2020 season will be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent memory for Miami. The ‘Canes return nearly the entire starting lineup and pitching rotation from last year’s 41-20 squad. Miami will be led on the diamond by standout shortstop Freddy Zamora, a projected Top-15 MLB Draft pick.
The ‘Canes open the regular season on Valentine’s Day, February 14, against Rutgers, whom Miami has opened the season with for the last five years. The Hurricanes will then play one of their biggest series of the season against Florida in just the second week of the year.
For more on the schedule, the following is a press release from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head coach Gino DiMare released the Hurricanes’ 2020 baseball schedule Thursday.
”We always play one of the toughest schedules in the country year in and year out, and this season is no different,” DiMare said. “The ACC is consistently one of the top conferences in all of college baseball. Add in Florida and some of the other teams we play from across the state that are competing for conference championships and it should be a challenging schedule. I know our players and staff are looking forward to it.”
Miami opens its second season under the direction of DiMare on Feb. 14 with the opener of a three-game series against Rutgers (Feb. 14-16). The following weekend, rival Florida (Feb. 21-23) comes to The Light for a three-game set that will only add to the excitement at the beginning of the season.
The Hurricanes’ home schedule also includes series with Pitt (March 6-8), Virginia (March 20-22), North Carolina (April 10-12), Louisville (April 17-19) and Clemson (May 8-10), among others.
Miami’s road schedule includes trips to Virginia Tech (Mar. 13-15), Duke (March 27-29), Notre Dame (April 3-5), Florida State (April 24-26) and Georgia Tech (May 14-16).
To view Miami’s complete 2020 schedule, click HERE. All times are subject to change.
A year ago, the Hurricanes won 41 games and returned to the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2016. The Canes earned the 46th postseason berth in program history and reached the Starkville Regional final before falling to No. 6 Mississippi State.
The Hurricanes went 18-12 in ACC play, winning seven conference series and turning in their best conference record since 2016.
Miami closed out the 2019 season ranked in the top 25 of every major poll, finishing as high as No. 19 in the final edition of the D1Baseball Top 25. Miami came in at No. 22 in the Baseball America Top 25 and No. 24 in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Div. I Baseball Poll. The Canes were also ranked No. 24 in the final NCBWA Division I Poll.
Four Canes were named All-ACC, including returners Adrian Del Castillo, Brian Van Belle and Raymond Gil. Del Castillo was also one of 12 players picked for the 2019 ACC All-Freshman Team.
Del Castillo earned a litany of awards after his outstanding collegiate debut season. The Miami native was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game and was joined by right-handed pitcher Slade Cecconi on Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Freshman All-America Team. Del Castillo was also named to the ABCA All-Region Team and was one of five Hurricanes named to the all-regional team at the Starkville Regional, joined by Gil, Van Belle, first baseman Alex Toral and designated hitter JP Gates.
Toral led a powerful Hurricane lineup that clubbed and ACC-best 85 home runs on the season, the most since Miami hit 106 in 2010. The herculean first baseman smashed a conference-leading 24 home runs on the season that ranked third in Division I and moved him into a tie with Yonder Alonso for the second-most home runs by a Hurricane in a single season.
Twelve different Hurricanes hit at least one home run in 2019, sparking an explosion of power from the Miami bats that matched the 2018 season home run total of 23 after just 15 games in 2019. The Canes’ 85 homers were more than the combined team home run total of 58 from the previous two seasons (35 in 2017 and 23 in 2018).
The Canes also brought in a talented recruiting class that has ranked as high as No. 6 nationally and is considered among the best incoming classes in the country.